“Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

New poll reveals that nearly 1 in 10 workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions or face the sack   Almost a quarter say their working terms, such as pay or hours, have been downgraded since first lockdown in March  TUC says government must deliver on promise to protect and enhance workers’ rights … Continue reading “Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

The TUC is calling on employers to offer furlough to all parents affected by school closures. Last minute decision by ministers to close schools means many working mums and dads are now without childcare TUC asks employers to ‘do the right thing’ and offer furlough to parents And calls on government to introduce 10 days’ … Continue reading Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. 139 companies, including major household names, have short-changed their employees and have been finedoffending firms failed to pay £6.7 million to their workers, in a completely unacceptable breach of employment lawBusiness Minister Paul Scully says the list should be a ‘wake-up call’ … Continue reading Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

A number of areas will move into higher tiers from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December. The government has decided to act ahead of the formal review point, to contain the spread of the new strain of #COVID19. It is thought that an additional 50,000 business will be required to close until further tier reviews allow … Continue reading Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home. Updated guidance is being issued for the clinically extremely vulnerable in areas placed into new Tier 4 restrictions from 20th DecemberThis group of the … Continue reading Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Many a payroll professionals worst nightmare has just happened! Christmas payrolls are a strain at the best of times with the practice of early payments, mixed with extended flexible furlough and the operation of tight deadlines under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). With the Prime-ministers announcement of further lockdown measures for swathes of London, … Continue reading Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

Proposed crackdown on restrictive employment contracts will ensure up to 1.8 million low paid workers across the UK can pick up extra work if they want toother reforms will remove unfair barriers that prevent workers in technology, legal and other sectors from starting up or joining competing businessesplans will give workers more freedom over where … Continue reading Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

November furlough? Need to claim? Deadline Monday 14th December

Employers who have furloughed employees between Sunday 1st November and Monday 30th November (inclusive) who are needing a government grant to help assist with the cost of wages? The claim deadline is Monday 14th December 2020! Get your data ready. Collect the hours worked to ensure your claim is correct. Make sure those employees claimed … Continue reading November furlough? Need to claim? Deadline Monday 14th December

Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

The Government has announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It has accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and … Continue reading Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

Living Hours – first accredited employers

AVIVA AND STANDARD LIFE ABERDEEN BECOME FIRST ‘LIVING HOURS’ EMPLOYERS, AS OVER 80% OF ADULTS BACK HOURS GUARANTEES On 20th October 2020 Aviva and Standard Life Aberdeen were announced as the UK’s first accredited Living Hours Employers. Their accreditation means that, in addition to paying their staff the real Living Wage of £9.30 in the … Continue reading Living Hours – first accredited employers

The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

THE ONLY UK RATE BASED ON LIVING COSTS The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 6,500 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a suprise trip to the dentist. Living Wage accredited employers voluntarily pay the … Continue reading The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

5th November restrictions for England commence

Mr Speaker, I beg to move that these Regulations are approved and that we come together today to implement time-limited restrictions across England from midnight, so we can contain the Autumn surge of the virus, protect our NHS and save many lives - Boris Johnson PM New national restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November … Continue reading 5th November restrictions for England commence

Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The government have issued the following information which may provide some added clarity: Extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will be extended until 2 December 2020. In March, we announced the Coronavirus Jobs … Continue reading Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. New national restrictions from 5 November With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to … Continue reading New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers must get written agreement from their employees or workers to temporarily change their working arrangements (or reach written collective agreement with a trade union) before claiming from the … Continue reading ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Millions of jobs continue to be supported over the winter with the government’s JSS from Sunday, 1 November. combined with the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), the Job Support Scheme … Continue reading Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. To be eligible for the grant employers must have written agreements with their employee (or written collective agreement with a trade union) that they have offered a temporary working … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

Employee Parental leave rights

What do you do when you need time to support children. Could you loose your job or be passed over for promotion. Laws are is in place to protect qualifying employees when they need to take care of parental responsibilities. Eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave to look after their child’s welfare. Find out … Continue reading Employee Parental leave rights

Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

government extends protection to guarantee National Minimum Wage for maritime workersnew wage law to ensure fair pay for over 10,000 maritime workers across the countrylatest move in government’s long-standing work to support seafarers, ensuring UK leads the way with highest standards on pay From Thursday 1st October 2020 a change to the law will mean … Continue reading Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

New COVID-19 support schemes announced

Dear @PAYadvice, Additional government support has been announced this week for businesses and employees impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) across the UK. This includes a new Job Support Scheme to protect the jobs of millions of people returning to work, extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, extending the VAT cut (from 20% to 5%) for the … Continue reading New COVID-19 support schemes announced

Job Support Scheme starts 1st November 2020

From 1st November, for the next six months, the Job Support Scheme will protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19. The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to … Continue reading Job Support Scheme starts 1st November 2020

Tax credits claimants will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19

If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell HMRC. They will continue to use the information they already have until 31st October 2020. Those working reduced hours due to coronavirus or … Continue reading Tax credits claimants will continue to receive payments even if working fewer hours due to COVID-19

Overtime and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update

The guidance ‘Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has been updated with a new section on how to calculate a claim for fixed pay employees who have worked enough overtime (in the tax year 2019 to 2020) to have a significant impact on the amount to claim. If your … Continue reading Overtime and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update

Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell the HMRC tax credits office. They will continue to use the information they already have and treat claimants as working their normal hours … Continue reading Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

The future of work can be flexible

There has been a steep rise in the number of employees working flexibly during lockdown, alongside this there has also been a decline in stigma around flexible working during this period. A survey by the University of Kent and Birmingham University asked over 1,000 employed and self-employed workers about working from home during the pandemic … Continue reading The future of work can be flexible

Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a report into parenting during the #coronavirus lockdown. Parents in Great Britain who have been able to work through the coronavirus lockdown have adapted their working patterns around caring for their children. There were some clear trends in how that childcare was delivered. Parents fitted in work … Continue reading Parenting in lockdown: Coronavirus and the effects on work-life balance

TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

The TUC is calling on employers to do the following before asking staff to return to the workplace: Complete their Covid-Secure risk assessments as required by law, in consultation with unions and their workforces Publish their Covid-Secure risk assessment on their website, as the government expects. The TUC is collating links to published risk assessments … Continue reading TUC responds to announcement on return to workplaces from August

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

The U.K. prime minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are #COVID19 secure from 4th July 2020 in England. Boris Johnson The Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted that “I can’t wait to get back to the pub.... and I don’t even drink... Good news for Business.. and glad we’ll have a … Continue reading ‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

With the start of flexible furlough from 1st July 2020, employers will be planning ways of bringing their workforce back into the workplace. Although home working may become a partial norm, business premises will start to open and commence an establishment of a new working norm! ACAS publish guidance for employers on steps and suggested … Continue reading Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

From 1st July employees can return to work part-time and be furloughed for the remaining usual work time not worked. Employers claiming for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ‘part 2’ must calculate the employees ‘usual’ and ‘furloughed’ hours to calculate their claim. From 1st July, employers will: only be able to claim for employees … Continue reading Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

More detail on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are due 12th June 2020 along with new calculator and guidance applicable for the introduction of flexible furlough. The current CJRS phase 1 ends at the end of June 2020 with employers set a claim deadline of 31st July 2020. Employers will need to ensure that … Continue reading Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

Been furloughed by your employer – you can potentially take up an alternate job #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government report seeing ‘some recent misreporting we wish to clear up. You can take on other employment while on furlough, provided your existing employment contract permits it’ Some contracts may contain exclusivity clauses, however, if present they need to be reasonable. Any exclusivity clause In a zero hours contract are not valid since being … Continue reading Been furloughed by your employer – you can potentially take up an alternate job #COVID19 #coronavirus

National MinimumWage rise day arrives (1st April 2020)

It’s National Minimum Wage (#NMW) and National Living Wage rise day. For pay period which commence from 1st April 2020, the new rates apply for relevant worked hours. Employers need to consider their compliance approach especially for lower paid workers who are part of salary sacrifice schemes. With the 6.2% rise, many people in work … Continue reading National MinimumWage rise day arrives (1st April 2020)

Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. Government to amend regulations to allow annual leave to be carried over into the next 2 yearsmeasures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlementsmove gives … Continue reading Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

Working from home? Where an employer chooses to pay an allowance for their workers who are working at home under a home working arrangement, the allowable amount which is tax and NI free (with no requirement for expense recording) is being raised from the current flat rate £4 per week (£18 per month) to a … Continue reading Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

#COVID19 – advice for employers and employees – #coronavirus

Keep up to date on the developing policy, legislation and advice. Primary resources for employers and employees are available from ACAS who are reviewing their advice daily. “We're monitoring government updates and when legal changes happen, we will update” the ACAS webpage. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of: new continuous cough … Continue reading #COVID19 – advice for employers and employees – #coronavirus

#CIPPACE19 – Employment Law Update

Jade Linton of Thursfields provided an update on Employment Law Employers may face legislation requiring more accurate recording of worked time. The government is consulting on measures to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses. A number of tribunal cases. The correct way to calculate holiday pay is to base it on working days not calendar … Continue reading #CIPPACE19 – Employment Law Update

Zero hours contract but required to be available? Scheduled work cancelled? Sent home early? One-sided working flexibility to be challenged

An open consultation has been launched by UK government in relation to proposals by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to tackle one sided flexible working practices and provide additional worker protections. This forms part of the Good Work Plan. One of the issues raised through the governments review by Matthew Taylor was that a minority … Continue reading Zero hours contract but required to be available? Scheduled work cancelled? Sent home early? One-sided working flexibility to be challenged

Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed

National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay rights, Sick Pay rights - consultation on new enforcement body to support workers. Following the Matthew Taylor review proposals, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation the 'Good Work Plan: establishing a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights' The UK been leading the way … Continue reading Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed

Are you being paid below National Minimum Wage or aged 25 and above and being paid under the National Living Wage?

Are you being paid for all of your work time? Does your employer expect you to do free additional work outside of paid time? Do you have to buy clothing to work or equipment to work for your employer? Are you expected to turn up earlier and stay later than your paid time? If you … Continue reading Are you being paid below National Minimum Wage or aged 25 and above and being paid under the National Living Wage?

Worked hours recording – court ruling for EU member states may impact UK domestic law

Do UK employers adequately monitor and record employee working? Is there a culture of additional free to the employer and from the employees own free time working in the UK that needs addressing? Or is this judgement another EU nanny state interference in work related matters which should be left to each individual nation. Under … Continue reading Worked hours recording – court ruling for EU member states may impact UK domestic law