COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes the Employer Bulletin 6 times a year, giving employers and agents the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In April 2032edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements deadline Electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Classification of company cars or … Continue reading April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs claim to want to make it as easy as possible for individuals and their family to claim any benefits, credits and allowances that they might be entitled to. They have pulled together a list of all support they can offer. Check what financial help you can get from HMRC Find out … Continue reading Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

Help with Easter childcare costs

Working parents can get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and out-of-school activities in the Easter holidays. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents in the UK to not miss out on the opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, … Continue reading Help with Easter childcare costs

Movement to Work CEO Summit

Monday 28th March 2022, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey delivered a speech at the Movement to Work CEO Summit. By thinking hard and digging deep in the roundtables you’re about have, how to turn ideas into action at this Summit, you could also be back next year to celebrate the great achievements that come … Continue reading Movement to Work CEO Summit

Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Latest TUC polling by Britain Thinks reveals majority of workers say they have experienced surveillance in the past year Overwhelming support for stronger regulation to protect workers from punitive use of AI and surveillance tech Post Office scandal must be a turning point on uncritical use of worker monitoring tech. Intrusive worker surveillance tech and … Continue reading Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

All measures under Plan B have been lifted meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venuesCOVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from homeIt comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with … Continue reading COVID-19: England returns to plan A

Scottish changes to working from home

Hybrid working to resume in Scotland from 31st January 2022. The Scottish government has confirmed that businesses can prepare to resume hybrid working from Monday 31st January 2022, enabling more people to have a flexible return to working between home and the office. Due to the continued decline in Covid case rates and the progressing … Continue reading Scottish changes to working from home

Returning to offices

Cabinet Office Minister calls for Government departments to accelerate the return to office based working to boost staff collaboration and help support local businesses The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, has tasked departments across government with ensuring their offices can return quickly to full occupancy following the lifting of work from home … Continue reading Returning to offices

England to return to Plan A

People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid PassesVaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19 and people are urged to Get Boosted Now The government announced Wednesday 19th January 2022 that … Continue reading England to return to Plan A

Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

People are losing out on hundreds of pounds after being enticed into using third-party companies to claim tax rebates instead of going directly to HMRC, according to Which? In a survey of over 4,000 people, the consumer champion found one in five (22%) had been contacted by a tax refund company, heard of one by … Continue reading Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

Nine in 10 disabled workers surveyed (90 per cent) who worked from home during the pandemic want to continue doing so at least some of the time, according to a TUC poll. An overwhelming majority of disabled workers who worked from home during the pandemic told the TUC that they want to continue doing so … Continue reading Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

COVID-19 restrictions cut household emissions

With more people staying at home, household greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 10%. Could the shift to home working see lower emissions in the longer term? A new article from the Office for National Statistics explores whether the shift to home working could lead to lower emissions in the longer term. A sharp reduction in … Continue reading COVID-19 restrictions cut household emissions

Autumn and winter Covid plan

The UK Prime Minister has …set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Boosters, testing and refreshed public health advice will help keep the virus under control in the coming monthsPlan B prepared to protect NHS if necessaryPM continues to warn the pandemic is not over and public need to remain … Continue reading Autumn and winter Covid plan

Home Working impact on older workers

The Office for National Statistics report shows that the shift towards working from home seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have helped enable older workers to remain in the labour market for longer. The report shows: Early exit of older workers from the UK labour market, between the age of 50 years and prior … Continue reading Home Working impact on older workers

Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

Employees who have worked from home during the pandemic but are now returning to offices can still claim tax relief on household expenses for this tax year. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that since April, almost 800,000 employees working from home during the pandemic, have claimed tax relief on household related costs. The … Continue reading Almost 800,000 tax relief claims for working from home

Returning to work – Flexible season tickets

New national rail flexible season tickets and online season ticket calculator launch. #TheFutureIsFlexible as 2 and 3 day-a-week passengers given control over their commute, with potential savings of hundreds of pounds against daily and season ticketsonline ‘season ticket calculator’ will help passengers find the cheapest option as flexible season tickets go on sale from 21st … Continue reading Returning to work – Flexible season tickets

TUC research reveals “emerging class divide” in who gets flexible working

Working-class jobs have less access to homeworking, and flexible hours are more likely to be refusedHomeworking is not the only form of flexible working – wider forms of flexible working should be on offer for all workers, says union bodyTUC challenges ministers to ‘make Britain a world leader for flexible working rights’ New polling in … Continue reading TUC research reveals “emerging class divide” in who gets flexible working

Attitudes towards the future of homeworking

The Office for National Statistics (ONS)@ONS has published new research on homeworking, showing that most people (61%) want to spend at least half of their time working from home post-pandemic. The proportion of working adults who did any work from home in 2020 increased to 37% on average from 27% in 2019 with workers living … Continue reading Attitudes towards the future of homeworking

HMRC June 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the June 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on the following: Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information Coronavirus: how HMRC will continue to support customers and the economyClaim working from home tax reliefContinued support for businesses: Statutory Sick … Continue reading HMRC June 2021 Employer Bulletin

Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Prime minister signals that the work from home order will be lifted on 21 JuneRise of homeworking for office workers must not lead to “new inequalities”, warns TUCLack of employment bill in Queen’s Speech a ‘colossal failure’ to address changed expectations of flexibility at work following the pandemic Friday 14th May 2021 is the 16th … Continue reading Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

More than half a million people have claimed the working from home tax relief this tax year and are already benefitting. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is accepting tax relief claims for working from home due to coronavirus during 2021 to 2022. More than 550,000 employed workers have already claimed and are benefitting from the … Continue reading Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Liz Truss calls for flexible working to be normalised – giving employees the option to things like part-time/flexi time, working from home and job shares.New research from the UK Government and jobs website ‘Indeed’ reveals offering flexible working arrangements increases job applications by 30%A national shift to flexible working would boost productivity and particularly help … Continue reading Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Shielding and work

The government are extending shielding guidance until the end of March 2021. So some workers and employees will receive a letter instructing them to shield. It also provides guidance and instruction In relation to work; Work You are strongly advised to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in your area … Continue reading Shielding and work

Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

Those who have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and cannot work from home may be able to get a financial support. England The payment is £500. The claimant must be employed or self-employed and needs to claim within 28 days of the first day of self-isolation. They can only apply for the … Continue reading Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

HMRC have published their new format web delivered Employer Bulletin. It’s absolutely packed with important information which will aid payroll professionals in obtaining vital information and guidance. There are a plethora of important topics: Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment scheme – opt-in from the end of February 2021VAT reverse charge for construction and … Continue reading February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

The Office for National Statistics report ‘Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 22 January 2021’ for the period 13th to 17th January 2021, shows the highest levels of home working since June 2020. “The proportion of working adults that have worked from home was at its highest since June 2020; 45% this week … Continue reading Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Edenred site opens for schools to purchase eGift cards for eligible families to use at their choice of supermarkets Schools can begin ordering free school meal vouchers for eligible pupils from today as the Government’s national scheme launches, adding to the support available for disadvantaged families. An online service for schools, the scheme allows schools … Continue reading National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Businesses still open – is it COVID-secure, and what about those working from home?

For businesses still open under the current national lockdown, they must continue to ensure that premises are COVID-secure. The HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections across the country. And there are also obligations for those working from home. Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic Protect home workers PAYadvice.UK 8/1/2021

Prime Minister announces national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any … Continue reading Prime Minister announces national lockdown

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