National Minimum Wage penalties to increase to £20,000 from February 2014

January 2014 Rogue employers who do not pay their workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will face an increased penalty of up to £20,000 as part of government’s crackdown on employers who break the law. Currently employers that break NMW law must pay the unpaid wages plus a financial penalty calculated as 50% of the… Read more »

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Guidance on TUPE Employment Rights

16 January 2014 The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has, at the last hour, published guidance on the revised 2006 TUPE Regulations and the 2014 Regulations. On 6 April 2006, the revised Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (called ‘the TUPE Regulations’ and ‘the Regulations’ in this guidance) came into force1. The TUPE… Read more »

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Guidance updated on contractual enrolment and automatic enrolment

17 January 2014 The Pensions Regulator has updated their guidance to make it clear that contractual enrolment is not the same as automatic enrolment. The guidance focuses on: Contractual enrolment requires worker consent – automatic enrolment does not Schemes currently used for contractual enrolment need to be reviewed if they’re to be used for automatic… Read more »

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HMRC stakeholder update – number 1

14 January 2014 HMRC has circulated their first weekly update for 2014 to stakeholders, which looks to provide informal highlights as a result of listening to employer feedback and working in partnership with stakeholders. Employer Payment booklets update Update about the bulk dispatch of the 2014 to 2015 Payment Booklets and the weekly dispatch of… Read more »

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Payday Loans (PDL)

Payday Loans (PDL) The CIPP has been writing to payroll outsourcers and major companies to ask for their support in setting up a new credit union to provide individuals in the UK with an alternative to payday loans. The new credit union is being set up by the Retail Trust but is not confined to… Read more »

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Employment Status: Workers

Difference Between Self Employed and a Worker Is a person who is unequivocally classified in his written contract as being in business on his own account incapable of being a worker for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations 1998? Not necessarily, held the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Boss Projects LLP v Bragg. Daniel… Read more »

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Disability Discrimination: Knowledge of Disability

8 January 2014 Can an employer rely only on an Occupational Health Report when deciding whether an employee is disabled? No, held the Court of Appeal in Gallop v Newport City Council. Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin summarises the case: An employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee only arises where the… Read more »

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CIS Repayment Claims for Companies

Please use the following points as a checklist to ensure that you have covered all aspects before sending in your company’s CIS repayment claim to HMRC. These are the top issues that are likely to affect how quickly we can process the claim. Please send your claims to PAYE Employer Office Room BP4009 Benton Park… Read more »

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Amendments to the Local Government Association guidance – LGPS Regulations 2013

There have been a couple of small amendments made to guidance and both the HR and Payroll Guides and PDFs tracking the changes made can be found HR version 2.2 and Payroll version 2.2 respectively. “The main substantive change made to the guides is with respect of existing pre-April 2014 AVC contracts. Our [LGA] understanding,… Read more »

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Tackling tax avoidance: Spotlights

‘Spotlights’ warns you about certain tax avoidance schemes which HMRC thinks you should be aware of. These are just some of the schemes which HMRC believes are being widely offered to help those using them to avoid tax. HMRC is currently improving Spotlights to add more schemes. You should be wary of other types of… Read more »

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Getting Started as a New Employer

This webinar is aimed at new employers and those considering starting your first employee. On this webinar HMRC will cover Registering with HMRC, taking on your first employee, Payroll, Paying HMRC and other employer responsibilities.  

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A new electronic message to help employers keep up to date with their PAYE

13 December 2013 HMRC is introducing another new message to help employers keep their PAYE up to date. This electronic message tells the employer that they haven’t sent one or more of the Full Payment Submissions (FPS) that were expected for the last month. It reminds the employer that they must send an FPS each… Read more »

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