Erroneous GNS messages relating to Student Loans

Employer Bulletin - October 2019 Issue 80 The following has been kindly provided: Dear Gentlefolk HMRC is aware some employers have incorrectly received a Generic Notice message between 26/06/2020 and 29/06/2020 to advise them to stop Postgraduate loan deductions. – An EPG member clarified “The message we received told us that we had deducted PGL … Continue reading Erroneous GNS messages relating to Student Loans

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

“There are lots of complex things playing out during the pandemic and the risk of death involving COVID-19 is influenced by a range of factors including the job someone does, but also age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions. We also know that people living in the most deprived local areas, and those living in urban … Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

Mandatory MOT testing is reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted. MOT ensure that vehicle parts, including tyres, seatbelts, brakes, lights and exhausts, are in proper working order. Due to the #coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the … Continue reading Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak The publication of a further Treasury direction on the CJRS is now live. This direction reflects the extension of the Scheme to 31st October 2020, and the changes to the terms of the scheme from 1st July 2020 onwards, announced by the Chancellor on 12th May 2020. This direction does not contain … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Dear @PAYadvice, HM Treasury letter box by PSP(c)2020 We wrote to you recently to help you prepare for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a reminder that you can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1‌‌‌ ‌July onwards. From 1‌‌‌ ‌July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously … Continue reading Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

RTI Earlier Year Updates – the end is nigh

The HMRC Operational Excellence section have confirmed the end of the Real Time Information (RTI) Earlier Year Update EYU. HMRC, Shipley by PSP(c)2019 SDST has shared the following message from specialists in HMRC’s Operational Excellence section: “We wrote you in November 2018 and March 2019 about the pilot to extend the use of the RTI … Continue reading RTI Earlier Year Updates – the end is nigh

Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Today @AmazonUK and @e_nation have launched the Amazon Small Business Accelerator which will help over 200,000 businesses to start, recover, grow, and accelerate thanks to free training, services and support. Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one. … Continue reading Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Apprenticeships and social mobility

New Report finds that the apprenticeship system is failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Workers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind by the apprenticeship system, with numbers slumping by more than a third since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, says the Social Mobility Commission in its report ‘Apprenticeships and social mobility: Fulfilling potential’ published … Continue reading Apprenticeships and social mobility

Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

4 years ago on 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Changes in employment rights start to apply from 1st January 2021 with changes applicable from 1 July 2020 in relation to right to work checks for EU citizens. There will be no change to right to work checks until … Continue reading Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

‘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

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Part 1 is soon coming to an end on 30th June 2020. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Friday 20th March 2020, the Scheme covered from 1st March through 30th June for those who were furloughed for a minimum period of 21 consecutive days. The last new furlough … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

#COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. It encourages carrying out a risk assessment and helps identify workplace adjustments. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to … Continue reading #COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

H & DD by PSP (c)2016 As a result of the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic with millions of employees being placed on furlough, new rules are introduced to protect those who are going on parental leave and receiving statutory payments for maternity, adoption, paternity, bereavement and shared parental responsibilities. HMRC now advise: If your employee was … Continue reading Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

HMRC have updated coronavirus guidance to reflect recent announcements. The following has been added: Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme If your employee is a military reservist returning to work after 10 June You can … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

From ‘flexible furlough’ to working out the amount you can claim – there have been key changes to the Job Retention Scheme. Significant changes apply from 1st July 2020: Plan itAgree itCalculate itPay itClaim itRecord it Sign up now Register your place on the HMRC webinar:Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeand flexible furloughing PAYadvice.UK … Continue reading Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

The ‘employer help’ website from Jobcentre Plus offers a range of advice to help business overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff. The types of resources and services available include: … Continue reading Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

#BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

With the end of the EU transition period, the free movement within the U.K. ends with the introduction of a new points based system which will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. This means changes for businesses and the government have issued a guide for employers: The UK’s points-based immigration system:An introduction for employers From … Continue reading #BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

P45 & P60 stationery being withdrawn

HMRC are to withdraw the facility for employers to order blank P45s and P60s from 1st August 2020. The HMRC forms were provided free of charge. Only 3% of employers ordered HMRC provided stationery in 2019. Most employers either print their own P45s using A4 plain paper black and white images, or use approved P60 … Continue reading P45 & P60 stationery being withdrawn

Self-employed new parents can claim #COVID19 support grant #coronavirus

Z&R by PSP (c)2020 The government have announced that self-employed parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018/2019 because they took time out to have children will be able to claim for a payment under the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS). The scheme requires claimants to have traded in 2018/2019 with their profits making up at … Continue reading Self-employed new parents can claim #COVID19 support grant #coronavirus

Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

The Pension Regulator (TPR) has updated its COVID-19 guidance as a result of flexible furlough commencing from 1st July 2020. This new guidance recognises that: from 1st July 2020, staff on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may work part of the time for their employerfor claims starting on or after 1st August 2020, … Continue reading Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

6th April 2021 sees the commencement of Student Loan deductions type Plan 4. On 9th June 2018 Scotland’s First Minister announced that Scotland will raise their student loan earnings threshold to £25,000 from April 2021. This will be for new and existing borrowers and the repayment period reduced to 30 years from 35 (in line … Continue reading Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

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

Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Support available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Late filing and payment penalties HMRC is supporting taxpayers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic... [Taxpayers] should continue to pay and file on time... However, HMRC understands that some... will find it difficult to meet deadlines. For example, they may not have access to their business premises or be … Continue reading Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Military reservists able to access the self employment scheme and those returning to work the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) Rishi Sunak said serviceman and servicewomen who come back to their day job after completing a period of active duty will be able to be furloughed by their employer under the recently extended Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

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

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 2. CJRS Part 1, covered furloughed periods for employees from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 and is coming to an end, with employers who are wanting to receive a grant required to … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

new figures highlight Government support in protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nationsstatistics for Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme show uptake of schemesnew figures also reveal size and sector of businesses furloughing staff Under the CJRS, up until the 31 May more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in … Continue reading UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opened on 13 May and provides assistance to the qualifying self-employed. By midnight on 7 June the government have confirmed: ➡️ 2.6m claims ➡️ £7.5bn claimed Have you claimed? Do you qualify? Your tax agent / accountant cannot apply for this grant on your behalf! Claim a grant through the … Continue reading Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now closed to most new furlough cases. Only those returning from extended leave from 10th June to 30th October 2020 due to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave can be added to a pre-existing employer scheme. Ordinarily, 10th June 2020 was the last start point for a minimum … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

“Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

E by ZJ (c)2019 A new survey by the TUC (published 10th June 2020) indicates that A quarter of pregnant women have faced discrimination at work during the coronavirus outbreak: 1 in 4 pregnant women have been treated unfairlyLow-paid pregnant women are most likely to have lost pay or workHealth of pregnant women at risk … Continue reading “Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

E&R by PSP (c)2020 People on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme HM Treasury announced 9th June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1st July 2020 to support … Continue reading Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus, can an employer withdraw a job offer? ACAS indicate that an employer can withdraw a offer of a job. However, if the offer had been accepted, then there may be a potential breach of contract. So there some question over whether the offer was conditional or unconditional. More information can … Continue reading Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK Changes apply from 8th June 2020. Those arriving must provide their journey and contact details and self-isolate for 14 days. The new rules do not apply to arrivals from Irelandthe Channel Islandsthe Isle of Man Entering the UK Provide your journey and contact details How to … Continue reading Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Jim Harra of the HMRC has provided the following communication: Dear employer, As part of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), I’ve outlined below important dates that may impact you in the coming weeks. Important dates – what you need to know now The scheme will close to anyone who hasn’t been furloughed … Continue reading HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

“One form of transport which has seen a significant increase is cycling – it is great to see people switching to a clean, green mode of transport with significant public health benefits” - Grant Shapps (4th June 2020) Grant Shapps Back on 9th May the government launched its campaign for a new era of walking … Continue reading Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

As the nation returns to work, new requirements to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect Britain are announced as we enter a series of measures to ease lockdown. From 15th June 2020 in England: bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers must wear a face covering on their journey to help reduce the … Continue reading Plan your journey – Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport from 15th June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced 4 June 2020. This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. Normally … Continue reading Drivers granted 7 month photocard licence extension #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Urgent need to view business continuity during #COVID19 return to work activity Have you reviewed your business strategy towards reopening and getting your workforce back into work. For employers wanting to take advantage of the new Flexible Furlough options which come into force from 1st July 2020 allowing full flexibility of part time v furlough … Continue reading Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

UK employers have until 10th June 2020 to furlough employees to take part in the UK Job Retention Scheme. You cannot add additional employees to the Scheme later. For employers who have furloughed employees between 1st March and 30th June for a continuous period of at least 21 consecutive calendar days, you can claim a … Continue reading Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

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