A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on the following business activities: any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol; all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. The reduction is valid … Continue reading 5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

If you’ve received a letter about Tax Credits, you have until 31 July to check your income details. This is to ensure you have been paid the correct amount. For help on how to calculate your income or how to renew use the following buttons: Work out your income for tax credit claims How to … Continue reading Tax credits renewal – check your income – deadline 31st July 2020

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, contact tracers will: call you from 0300 013 5000send you text messages from ‘NHStracing’ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website Contact tracers will never: ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 … Continue reading Is it genuine or a scam? NHS Test and Trace contact

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Holidaymakers travelling to and from certain destinations including Germany, France, Spain and Italy will not need to self-isolate on either leg of their journey from 10th July 2020 When planning holidays or overseas travel, people should therefore check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK, including whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their … Continue reading Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer

Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Those working in England can use this government service to find out if you should go back to work during this phase of coronavirus lockdown, and what you can do if you should not be going into work. If you’re currently on furlough you can stay on furlough. However, if you are asked to come … Continue reading Should I go back to work? #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. This added flexibility comes a month earlier than previously announced to … Continue reading Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

So far, the CJRS has helped 1 million employers across the UK furlough 8.4 million jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced changes to the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Flexible furloughing is starting one month early and employers will only be asked to start contributing to furloughed salaries from September 2020. Rishi Sunak Over … Continue reading Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. Additional Regulations (no. 4) come into force from Thursday 28th May 2020 and onwards to provide that a person who is contacted as a result of the new NHS … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Updated 25th May 2020 to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening. After consulting businesses, unions and safety experts, the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have updated the COVID-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June. This advice is … Continue reading Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months, or start making reduced payments. ongoing mortgage support for homeowners still struggling with impact of Coronavirusapplication period for a mortgage holiday also extendedlenders will contact their customers to discuss options The availability … Continue reading Mortgage support extended #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

The HMRC has confirmed that the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with some further clarifications and adjustments as follows: The updated resources are available on the following buttons: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

#COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Jim Harra, of the HMRC has shared the following: The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and the following webinars have the information, guidance and tips to help you to support your clients. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. … Continue reading #COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the CJRS scheme will be extended until the end of October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July. From 1‌‌ August to the end of October, they will introduce more flexibility so employers will be able to bring furloughed employees … Continue reading Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Self Assessment – Affected by #COVID19 – Defer your July payment – #coronavirus

New HMRC guidance explains how Self Assessment customers who have been affected by #coronavirus can defer their payment on account that would normally be due in July. For those who need to defer, remember to cancel any direct debits set up to make this payment. HMRC will automatically treat it as a deferral if they … Continue reading Self Assessment – Affected by #COVID19 – Defer your July payment – #coronavirus

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

The Department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (13th May 2020) have confirmed holiday pay law application during the #coronavirus pandemic. This is a reaffirmation of existing law. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who: continue to workhave been placed on furlough Holiday entitlement Almost all … Continue reading Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Temporary changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during #coronavirus. The changes may affect you if you, or someone you live with, are: on furloughnot able to work or you’re working lessself-employeda critical worker To help make sure critical workers can continue to access the childcare … Continue reading Check if you can get Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare during #coronavirus #COVID19

Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

The UK government have announced in the House of Parliament and the House of Lords tax concession for employers reimbursing employee purchased equipment for home working backdated to 19th March 2020. Exemption for coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses:Written statement - HCWS237 Jesse Norman (The Financial Secretary to the Treasury) To support employees who are … Continue reading Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

The UK government have issued safer travel guidance. With the encouragement of employer to make workplaces safe and for employees who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, employees and individuals need to be careful when travelling, especially on public transport. Grant Shapps, In a statement to the House of Parliament, Grant … Continue reading Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that thr Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended a further 4 months to October 2020. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor ‘By that point, we will have provided eight months of support to British people and businesses. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Is your employer instructing you to return to your normal workplace? Can you undertake work from home? The government are asking employers to put in place additional measures and comply with the governments requirements on managing the risks of #COVID19. Where employers have complied, they have been asked to display the poster illustrated above to … Continue reading Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have issued new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running with workplaces operating as safely as possible. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, ‘so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund … Continue reading New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

If you need support #COVID19 #coronavirus

Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19) Use this government service to find out what help you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus. It can be used for yourself or someone else. Find coronavirus support You can find information about: https://find-coronavirus-support.service.gov.uk/need-help-with PAYadvice.UK 10/5/2020

Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

HMRC has issued clarification (6/5/2020) on the treatment of company cars for those home-working or furloughed where the vehicle is not actively being used. Company car ‘availability’ Your employee may have been furloughed or is working from home, because of coronavirus, and provided with a company car which they still have. You should treat the … Continue reading Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day

More than 135,000 new Universal Credit applications were made on 30th and 31st March 2020. These claimants receive their first payment on Wednesday 6th May 2020 93% of eligible claims have been paid in full. The DWP indicate that others not paid is often due to needing more information, such as a correct bank number. … Continue reading Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day

DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Help keep Britain running Despite the disruption caused by the #coronavirus outbreak, there are thousands of critical jobs out there. A new DWP jobcentreplus website helps with information on what types of roles are good to apply for right now. Find hints and tips on applying for jobs if you haven’t done it for a … Continue reading DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

The governments Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced on 20th March 2020 (with backdated options to 1st March 2020) originally indicated that employment had to commence up to 28th February 2020, excluding any new employment starters from the scheme. In an attempt to prevent (or so claimed) fraud, an extra condition of having to have been … Continue reading ‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

Quickly find and print your National Insurance number using the HMRC App. What you can do with the HMRC app See it your tax code your National Insurance numberan estimate of the tax you need to payyour income and benefitshow much you will receive in tax credits and when they will be paidyour Unique Taxpayer … Continue reading Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

How popular is Homeworking?

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/technologyintensityandhomeworkingintheuk/2020-05-01 UK business has had to rapidly adapt to meet crisis conditions under the Coronavirus pandemic. Working life may now change forever! Return to work plans are now considering more long range inclusion of home-working with some planning on regular 2 days working from home policies as a rule of thumb. Former fears of productivity … Continue reading How popular is Homeworking?

Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

HM Treasury People whose income has been affected by Coronavirus and who want to access their Lifetime ISA funds early will no longer face an additional withdrawal charge. To help people who need to access to their money earlier as a result of the COVID19 outbreak, the charge on unauthorised withdrawals will be temporarily reduced. … Continue reading Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme HM Government have added further clarifications 30th April and two on 1st May. New information has been added 30/4/2030 Union and non-union representativesCompany directors with annual pay periodsEmployees who start family related statutory pay on or after 25th April 2020Clarification on what is included as wages And 2 updates on 1/5/2020 A link to … Continue reading Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/ In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus and many millions of UK workers either furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme or even laid off, the Department for Education have launched on Tuesday 28th April 2020 The Skills Toolkit. Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you … Continue reading Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

Z&R by PSP 2020 HMRC have updated statutory payment average earnings calculation ‘The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ amend the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/1960),the Social Security (Maternity Allowance) … Continue reading Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furloughed – Statutory Parental Pay to be based on normal earnings #COVID19 #coronavirus

H, L & I by PSP The Pay for furloughed workers taking family related leave is to be calculated based on usual earnings rather than furlough payfull earnings will apply to Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay, Parental Bereavement Pay and Adoption Payensures workers about to take family-related leave are not penalised by being … Continue reading Furloughed – Statutory Parental Pay to be based on normal earnings #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Guidance has been updated 23 April 2020 New information has been added on collective agreement reached with a trade union. Clarified eligibility criteria, including for employees on fixed-term contracts. If your employee is on a fixed term contract An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for if either: … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

#Coronavirus and your money #COVID19

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-and-your-money The Money Advice Service is an excellent resource of information and activity to help and assist with personal finance concerns. The coronavirus outbreak means this is going to be an incredibly stressful period, because although this is a health-based emergency, it’s also a financial-based emergency too. The more you can do now to plan … Continue reading #Coronavirus and your money #COVID19

‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/customs-excise-and-vat-fraud-reporting? HM Revenue and Customs are encouraging abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on their ‘Report fraud’ weblink. They state that ‘If you are concerned that your employer is abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme you should report them’. So what types of abuse is this referring. They state that ‘This could include your … Continue reading ‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What furloughed workers need to know

Jim Harra, HMRC Jim Harra, First Permanent Secretary and CEO at HMRC explains what you need to know about getting government support... In recent weeks, the government has announced an unprecedented set of measures to help support citizens and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Measures that HMRC is responsible for have included deferral of VAT and Self-Assessment payments, the … Continue reading What furloughed workers need to know

Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The: move will allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobsscheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so to drive UK economic … Continue reading Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Shielding now classified as sickness #COVID19 #coronavirus

New law has been introduced 16th April 2020 to classify those advised to shield are considered unfit for work and entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/427/pdfs/uksi_20200427_en.pdf This new regulation amends the Schedule to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 which sets out categories of persons who are deemed to be incapable of work by … Continue reading Shielding now classified as sickness #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Letter box, HM Treasury, by P Simon Parsons With employees being placed into furlough, there is much confusion and misunderstanding in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements. Benefits in kind The provision of benefits provided by employers have different tax and National Insurance implications than an employee receiving cash remuneration. For example: Child care vouchers given … Continue reading Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Pension Regulator (TPR) have updated and added to their #COVID19 information and provided further clarity in relation to employers who have furloughed staff. The TPR state that they ‘will take a proportionate and risk-based approach towards enforcement decisions, in light of these challenging times, with the aim of supporting both employers and savers’. So … Continue reading Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

Returning from statutory leave – Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Sickness, Bereavement and being Furloughed? #COVID19 #coronavirus

What basis of earnings should be used for someone returning from parental or sick leave for furlough? HM Government provide the following in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Returning from statutory leave Statutory leave includes maternity leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave, adoption leave, sick leave and parental bereavement leave. In line with … Continue reading Returning from statutory leave – Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Sickness, Bereavement and being Furloughed? #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

Benefit Debt collection suspended #coronavirus #COVID19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department for Work and Pensions has temporarily paused the recovery of benefit overpayments, for three months. Many claimants will see an increase in the amount of money they receive in benefits. Deductions for the recovery of Universal Credit and legacy benefit overpayments, Social Fund loans and Tax Credit … Continue reading Benefit Debt collection suspended #coronavirus #COVID19

Shielding and work #COVID19 #coronavirus

What is shielding? Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. They should not leave their homes, and minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household. This is to protect those who are at very high risk of severe illness from … Continue reading Shielding and work #COVID19 #coronavirus

Have a newborn? Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC have announced (7th April 2020) that parents of new-borns are able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the General Register Offices remain closed, parents can claim Child Benefit without having to first register their child’s birth. First time parents can complete Child Benefit Claim form CH2 and send to … Continue reading Have a newborn? Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post #COVID19 #coronavirus

Changes to MOT expiry #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot As part of the governments emergency measure: Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to MOTs There are some changes to MOT tests because of coronavirus (COVID-19).... From 30 March Any expiring ‘MOT will be automatically extended for 6 months because of coronavirus’. For example if your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 8 April 2020. This … Continue reading Changes to MOT expiry #COVID19 #coronavirus

Temporary changes to DWP issued DEA deductions #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/direct-earnings-attachments-an-employers-guide 4th April 2020 the DWP published changes to DEA deduction due to coronavirus. Rumours were circulating that as a result of #COVID19 that court orders, attachment of earnings orders (AEOs) and Scottish Earnings Arrestments had been suspended - not true. Employers ‘may be asked to deduct money an employee owes the Department for Work … Continue reading Temporary changes to DWP issued DEA deductions #COVID19 #coronavirus

At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Have you found yourself furloughed or even unfortunately laid off or made redundant and now have time on your hands at home? Has your self employment work dried up? Don’t let #COVID19 #coronavirus defeat you. Why not keep your knowledge and skill growing. Whether for future work or personal growth, there are free resources … Continue reading At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn

Contactless limit increased to £45 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1 April 2020, consumers will begin to see an increasing number of retailers accepting contactless card payments up to the new £45 limit. Given the pace at which this change is being rolled out, the new limits will take some time to be introduced across all retailers, including some of those facing additional pressure … Continue reading Contactless limit increased to £45 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Some more #COVID19 Statutory Sick Pay guidance #coronavirus

The government have provided further details on the #COVID19 SSP. The requirement for a 4 day period of incapacity for Work (PIW) remains as required, however, no waiting days are to be used. This is effective from Friday 13th March 2020 and currently indicated to remain in place (subject to change) until 12th November 2020. … Continue reading Some more #COVID19 Statutory Sick Pay guidance #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)

NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-avoidance-promoters-targeting-returning-nhs-workers-spotlight-54 ..’unscrupulous promoters of tax avoidance schemes are targeting workers returning to the National Health Service (NHS) to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ ....All of these schemes have one thing in common and that is to attempt to disguise the true level of your earnings, which would ordinarily be subject to Income Tax … Continue reading NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus

TUC sets out furloughed employee rights #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Trades Union Congress have provided resource confirming the rights for employees and workers who have been furloughed. https://www.tuc.org.uk/what-are-rules-if-youre-temporarily-laid-off The TUC confirms that ‘Bosses must follow the rule’..... ‘...Employers must use a fair process for selecting employees for furlough and be very clear about why they are making certain decisions. They must be careful not … Continue reading TUC sets out furloughed employee rights #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19

Are you at risk of loosing your job or income as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus? Speak with your employer to see if they would agree to use the governments Job Protection Scheme? https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable … Continue reading HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19

HMRC issue guidance on expenses and benefits related to #Homeworkers #COVID19 #coronavirus

What is the tax position? HMRC have issued further clarification on which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to #coronavirus #COVID19 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-expenses-are-taxable-if-your-employee-works-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 For example - Those working from home are entitled to the reliefs relating to home-working allowance of £4 per week (£18 per month) rising to £6 per week (£26 … Continue reading HMRC issue guidance on expenses and benefits related to #Homeworkers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Avoid the SCAMS #COVID19 #coronavirus

Scammers are attempting to capture your personal detail to commit fraudulent activity. HMRC are warning about text messages that look similar to the stay at home message from GOV.UK that falsely indicate a tax refund. Helping protect your members from scams The Pension Regulator (TPR) are concerned that during this difficult period, many may be … Continue reading Avoid the SCAMS #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 and National Minimum/Living Wage #coronavirus

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have confirmed that the ‘Government in clear that employers must continue to pay at least National Minimum Wage to workers’. HMRC, who act as enforcers of NMW law, will continue to respond to worker complaints and protect workers rights. How to complain about minimum pay breach In … Continue reading #COVID19 and National Minimum/Living Wage #coronavirus

Middlesborough FC loose National Minimum Wage Appeal case #NMW

Middlesborough FC Middlesborough FC ran a payroll deduction scheme allowing employees to buy season tickets has lost an appeal and must make up the short fall in wages due under National Minimum Wage law. The scheme allowed employees to agree to buy football season tickets by instalments from their pay. HMRC issued enforcement notices against … Continue reading Middlesborough FC loose National Minimum Wage Appeal case #NMW

‘You must stay at home’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

Prime minister Boris Johnsonhttps://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020 The prime minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to combat coronavirus: - people will be allowed to leave home for ‘very limited purposes’: basic shopping necessities, once a day exercise, medical need, and absolutely necessary to work travel - do not meet friends or family who you do not live … Continue reading ‘You must stay at home’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 #coronavirus – Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Department of Health and Social Care Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work