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

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

Furlough grant claim calculation published #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have published (late Friday 17th April 2020) guidance on grant application calculations for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Find out how to calculate 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance Contributions and pension contributions if you've furloughed staff due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You can claim for 80% of your employee’s wages (even … Continue reading Furlough grant claim calculation published #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19

The coronavirus job retention scheme allows employers to reclaim on a basis of earnings from February 2020 ( for salaried with regular pay) or for those on variable pay based on the same month last year or an average over the past 12 months (whichever is higher). Some employers may have been due to add … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19

Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

How much CJRS grant can an employer claim? Employers can claim: 80% of your employees’ wages (even for employee’s on National Minimum Wage) - up to a maximum of £2,500. Do not claim for the worker’s previous salary.minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on the subsidised wage Employers can ‘top up ...salary, but... do not … Continue reading Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Who can be covered by the #coronavirus Job Retension Scheme #COVID19

GOV.UK has provided further guidance on Saturday 4th April on the basis of the amount of claim an employer can make under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The scheme falls into three main steps when implementing a furlough arrangement: AGREE IT - furlough can not be imposed on employees, it is a variation of … Continue reading Who can be covered by the #coronavirus Job Retension Scheme #COVID19

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

#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

Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!

‘This budget gets it done’ Base rate cut Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25% #coronavirus #COVID19 SSP measures For Coronavirus, day 1 right to SSP. For employers with under 250 employees the amount is fully recoverable for up to 14 days leave per employe. Employers to be offered time to pay in relation … Continue reading Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!

Government Budget set for 11th March 2020

Sajid Javid confirms next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has today launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020. During a visit to the new £350 million Trafford Park tram line project in … Continue reading Government Budget set for 11th March 2020

National Living Wage to hit 60 per cent target in April 2020 – GOV.UK

Announced Tuesday 31st December 2019 and applicable for pay periods commencing on or after 1st April 2020:- Nearly 3 million workers are set to benefit from the increases to the NLW and minimum wage rates for younger workers, according to estimates from the independent Low Pay Commission. The rise means Government is on track to … Continue reading National Living Wage to hit 60 per cent target in April 2020 – GOV.UK

December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals

The Queens gracious speech on 19th December 2019 set out the new government proposals. Some are relevant to payroll and employment. Exiting the European Union 'My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January. My Ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on … Continue reading December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals

Living Wage and London Living Wage increases announced

The Living Wage Foundation have announced their increases to the voluntary real Living Wage and London Living Wage hourly rates. A record 1,500 more employers have accredited with the Living Wage Foundation this year, with major new names including FTSE 100 company Hiscox, Crystal Palace Football Club, Welsh Water, Leeds Building Society, London City Airport and Newcastle University.   These organisations join a network … Continue reading Living Wage and London Living Wage increases announced

Real pay cut for millions of lower and middle-income earners says TUC

TUC analysis, based on the Office of National Statistics ASHE data, at how occupational hourly pay has changed, shows that the lowest paid have benefited from minimum wage rises yet millions of lower-paid and middle-income jobs have had real pay reductions. 7.1 million jobs account for the Lowest earners Real pay for workers in jobs … Continue reading Real pay cut for millions of lower and middle-income earners says TUC

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?

National Minimum Wage record keeping obligation transfers under TUPE

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the National Minimum Wage record keeping obligations transfer under TUPE under their judgement of 2nd May 2019. TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKINGS – Transfer This issue in the appeal was whether, following a relevant transfer within the meaning of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ("TUPE"), the transferor continues … Continue reading National Minimum Wage record keeping obligation transfers under TUPE

National Minimum Wage enforcement / suspension of naming and shaming!

In the House of Lords on Wednesday 5th June 2019, Lord Henley confirmed that in 2018, the HM Revenue and Customs National MinimumWage audit and enforcement team 'completed some 3,000 investigations and issued £17 million in financial penalties to more than 1,000 non-compliant employers'. On the recommendations of Sir David Metcalf whilst some elements of … Continue reading National Minimum Wage enforcement / suspension of naming and shaming!