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Employing Overseas Nationals from 1st January 2021 – What you need to do

The Brexit transition phase finishes on 31st December 2020, so what does this mean for employers who have staff who are not British Nationals? When the UK was part of the EU, there was freedom of movement to live and work in the various EU states with in the European Economic Area (EEA), so UK businesses could employ EU nationals without any restriction. However, the system has changed – most notably if taking on employees who are from the EEA. Therefore, if you have staff from overseas or are planning on recruiting, you need to be aware of the new rules and take the appropriate action.
Posted on 10 Dec 2020

New National Minimum Wage Rates Announced

Despite rumours to the effect that the Government may have decided to freeze the National Minimum Wage rates in 2021, the Chancellor announced this week that the rates will go up in April 2021 as originally planned. This will come into effect after the end of the current CJRS scheme which is currently due to end on 31st March 2021.
Posted on 27 Nov 2020

The Dog Ate my Homework (and other excuses!)

I have mentioned previously that there are new tighter deadlines for submission of furlough claims. However, the Government has said that if you have a reasonable excuse, this may be extended. But what qualifies as a reasonable excuse?
Posted on 27 Nov 2020

Treasury Direction for Furlough amendments published

If you have not already seen it, on 13 November, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act to extend and modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This is the legal document that sets out HMRC's responsibilities for managing the furlough payments. It has a a lot of detail (especially if you like algebra) but also contains tighter claim deadlines than had previously been the case. It is essential reading for employers and their payroll staff.
Posted on 19 Nov 2020

Extra Bank Holiday Announced for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Government has confirmed that the UK will have an additional bank holiday in 2022 to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Whether you need to give your employees an extra day's leave for the occasion will depend upon your contract of employment.
Posted on 19 Nov 2020
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