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New NIC Relief Scheme for Employers

Employers taking on new staff who have served at least one day in the regular armed forces – even if that is just one day of basic training, will be able to take advantage of a new National Insurance (NI) relief scheme for the first 12 months of employment.
Posted on 23 Apr 2021

Covid - Can employees refuse to return to work?

Employment Tribunals are starting to hear cases relating to the coronavirus lockdown. Already we have a report of one case where an employer dismissed an employee who said it wasn’t safe to return. Was that unfair or not?
Posted on 23 Apr 2021

IR35 – Now captures more employers

Most employers will previously not have paid too much attention to the IR35 legislation which applied specifically to the public sector. This was about the way in which businesses engaged contractors for tax purposes.

The rules, known as IR35, were first introduced in 2000 to ensure people who were working like an employee, but through their own limited company, paid broadly the same tax as someone employed directly. Previously, contractors providing services for organisations outside the public sector were themselves responsible for deciding their employment status for tax purposes. Now, the onus is on those employing organisations who meet specific criteria, to assess contractors’ IR35 status.

The extension of the rules had been due to come into effect in April 2020, but this was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it came into force on 6th April 2021. So, does it apply to your business and if so, what do you need to do?
Posted on 23 Apr 2021

Breathe HR - New Features

If you have a Breathe HR account, you now have the option of their new Learn module which has over 20 online training modules on such varied subjects as: Business ethics; acceptable internet use; hygiene for the workplace; time and priority management; leading virtual teams; and running effective virtual meetings. The introductory price for the module is just £60 per company per year (with 50% discount for Registered Charities) if you subscribe before 30th June 2021).  For the full list, details of other upcoming enhancements such as Xero integration, the new Rota staff scheduling module and details of how to get a free trial of the Breathe HR software
Posted on 23 Apr 2021

April Rate Rises - get the dates right

It is that time of year again when the rates for various statutory pay elements increase, so don't forget to adjust the rates in your payroll - particularly given the change to the age bands for the National Minimum Wage. Other rates increase too - those for statutory maternity, paternity pay etc. as well as statutory sick pay and the cap on redundancy payment also go up. However, these all happen on different dates.
Posted on 01 Apr 2021
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