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Chancellor Cuts Job Support Scheme Employer Contributions

Chancellor Cuts Job Support Scheme Employer Contributions

22nd Oct 2020
Coronavirus, HR Resources, Human ResourcesPayroll

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today (22nd October 2020) announced a further amendment to the Job Support Scheme, which is due to begin on 1 November 2020. When originally announced, the JSS (which will come into effect on 1st November 2020) saw employers paying a third of their employees’ wages for hours not worked and required employers to be working 33% of their normal hours. Today’s announcement reduces the employer contribution...

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Job Support Scheme

Furlough replacement – The Job Support Scheme

24th Sep 2020
Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR ResourcesPayroll

Furlough replacement - The Job Support Scheme The Chancellor has announced a new Job Support Scheme (JSS), which is to run from November 1st 2020 for 6 months and will replace the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which ends on 31 October 2020. Whilst businesses continue to deal with the impact of reduced income and challenging trading conditions due to COVID-19, there was some hope that an improvement was on...

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furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments

30th Jul 2020
Business, Change Management, Coronavirus, Employment Law, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRedundancy

Furloughed workers get full redundancy payments The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced this morning (30th July 2020) that it is bringing in a new law to ensure all furloughed employees receive redundancy payments at 100% of their normal pay, rather than a reduced furlough rate. Throughout the pandemic, the government has urged businesses to do right by their employees and pay those being made redundant based...

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Employment Contracts - Why Bother

Employment Contracts…Why have one?

27th Jul 2020
Employee Handbook, HR Resources, Human Resources, PayrollRecruitment

Employment Contracts We have heard both sides of the argument, with some employers suggesting that employment contracts are an absolute must, so that both parties know exactly what the rules of engagement are from the get go, likening it to a kind of “pre-nup”. Then we have the other end of the spectrum, whereby the argument is the shorter the contract and the less specific it is, the greater the...

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Employees returning from Spain

Employees returning from Spain

27th Jul 2020
Absence Management, Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employee Handbook, Employment Law, Human Resources, MAD-HR NewsPayroll

Employees returning from Spain Employees returning from Spain Following a significant change over the last week in both the level and pace of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Spain has been removed from the list of countries where people do not have to self-isolate when arriving into the UK. As a result, the Government has recently re-imposed strict measures for anyone including employees returning from Spain, amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the...

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations

28th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal & Amendment to SSP Regulations Employers will be able to make claims through the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Portal from 26 May to reclaim SSP paid to current or former employees. The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either: have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms cannot...

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Latest furlough and holiday pay guidance

Latest Furlough and Holiday Pay Guidance

14th May 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

The Government has clarified issues relating to furlough and holiday pay in guidance published yesterday (13 May) by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. While it was confirmed last month that furloughed workers could take annual leave without breaking furlough, many questions remained regarding whether an employer could require staff to take holiday, and the status of temporary and agency staff was also still unclear. What is great about...

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Government Confirms Extension to the JRS Scheme

17th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipPayroll

Government Confirms Extension to the JRS Scheme Claims were originally permitted for periods to 31 May 2020 but due to the extension of social distancing restrictions for at least a further 3 weeks the Chancellor has extended the furlough payment period to 30 June. The online portal for businesses to start filing their claims is due to be fully operational from Monday, April 20th. It will allow businesses to claim...

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HMRC Job Retention Scheme Portal

Job Retention Scheme Portal is set to go live 20th April 2020

8th Apr 2020
Business, Coronavirus, Human ResourcesPayroll

HMRC have advised that their online portal for JRS grant claims will go live on 20 April. Further details will be issued to employers in due course. Most employers will already be registered with HMRC for PAYE online but if not, you need to do this as soon as possible as this will be required in order to make your claim and it can take 10 days to process. If...

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When does the notice start from?

27th Apr 2018
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

An NHS worker sent a redundancy notice when she was on holiday abroad has won her case at the Supreme Court. The High Court and Appeal Court had upheld Sandi Haywood's claim that notice began when she read the letter, not when it was sent. The later timing resulted in a higher pension. The details of the case Mrs Haywood, from Gateshead, worked for Newcastle and North Tyneside Primary Care...

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Limits on Payments and Awards

15th Mar 2018
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

We share this handy table on limits on payments and awards to help you remain compliant with employment law. NB: This table was updated 15.03.18. [table id=1 /] [mad_subscribe driptag="BLOG" headline="Book a Free Online Toolkit Demo Today." description="In just 30-minutes our team can show you the benefits of our cost-effective, hassle-free way to ensure you are HR compliant. Complete the form below and we will contact you to book your...

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Statutory Payments Table 2017/2018

11th Mar 2018
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

We have put them in this handy table for you so you know what to do. [table id=1 /] Read how the Government administer Statutory Payments here  

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HR software systems

How can HR software systems help your business?

12th Jul 2017
Absence Management, Change Management, Human Resources, Payroll, RecruitmentTraining

Historically Human Resources has been seen as an administrative function,  often an add-on to the office manager or even secretary’s role, frequently neglected in start-ups until either growth or an issue demanded attention... Nowadays, growing and innovative organisations recognise that an organisation’s greatest asset is its people and that the management of the human capital needs to be specialist lead to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, good practice and to...

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Budget Briefcase

What the Budget means for you as a business

8th Mar 2017
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

Philip Hammond delivered the Budget – his first full Budget as Chancellor - with little surprise. In fact the word “dull” has been seen on Twitter more than once. The Autumn Statement had the majority of detail and changes already included with the announcement on 8th March providing the final clarification. We have however included details of the significant u-turn on National Insurance. Here are the headline issues directly impacting...

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Employment Law changes you need to act on now

2nd Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

Whilst business owners are still struggling to understand the impact of Brexit, followed by the shock of Trump, 2017 is also bringing significant changes in employment law which is certainly making HR an exciting area to work in. Regardless of your industry or organisation size, this year will demand you have up to date information and a strong lead from HR to ensure that your workforce policies are compliant, forward...

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10 bizarre excuses for not paying national minimum wage

1st Feb 2017
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

10 of the most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum Wage have been revealed by the Government. The list has been published to coincide with a new awareness campaign to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the national minimum and national living wages rising on 1 April 2017. The £1.7 million...

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tax-free-childcare

Coming Soon – Tax Free Childcare

1st Feb 2017
Employee Benefits, Human ResourcesPayroll

Plans for the introduction of a new scheme called 'tax-free childcare' were initially announced way back in the 2013 Budget. The original proposals have since been amended and the scheme is now set to be implemented during 2017. Broadly, the new scheme, which aims to help working parents with the cost of childcare, will replace the current system of employer-supported childcare (ESC) which is offered by less than 5% of...

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Flexible working

Flexible Working – any right of appeal?

21st Nov 2016
Employee Benefits, PayrollRecruitment

All employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service have the right to request a flexible working arrangement. If you reject such a request do they have any statutory right of appeal? In April 2014, following legislative changes brought in by the Children and Families Act 2014, the statutory right to request a flexible working arrangement was extended. It now applies to all employees that have accrued 26 weeks’ continuous service. An...

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last minute holiday

Can I refuse last minute holiday requests?

21st Nov 2016
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

The simple answer here is YES! Employees have to give some warning of their intention of going on holiday. This notice can be verbal or written, and must be at least twice the length of the planned holiday. In other words, if an employee wants to go away for a week, he or she must give notice of at least two weeks before the holiday (or whatever is stipulated in...

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Travel Time Paper Licence

What you need to know about Travel Time

11th Nov 2016
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

Travel time is working time for mobile workers with no fixed base. How can you know what is covered? On 24th September 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that travel between a mobile worker’s home and the first and last customer of the day is ‘working time’. In Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation Servicios...

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Fun, different, very special – I feel very privileged to be invited and hope the connection [is beneficial].

Food was incredible, great mixture of people.  A fabulous event to do – I think that Pure might borrow the concept! Thank you Carole & Charlotte.