In March 2014 the then coalition government first launched the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme with an anticipated rollout date of late 2015, however due to a legal challenge the launch was delayed until April 2017. Tax-Free Childcare gives eligible families up to £2,000 free per child towards childcare costs. Due to the new scheme the existing…

Date posted: August 31, 2018 | Author: | No Comments »

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You’ve now doubt heard already that The Pension Regulator (TPR) are not only prosecuting employers for none-compliance of auto-enrolment but they have now started to prosecute employers for giving misleading information too. After a whistle-blower prompted TPR to investigate into Crest Healthcare they became the first employers to be prosecuted for knowingly providing false information…

Date posted: August 10, 2018 | Author: | No Comments »

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With all businesses now reaching their auto enrolment staging date The Pension Regulator is using its powers to establish employers have fulfilled their Auto Enrolment duties. The watchdog issued 11,156 fixed penalty notices between January and March 2018 – up from 7,435 in the previous quarter which shows how serious they are in enforcing everyones…

Date posted: June 8, 2018 | Author: | No Comments »

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I know I have mentioned it previously but I wanted to make sure you knew to inform any clients you have that minimum contributions increase from 06/04/2018 to 3% for employees and 2% for employers.   These increases are the new legal minimum payments that all employers are required to apply to their employee’s pensions….

Date posted: April 20, 2018 | Author: | No Comments »

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With new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into play in early 2018, it highlights the potential financial and reputational risk now associated with properly protecting valuable employee information. Over 5000 Morrisons employees are suing the high street grocer over a data leak that saw sensitive payroll data information for 100,000 employees posted online. The…

Date posted: November 24, 2017 | Author: | No Comments »

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According to the Resolution Foundation, some self-employed workers should be entitled to the minimum wage. The thinking is predominantly aimed towards the self-employed workers who are generally on short term contracts or freelance work, also known as the gig economy. According to the Resolution Foundation, about half of self-employed workers are classed as low paid…

Date posted: August 4, 2017 | Author: | No Comments »

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A good working relationship between your business and someone who provides you with some sort of outsourced service is not something that happens overnight. It is the fruit of both your efforts over time to build a long-lasting relationship of trust and understanding. Psychologist Bruce Tuckman made famous the phrase “forming, storming, norming and performing”,…

Date posted: July 7, 2017 | Author: | No Comments »

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We all know only too well that payroll can be a difficult animal to tame. In my opinion it is much easier to control payroll with the correct software applied in the correct manner.  Software will change and evolve every year as does the regulations and legislation surrounding payroll.  Choosing the right software or provider…

Date posted: June 9, 2017 | Author: | No Comments »

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The Government’s plans to change the way that apprenticeships are funded come into force in April 2017.  Employers may be required to pay contributions to the new apprenticeship levy and there will also be changes to the way apprenticeship training is funded for all employers. If you are a small, medium or frankly pretty large…

Date posted: January 20, 2017 | Author: | No Comments »

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Are you holiday savvy? Employees will often ask the question, “How many holidays do I get this year?” If you’re not ready for this, then it can be quite an awkward conversation. To simply answer, “I don’t know…” may not wash too well with your employees.  The best way to avoid this situation is to…

Date posted: December 9, 2016 | Author: | No Comments »

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