November 30, 2020

Zero Tax and NI on Virtual Christmas Parties!

Planning a virtual Christmas party this year? Wondering if you’re exempt from paying tax and NI on associated expenses like food, drink or virtual pantomime tickets? Happily, the HMRC has confirmed that this year – yes – the tax and NI exemptions normally applied to the annual Christmas ‘do’ will also apply to virtual Christmas…

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November 27, 2020

Virtual Christmas Party Ideas for HR Teams

Usually at this time of year we’re getting ready to celebrate Christmas with our work colleagues. Unfortunately, the traditional work Christmas ‘do’ or even a group meet up at the local pub are looking highly unlikely. No matter what industry you work in, your working life has been hit with extra challenges this year. Whether…

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November 27, 2020

Managing Annual Leave Over Christmas

There are various challenges to overcome when managing annual leave over Christmas – whether your annual leave year runs from January to December, or April to March, or some other 12-month period! Christmas often means an influx of annual leave requests and the headache of coordinating the Christmas rota, 2020, of course, is no exception.…

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November 26, 2020

FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Late November Update)

Updated 26 November 2020 Q: What are the new updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)? It was announced on 31st October 2020 that England will enter new lockdown restrictions, from 5th November. In line with these changes the Chancellor announced that the Job Support Scheme will be put on hold and the Coronavirus…

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November 24, 2020

Do Employees Have the Right to a Lunch Break?

Woking from home is creating rather a blurred line between employees’ work lives and their personal lives. With this in mind, many employers are likely to be encouraging rest breaks. But when it comes to the rules, what are employees actually entitled to? Which employees in particular should employers be mindful of? Are there exceptions…

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November 23, 2020

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2021: Including Furloughed Employees

Required to submit a gender pay gap report next year? Furloughed some of your employees this year? You may like to know how that will work. How does the government furlough scheme affect the gender pay gap reporting process? From 2017 any organisation with 250+ employees have to publish and report figures about their gender…

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November 20, 2020

IR35 and Off-Payroll Working: What’s the Difference?

When the imminent changes to off-payroll working were first introduced, I have to admit, there was a lot of terminology to take in. One article would refer to the changes as IR35. Whereas other articles would described it as off-payroll working. This led to some debate amongst Moorepay colleagues. We were of course keen to…

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November 9, 2020

Health and Safety Annual Update With Statistics

Surprising statistics have come out during this year’s annual update from the HSE. 5th November 2020 will be remembered as the date that England went into its second lockdown in 9 months to stem the spread of the COVID-19. However, it is also the date the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published their annual statistical…

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November 5, 2020

Extended CJRS (Furlough): What Employers Need to Know

On 5 November the Chancellor announced an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS, or furlough scheme). The CJRS will now run until March 2021 to protect businesses and employees during the second national lockdown. Meanwhile the Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to start on Sunday 1st November, has been postponed until the…

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October 28, 2020

Protecting Employees From Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Helpline has reported a concerning increase in the number of calls and online requests for help since the lockdown began in March 2020. It’s predicted that for every three months the lockdown continues, an additional 15 million cases of gender-based violence are expected. With more people than ever working from home due…

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October 28, 2020

How to Support Employees During This Mental Health Crisis

As the UK enters the seventh month of lockdown, the quality of people’s mental health is deteriorating at a concerning rate. More than two thirds (69%) of adults are reportedly feeling worried about the effect the virus is having on their life. According to a survey by the Samaritans, just over 1 in 10 callers…

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