August 4, 2021

The Olympics, Euro 2020, a national pingdemic, and a 777% rise in absence…

Dealing with employee absence is on the agenda for many worried organisations this year. As employers return their staff to the workplace, bring people off the furlough scheme, and manage the implications of the ‘pingdemic’ – we’re seeing rising absence rates. And a summer packed with sport is another key factor in all this. According…

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August 2, 2021

When are employees eligible to make a flexible working request?

The details of the Flexible Working Bill read 30 June 2021, by Labour MP Tulip Siddiq. Currently, employees must have worked for their employer for a minimum of 26 weeks to be eligible to make a flexible working request. Recently, Labour MP, Tulip Siddiq, read a Flexible Working Bill in the House of Commons, which…

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June 2, 2021

What counts as worker status?

An Important Case on the Topic of Worker Status decided by the EAT in April 2021. A ruling has confirmed that drivers working for the private hire and cab and courier service, Addison Lee, should be classified as ‘workers’, and will subsequently be entitled to the rights that workers receive. This follows on from the…

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May 17, 2021

One third of employees to bunk off work this summer!

Findings from our survey of more than 700 people reveal almost a third (32%) would consider bunking off work this summer. The research shows the top reasons for bunking off include catching up with friends, going on holiday, spending time with the kids, and going to the pub for a sneaky pint! All of this…

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April 14, 2021

What was the verdict on worker status at Uber?

An Important Case on the Topic of Worker Status decided by the EAT in February 2021. In this case, the main question raised is whether an Uber driver is a “worker” for the purposes of employment legislation. A “worker” has the right to be paid at least the national minimum wage, receive annual paid leave…

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March 23, 2021

New Ruling from the Supreme Court on ‘Sleep-in’ Payments: Explained

The Supreme Court has issued its long overdue judgement regarding ‘sleep-in’ payments in the key case of Mencap v Blake-Tomlinson. Only periods of time when the employee is awake and carrying out relevant duties count for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage, it says. Back in 2017, the then President of the Employment Appeal…

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March 4, 2021

The Budget 2021: How it Affects Payroll

The Budget was announced by Rishi Sunak yesterday, declaring the Government’s plans for spending and taxation for the upcoming financial year 2021-22. We’ve summarised the key facts that payroll professionals need to know below. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) The Budget confirms the continuation of the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme in its current form…

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February 24, 2021

Breaking News | Europe Set to Certify UK Data Protection Provisions

The European Commission has just published its preliminary ‘adequacy’ decision about data protection. It expects to confirm that UK data protection law is regarded as equivalent to the EU’s own (GDPR). This is really good news and will be a major milestone for any organisation with clients in the EU or EEA area. It’s equally…

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February 17, 2021

An Update from Anthony | February 2021

It’s been a very difficult few months since my last blog post as the impact of the pandemic continues to ricochet and touch us all. Day-to-day life is still incredibly challenging for many. You’ll know from your own friends, family and professional networks that NHS staff and other key workers, including payroll professionals, remain under…

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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 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 27, 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme news: false furlough grant claims

The trade union, Unite union, is pursuing a claim for unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract after a worker was told that he was expected to continue to work while furloughed. The employer Falconex strongly denies all the allegations. The trade union alleged that its member was told in May that…

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