June 26, 2017

The Pensions Regulator is Rolling Out AE Spot Checks Nationwide

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is rolling out spot checks across the country to ensure employers are complying with their auto enrolment (AE) duties. In a series of announcements over the past week TPR has deployed flying squads to London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester to carry out short-notice inspections. And they go on to say they…

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December 14, 2016

The dust has settled, so where do we stand after the Autumn Statement?

Philip Hammond’s first and last, as it turned out, Autumn Statement was always going to be a challenge in light of the political transformations over the summer. With such difficult and uncertain times ahead, how did the Chancellor do answering the questions we posed pre-Statement: What are the Government’s plans to strengthen the £? How…

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November 23, 2016

The Autumn Statement 2016 – questions we’ll all want answers to

There has been – to put it lightly – a fair amount of change since the last ‘fiscal event’ (the Budget) back in March. When George Osborne stood at the dispatch box to announce cuts to Corporation Tax and Business Rates, and increases in the Personal Allowance and the threshold for the higher rate of…

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October 11, 2016

Holiday entitlement calculations made easy

Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about part time employees? That’s when calculating entitlement can get a little more difficult. To help you through this arithmetic exercise we’ve compiled the following guide to hopefully…

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July 20, 2016

Holiday pay – how do you calculate your staff allowances?

While employees count down the days to their time in the sun, concerned only by the price of the pound and which socks and sandals to pack, the summer season is an altogether more difficult time for employers. As well as the obvious complications caused by half the workforce heading to the Costa Del Somewhere,…

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July 19, 2016

Happy with auto-enrolment? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your budget

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is a political solution to a long-term problem – the continuous growth in our life expectancy, and how we’re going to pay for it. But what’s happening in the short-term, and what does it mean for business and employees? The UK’s decision to leave the EU, David Cameron’s shock resignation immediately…

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February 29, 2016

New Payrolling BIKs Scheme – Time saver or added headache

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to report your employees’ benefits to HRMC following the end of the tax year? Well, that’s what the Government is now offering employers. The new ‘voluntary service’, which launches in April, will allow employers to payroll most of their employee benefits (Benefits-in-Kind) in order to avoid filling…

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February 23, 2016

Our easy guide to the National Living Wage

Are you concerned about how the national living wage will affect your business this April? Do you know what the impact would be on your business when a full time worker aged 25 or over who is currently on the National Minimum Wage will be paid an extra £4,800 per year by 2020? Don’t worry,…

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February 18, 2016

The National Living Wage and what it means for businesses

With The National Living Wage due to come into force in April 2016 many employers are worrying about how they will cope with the increased wage bill. With an estimated 2.7 million people expected to directly gain as a result, one thing to be mindful of is the fact that many people will feel more…

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December 7, 2015

4 tips to avoid Christmas payroll pitfalls

It’s nearly Christmas, which means many people can look forward to a well-earned rest. But if you are an employer or payroll professional, Christmas and New Year brings a number of potential challenges that you need to be aware of and prepare for before you can start your Christmas break. Here are our top 5…

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April 7, 2015

The key tax dates, deadlines and changes in 2015-16

With ever-changing legislation and the array of reporting requirements imposed employers, it can be challenging to stay on top of the various deadlines, key dates and changes to tax legislation. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Payroll World and JLT Employee Benefits to launch our 2015/16 Annual Tax Fact Card a helpful tool to remind you of some of the…

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December 23, 2014

Bank Holidays – What you need to know

As we move into 2015, we thought we’d share the most important things small business need to know about Bank Holidays and Employee Entitlements. 1.  Britain has eight permanent bank holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday and Late Summer bank holiday. But were you…

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