December 9, 2020

Local Authorities Handed New Powers to Enforce COVID Controls

Parliament has passed new legislation that grants powers to local authorities to enforce a wide range of coronavirus controls. Local Authorities and other bodies have had enforcement notices in their tool box for a long time to impose Health and Safety Food Safety, and Fire legislation. But this new legislation gives local authorities more control…

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December 8, 2020

Winter Weather and Travel Disruption

There are many employees still travelling to their workplace. Over the coming months, they might be affected by travel disruption due to bad, winter weather. Unusual or unforeseen circumstances during adverse weather conditions, such as severe snowfall, increase the likelihood of lateness and absence at work. So, we’ve put together your top three questions and…

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December 7, 2020

Crack-Down on COVID Prevention in Transport Businesses

During the festive season, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inspecting businesses in the transport sector to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus. Warehouses and distribution centres will be subject to inspections by HSE and local authority officers, who will be making sure relevant guidance is followed. Online shopping behaviours have been…

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December 3, 2020

The Easy Way to Switch Payroll Providers

Your phone, it’s your lifeline. Happy with rubbish signal – nope! Happy to put up with rubbish reception? Nope! Cool with an old fashioned, inadequate handset? Absolutely not! Footloose and fancy free about lifelong contract terms? Erm, hell no! And then they put their prices up. They’ve really taken the biscuit this time. With your…

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December 3, 2020

Myth Busting: Switching Payroll Provider Edition

As a payroll professional, you’re loyal. You’ll stick with your supplier through thick and thin. Putting up with subpar integration, clunky software and even payroll inaccuracies. But why? It all boils down to the fear of switching payroll provider. If the phrase ‘switching provider’ makes your palms puddle with sweat, you’ve fallen victim to the…

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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 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 24, 2020

Do Employees Have the Right to a Lunch Break?

Working 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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