February 26, 2021

How to Engage in Conversations about Race in the Workplace

Conversations about race can evoke strong emotions. But they can also help people to connect. Together, we must explore lived experiences, understand the historic and current context of race, and encourage commitment to work towards a more fair and equitable society. So, how should employers, HR teams, and people managers approach conversations about race? What…

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February 25, 2021

Are Employers Misusing the Furlough Scheme?

Are employers misusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to “fire and rehire” employees on lesser terms? Whatever your views on the CJRS, there is little doubt the scheme has gone some way to easing financial hardship for many businesses and employees alike, and preventing mass unemployment. However, some employers have been misusing the scheme…

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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 24, 2021

How Much Time are you Wasting on Occupational Sick Pay Calculations?

Does the thought of calculating sick pay make you feel, well, sick? In 2020, the average level of absence in the United Kingdom was 5.8 days per employee. So unfortunately, sick pay calculations aren’t going anywhere. However, clever automation and bespoke auto-applied rules to your sick pay could save you time. What is Occupational Sick…

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February 24, 2021

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2021: A Six Month Extension

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Equality and Human Rights Commission have announced an extension to the Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline for 2021. Employers now have until 5 October 2021 to publish their gender pay gap data. This gives organisations some much-needed breathing space following a busy year of Job Retention Scheme implications,…

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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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February 16, 2021

Preparing for Payroll Year End: A Checklist

Are you a payroll professional? Remind yourself how to prepare for payroll year end in this article. The article below is a transcript of a video we created on this topic, which you can watch here. Sending Your Final Full Payment Submission (FPS) You can use your payroll software to send a Full Payment Submission…

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January 28, 2021

The Four-Day Working Week: a Resolution to the Gender Pay Gap?

The four-day working week was hot on the agenda back in 2019, but it’s taken a backseat in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the rise of homeworking and the increasing desire for flexibility, is it time to dust off the idea? The four-day working week comes with plenty of benefits for employees as…

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January 25, 2021

New Off-Payroll Working (IR35) Rules: Your FAQs

The new rules for off-payroll working (IR35) in the private sector are fast-approaching. If your business is busy preparing for the changes on 6 April, perhaps this blog post will help you. We’ve compiled the questions asked by attendees at our recent off-payroll working (OPW) webinar. Our in-house payroll experts have answered them all –…

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January 21, 2021

New Report Reveals Employers Are Failing to Protect Workers From COVID

Are you doing enough to protect your workers and avoid HSE enforcement action?  A recent BBC article reported concerning figures which suggest that either employers are failing to protect their workers from COVID-19, or failing to adequately communicate effective COVID controls to their employees. The report states that between 6 and 14 January, the Health…

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January 12, 2021

8 Easy Ways to Boost Your Employees’ Wellbeing This Blue Monday

This could be the bluest Monday in history. With a year of uncertainty behind us, and many more challenges to come, it’s more important than ever for businesses to prioritise their employees’ wellbeing. With this in mind, we’ve put together this list of how you can easily support your employees in beating the Monday blues.…

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January 6, 2021

Brexit’s Immediate Effect on Health and Safety 

Following the formalisation of a trade deal and the end of the Brexit Transition period, what is the immediate effect of Brexit on UK health and safety legislation? And how will your business, and your processes be affected? The UK has been driving health and safety standards across the world for decades. Even prior to…

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