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April 5, 2023

Preparing for payroll year end: a checklist

Yes it’s that time of year again - the payroll year end is fast approaching! Here’s everything you need to do to prepare for it. Payroll year end ties in with the tax year end, which this year is 5 April 2023. The deadline for getting your ducks in a row (i.e. doing all of your paperwork) is 31 May 2023. Quick checklist Send last FPS to HMRC Report your expenses and benefits Prepare for new tax year and the first payroll run Send P60…

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April 5, 2023

Big discounts, small screen  

It’s teeny-tiny, hold it in the palm of your hand, kinda have to squint to see it sometimes. When we think discounts, we think bigger is better. Well, not in this case. Check out our app update that’s going to have you saying, “less really is more.”   The Sunday roast countdown has begun. You’re blitzing through the aisles of Sainsburys, supermarket sweep style, charging towards the lights of the self-checkout. A sigh of relief, you’ve made it. As you frantically hurl spuds at the scanner…

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Big discounts, small screen
March 30, 2023

Every move you make, every step you take… I’ll be watching you

Employment relationships are all about mutual trust, confidence and loyalty. Sometimes though, you may want to back instinct with evidence. Monitoring staff is nothing new. However, with increasing home/hybrid working, business use of social media, and readily available monitoring devices and systems, more organisations than ever are considering it. Here’s some aspects we frequently encounter. CCTV CCTV can reassure staff about security and safety. But using it to monitor work can cause problems. You can, but staff normally need to be aware of its use…

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March 29, 2023

Bank holidays in 2023: four things you need to know

This year, there are some additional complications to bank holidays including dates reverting back after changing last year and an additional day. So, here are four important things you need to know about bank holidays for 2023. Most of the UK has eight permanent bank holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Summer Bank Holiday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Traditionally, except for the festive bank holidays, these take place on a Monday. However, in 2023 there's…

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Bank Holidays - Six Things You Need to Know
March 24, 2023

The redundancy process: a brief guide

Redundancies may occur when businesses wish to improve efficiencies, or ride out tough times and periods of slow growth. But what exactly is redundancy? And what do businesses need to consider when carrying out the redundancy process? Read our brief guide to redundancy to find out. What is redundancy? Redundancy is the termination of employment due to the work an individual does ceasing (e.g. due to a business closure) or diminishing significantly. It should be used as a last resort, bearing in mind the initial costs…

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March 22, 2023

How can you support employees who are observing Ramadan?

Ramadan is a significant month in Islam, where Muslims across the globe fast from sunrise to sunset for 29 or 30 days. At the end of Ramadan, comes the first of the two Holy Celebrations for Muslims: Eid al-Fitr. In this article, we look at workplace issues which may arise for both Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The month of Ramadan is a period of introspection, communal prayer in the mosque, and reading of the…

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March 17, 2023

Spring budget 2023: five key announcements

Jeremy Hunt delivered what has been dubbed the ‘back-to-work budget’ on 15 March with multiple measures aimed at getting working aged people who aren’t currently working, back to the workplace. Key points in the spring budget included the expansion of free childcare hours, ‘returnerships’ for over-50s, and more support for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions. In his speech, the chancellor unveiled his plans to grow the UK economy through a strategy that focuses on four pillars, or “four E’s”: Education, Enterprise, Employment and…

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Spring Budget 2023
March 9, 2023

Moorepay acquires Natural HR

This acquisition marks a key milestone in Moorepay’s strategy to offer a fully integrated, modular suite of payroll and HR software, designed to power exceptional employee experiences for SMBs.​ March 9, 2023 — Moorepay Limited, a member of the Zellis Group and a market-leading payroll and HR software and services provider for SMBs across the UK and Ireland, is announcing today that it has acquired Natural HR who are an all-in-one, feature-rich, cloud-based HR software provider made by HR, for HR.​ This acquisition combines Moorepay’s strengths in payroll software, managed payroll services, and…

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March 2, 2023

Benefits in kind: explained

What’s a benefit in kind (BiK)? Think company cars and private health insurance – they’re valuable, non-cash perks employers give to their staff on top of a salary. Other examples of BiKs are non-business travel and entertainment expenses. In short, it’s stuff that benefits an employee personally, but the business pays for. Benefits in kind are also sometimes called ‘fringe benefits’, and ‘employee perks’. Paying income tax on a benefit in kind Most BiKs are taxable (this is to prevent people replacing their salary with…

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March 1, 2023

Does ‘divorce strain’ need to be treated the same way as mental health problems?

Divorce is a challenging time, which can have a big impact on a person's mental health. But is it enough for employers to simply acknowledge this, or should they be providing more specific support for those experiencing the strain of divorce? A recent pledge signed by major firms to support employees going through a divorce suggests that the latter may be true. The divorce support pledge The pledge, which was signed by firms such as Barclays, Lloyds, and Vodafone, commits employers to providing additional support…

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