Employers named for not paying minimum wage rates

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A record 260 employers have been named and shamed for failing to pay 16,000 workers at least the minimum wage rates. Investigators identified £1.7m in arrears owing to workers, and fined employers £1.3m for the underpayments. Many sectors […]

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Student Loans – changes from April 2018

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The Student Loans repayment thresholds will rise from 6 April 2018. The current threshold for tax year 2017/18 for Plan 1 is £17,775 and for Plan 2 is £21,000, and the Department for Education have confirmed that from 6 […]

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New Data Protection (GDPR) rules for Payroll Providers

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Payroll providers need to get ready for when the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) become law in May 2018. Now is the time to make the necessary changes to procedures and storage so that the […]

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GDPR – reporting a breach of personal data

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided some clarity on what action organisations will need to take under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) where there are serious breaches of personal data. The ICO […]

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Beware – look before you leave your workplace pension

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A person who opts out of a workplace pension during their working career may wish they hadn’t when they reach retirement age. A report commissioned by Royal London highlights the impact of opting out of a […]

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Pension auto enrolment – what employers need to do

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Employers need to keep up to date with what they have to do to comply with the pension auto enrolment rules, and to be aware of the forthcoming increases in the rates of contribution. There […]

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Making use of the Apprenticeship Levy

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This is a key time of year for recruitment following August’s exam results. So now is a good time for employers to consider how they might use the government’s Apprenticeship Levy to benefit their business. […]

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Pension auto enrolment – opting in before opting out

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Employers are being warned not to give employees the choice of opting out of a pension scheme in advance of them being enrolled. The warning comes from the Pensions Regulator in a bulletin after it found […]

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New concession for employers who payroll benefits

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There is a new concession for employers who payroll employee benefits through Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA), the new name for salary sacrifice schemes. Since 6 April 2016 employers have been able to use the payroll […]

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Register for the tax-free childcare scheme

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Parents can register for the new tax-free childcare scheme via the government’s Childcare Choices website. The scheme began on 28 April 2017 for parents of the youngest children. It is gradually being rolled out over […]

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