Preparing payroll for the new Job Support Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled an update to the Job Support Scheme yesterday to offer extended support to workers in England...

Preparing for stricter Covid-19 lockdowns: A guide for employers

14 Oct 2020

As England’s three-tier restrictions come into force and the government faces increasing pressure to ‘circuit break’ the rising number of...

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Umbrella companies: Lawyers pursue unlawful deductions

9 Oct 2020

Lawyers are pursuing group legal action against umbrella companies that have unlawfully deducted national insurance and other contributions from contractors’...

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Furlough bonus guidance published

2 Oct 2020

The government has published details of the one-off bonus that employers can claim if they keep previously furloughed employees on...

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Key pay award indicator dives to 10-year low

20 Aug 2020

Pay freezes see Xpert HR's headline pay award analysis drop to a 10-year low.

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Furlough fraud: how employers can ensure their CJRS claims are lawful

16 Jul 2020

With so many updates and tweaks to the furlough scheme, businesses need to work hard to ensure they don't fall foul of the rules.

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First furlough fraud arrests are made

9 Jul 2020

The first arrests in connection with alleged furlough fraud have been made, HM Revenue and Customs has announced.
A 57-year-old...

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How can HR address concerns over Covid-19’s impact on pensions?

30 Jun 2020

The coronavirus has impacted not just pay but longer-term investments such as pensions. Naturally employees will have concerns over the...

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Statutory sick pay rebate: how to prepare your payroll

23 Jun 2020

Small firms are now able to make a claim for a rebate for coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay, but do they...

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Third of employees asked to commit furlough fraud

18 Jun 2020

Research reveals staff subject to pay cuts while being asked to work while furloughed and people threatened with deportation unless they went along with fraud.

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Seven things employers need to know about flexible furlough

15 Jun 2020

Late last week the government published the first full guidance on the new flexible furlough scheme coming into force on 1 July. What are the key details?

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Furlough: what counts as pensionable salary?

12 May 2020

With almost a quarter of roles in the UK now accessing the government’s furlough scheme, many employers have raised questions...

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Payroll departments under pressure but ‘unsung heroes of the hour’

6 May 2020

Around a third of payroll departments have been put under pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak – citing reduced team...

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Top 10 HR questions April 2020: Furlough and annual leave

4 May 2020

The government has provided some clarification on the relationship between furlough and annual leave.
The Easter bank holidays falling shortly...

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70% of firms have furloughed staff

22 Apr 2020

More than 70% of companies had furloughed some employees last week, days before HM Revenue & Customs’ portal for the...

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