‘Hastily’ drawn up furlough scheme left ‘unacceptable’ room for fraud

The speed at which the furlough scheme and other economic support packages were drawn up has left them open to...

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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‘Maximum wage’ would fund pay rise for low earners

8 Oct 2020

More than half of the public (54%) would support the introduction of a ‘maximum wage’ in order to tackle excessive...

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We cannot delay IR35 reforms any further, government says

16 Jul 2020

There should be no further delay in addressing the long-standing ‘unfairness’ of contractors paying less tax than employees in situations...

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Government scraps plan to class coronavirus tests as taxable benefit in kind

7 Jul 2020

Controversial plans to get workers to pay income tax on coronavirus testing kits purchased by their employer have been scrapped...

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IR35 changes will go ahead in April 2021

2 Jul 2020

The changes to off-payroll working rules in the private sector, known as IR35, will go ahead in April 2021 after...

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30-day window for firms to confess furlough fraud starts next month

15 Jun 2020

Employers that think they have abused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will have a 30-day window in which to admit their mistakes.

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CIPD Festival of Work: Not all gig economy work is bad

15 Jun 2020

Drawing narrow comparisons between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of work does nothing to help precarious workers, according to a panel...

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Uber drivers in court over ministers’ failure to help gig workers

11 Jun 2020

The High Court today hears a case brought by drivers and the IWGB over Treasury's failure to protect precarious workers during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Cut national insurance to stimulate jobs market – IES

5 Jun 2020

Rishi Sunak should cut employers’ national insurance contributions for all staff if he announces an emergency Budget next month.

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Proposed delay to IR35 fails to gain support

20 May 2020

A proposed delay to the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector has failed to gain support in parliament....

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Hundreds report employers to HMRC over furlough fraud

13 May 2020

Almost 800 people have reported their employers to HM Revenue and Customs alleging they are fraudulently claiming money from the...

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Pay freezes and tax rises may be needed to pay for coronavirus support

13 May 2020

A two-year public sector pay freeze, an increase in income tax and end to the triple lock on state pensions...

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HMRC shown red card as referee judgment gives pause for thought on IR35

7 May 2020

An appeal judgment with major ramifications for self-employed workers and IR35 has been made in the upper tribunal that has...

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