Latest Job figures

According to the latest information published by the ONS, employment rose by 80,000 and unemployment fell by 24,000 in the three months to July. The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 (for May to... Read Full Article...

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National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage rates increases come into effect on 1 October 2013: • the adult rate will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour • the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03... Read Full Article...

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HMRC issue guidance on the Statutory Residence Test

HMRC have issued some updated guidance on the Statutory Residence Test which took effect from 6 April 2013. Residence is a complex issue, if you would like any advice in this area please do get in touch.... Read Full Article...

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RTI issue affecting student loan borrowers

HMRC would like employers to be aware that they have identified an issue with some employees who have student loans. A few of the employees in this situation have had their employment status incorrectly ‘ceased’ on HMRC’s... Read Full Article...

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HSE guidance on new first aid training rules

The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance to help employers assess their first aid training needs and comply with amendments to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations. Under the amended regulations the requirement for workplace... Read Full Article...

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Universal Credit criticised by NAO

The implementation of the Government’s welfare reform programme, Universal Credit, has been criticised in a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). Universal Credit will merge a number of existing benefits into a single payment in order... Read Full Article...

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HMRC chase those who have missed RTI deadlines

HMRC are writing to the 167,000 employers who have missed one or more of the deadlines for reporting their PAYE information in real time. The majority of employers should have started to report their PAYE information under... Read Full Article...

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Data payment crackdown

HMRC have announced that for the first time they now have access to information on all credit and debit card payments to UK businesses. HMRC intend to use this information to aid them in a new crackdown... Read Full Article...

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HMRC introduce new safeguards for debt collection visits

HMRC have introduced a Field Force Verification Helpline, so that taxpayers can easily check whether or not a caller on their doorstep claiming to be from HMRC is genuine. Every year, HMRC visit a small number of... Read Full Article...

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A million zero hour contracts

New research suggests that the number of workers on zero hour contracts, with no guarantee of hours or pay, are becoming more widespread. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that there are... Read Full Article...

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