New Employment Rules

There are a host of new employment related regulations coming into force on 6 April 2010. This is a brief summary of the regulations that are most likely to affect you or your business. Image via Wikipedia – Fit notes – these replace sick notes issued by GPs and will state what the worker can…

Taking on an apprentice

The CBI has called on the government to provide extra subsidies to help apprenticeship schemes. The employers’ group wants to see a portion of the government’s £500 million recruitment subsidy fund re-directed towards supporting new apprenticeships. Under the CBI scheme, some £125 million would go towards supporting an additional 50,000 apprentices. Employers would receive £2,500…

Health and safety on the road

Hands up all those employers who take a fairly relaxed approach to health and safety, because they think their work place is really quite a safe place, maybe an office? Well consider this…… Image by Ian Hampton via Flickr It is estimated that one third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is ‘at…

Chilcare and Child Tax Credits

In order to qualify for Child Tax Credits (CTC’s) the person responsible for taking care of your children (child) had to be registered with the Childcare Approval Scheme. From 18 July 2009 the Childcare Approval Scheme ceased to exist and all childcare providers approved under this scheme (for example a nanny or foster carer working…

Employment Law – new vetting scheme

Changes to employment law are underway. From the 12 October 2009 new measures are being introduced to vet the suitability of persons working with children or vulnerable adults. It is to be called the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) and will be administered by a new public body to be called the Independent Safeguarding Authority…

Paternity leave plans go on ice

Image by Photosbychristensen via Flickr The Government has bowed to pressure from business and proposals to extend paternity leave to six months from April 2010 have been put on hold as a result of the recession. The Work and Families Act 2006 allows for regulations to be made which would permit working fathers to take…

Disputes at work – the new rules

The regulations that govern how employers handle discipline, dismissal and grievance issues in the workplace change as from 6 April 2009. The new system is designed to be more straightforward and flexible, the aim being to help employers resolve disputes before they reach the point of an employment tribunal. The hope is the new rules…

National Minimum Wage changes April 2009

All employers should be aware that changes have been introduced to the penalties that will automatically be levied after 6 April 2009 if you fail to observe your obligations regarding payment of National Minimum Wage rates. From 6 April 2009, a new automatic penalty will be levied where HMRC compliance officers find arrears of the…

Tips for new employers

The basic rules for employers with new employees are important for any business. There is no ‘Casual Labour’ exemption, if you take an employee on with intention of keeping them for just a couple of weeks on a temporary basis – the rules still apply. If the correct PAYE and NIC is not deducted off…

Long service awards

Any salaried employee of a business can be paid a long service award. The way in which the award is given can radically influence the tax treatment! All cash awards are taxable. They will be treated as part of your remuneration and subject to deduction of tax and National Insurance. Cash awards include: * a…