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PENSIONS - 19.10.2020

Pension access delayed

An important diary date. The government has confirmed previous indications that the age at which individuals will be allowed to access their private pension savings will be raised. In 2028, presumably from 6 April of that year, you’ll only be able take benefits from your pension savings if you are 57 or older. Until then the age requirement is 55. The government said the announcement was being made now “to enable people to make financial plans” . ...
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OPTIONAL REMUNERATION ARRANGEMENTS - 15.10.2020

OpRA - benefits transition period closing

When optional remuneration arrangements (OpRAs) were introduced in 2017 some benefits in kind were given a four-year transitional window. This ends on 5 April 2021. What are the key elements?
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SMOKING - 13.10.2020

Can you ban staff from smoking at home?

In September 2020 it was reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council had banned its employees from smoking when working at home because workplaces “must be smoke free” by law. Is this legal?
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STAFF COSTS - 08.10.2020

Written employment statements - how to avoid a penalty

An employment tribunal case highlights the importance of complying with the requirement to provide a written statement of employment particulars to a member of staff. As the rules were made stricter in April 2020, how can you ensure compliance?
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PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT - 07.10.2020

How to support a bereaved employee

There’s still no general statutory right to bereavement leave for employees. If an employee suffers the loss of a family member, partner or close friend, whether due to coronavirus or another cause, in what practical ways can you support them?
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VANS - 06.10.2020

Double cab pick-up could be a “car”

HMRC v Coca-Cola (GB) Ltd is a long running case centred on the definition of a company van. This matters because company cars are taxed more heavily than company vans that can be used privately. The case concerns double cab pick-ups that have a second row of seats behind the driver. The Court of Appeal has now determined that multi-purpose vehicles capable of carrying goods and people are more akin to cars than vans and therefore will be taxed as cars. The vehicles in question in this case were a first or second generation VW Transporter T5 Kombi and a Vauxhall Vivaro. ...
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PAY - 17.09.2020

Cut pay for permanent homeworking?

Following the lockdown, you may receive requests for permanent homeworking. Could you agree to them in return for a pay cut?
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SMOKING - 13.10.2020

Can you ban staff from smoking at home?

In September 2020 it was reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council had banned its employees from smoking when working at home because workplaces “must be smoke free” by law. Is this legal?
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DRESS AND APPEARANCE - 24.09.2020

Q&A - dress standards online

Q. We’ve noticed that one of our employees isn’t dressing appropriately during our online meetings. What’s the best way to tackle this? A. Whilst things may be slightly more relaxed when employees are working from home, an online meeting is still a professional setting. Therefore, employees should be appropriately dressed in suitable work attire. Rather than single certain individuals out, it’s better to issue a general reminder to all staff and ask them to keep in mind dress and appearance standards, particularly if they will be meeting clients online. You could also generally remind staff about the location that they select when joining online meetings, e.g. messy bedrooms and kitchens should be avoided. ...
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