CORONAVIRUS - FLEXIBLE WORKING - 13.07.2020
Dealing with post-lockdown flexible working requests
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in large numbers of normally office-based employees working from home. When offices do re-open, it’s likely to result in an increase in flexible working requests. Can you still say no?
CORONAVIRUS - HOLIDAYS - 13.07.2020
When isn’t it reasonably practicable to take annual leave?
There seems to be a misunderstanding amongst many workers (and some employers) that they now have a right to carry over any untaken annual leave for up to two years thanks to coronavirus. This isn’t quite true. What’s the actual legal position?
PAYROLL FRAUD - 07.07.2020
Tacking financial crime
Not everyone has been in lockdown for the last few months. In fact, fraudsters and scammers have treated it as a business opportunity. How can you avoid falling prey to their ever more sophisticated tactics?
PENSIONS - 07.07.2020
Pensions auto re-enrolment duties
Many small employers who auto-enrolled staff into a workplace pension for the first time in 2017 are now facing auto re-enrolment. What do you need to know to ensure a pain-free process?
CHILDCARE SUPPORT - 06.07.2020
Childcare support criteria relaxed
Earnings requirement. To access tax-free childcare (TFC) and the 30 hours of free childcare scheme, employees must normally have earnings of at least the value of 16 hours per week at the relevant national minimum wage rate. HMRC has confirmed that if earnings are below the minimum earnings requirement because the employee is furloughed, this does not invalidate their membership of the scheme(s). Equally, key workers whose earnings now exceed £100,000 per year, as they are working additional shifts, will have their additional earnings discounted and can still retain membership of the scheme....
BICYCLE SCHEMES - 06.07.2020
Time for staff to get on their bikes?
With fears about travel, and pressure on public transport to operate effective social distancing measures, there’s been a lot of talk about commuting to work on a bike. Is it time to consider introducing a bicycle scheme at work?