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Safer travel guidance updated

Safer travel guidance updated

With the increase in people returning to work and employers asking staff to take a test, the guidance on safer travel has been updated to include a new section on best practice when travelling to a test centre. The guidance is to: If possible, walk, cycle or drive in a private vehicle alone to the...

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CJRS guidance updated – reference dates

CJRS guidance updated – reference dates

The guidance on employee registration dates has been updated with greater detail as to when an employee is eligible for furlough payments. You need to identify the employee’s reference date to know which calculation rules you should use and because some calculations use the employee’s reference date in the calculation steps. The key points are:...

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Claiming Back Statutory Sick Pay

Claiming Back Statutory Sick Pay

The guidance to employers on how to claim back statutory sick pay for employees with coronavirus under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme has been updated.  There is a change to the weekly rate – from 6 April the new rate is £96.35, up from £95.85 previously. Read the SSP guidance on what you...

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National Insurance exemption for Covid testing

National Insurance exemption for Covid testing

HMRC has announced that any payments that an employer makes to an employee to reimburse them for the cost of a relevant coronavirus antigen test will be disregarded for the purposes of calculating National Insurance (NI) contributions. As such, there will be no NI contributions liability for the employee or employer provided that the test...

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Treatment of expenses – refunding transport costs

Treatment of expenses – refunding transport costs

HMRC has updated the guidance for businesses on the treatment of businesses expenses by adding a new section related to paying or refunding transport costs.   If you provide transport to your employee for travel between their workplace and home because of coronavirus, this is considered to be a benefit in kind – journeys between...

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Pension Schemes Bill receives Royal Assent

Pension Schemes Bill receives Royal Assent

The Pension Schemes Act will, Government says, bolster protections for savers.  Minister for Pensions, Guy Opperman, said: “This Act makes our pensions safer, better and greener, as we look to build back better from the pandemic. The Act will strengthen protections for pension savers by extending the powers of the Pensions Regulator, introducing the power...

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