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The problem with OpRA

The problem with OpRA

Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OpRA) were introduced last April to make the taxation of Benefits in Kind (BiK) fairer. However, the practicalities of operating these arrangements are not always straightforward.

OpRA – a year on

OpRA – a year on

Some salary sacrifice schemes, cash allowances and cash alternatives now fall under the catchy heading of ‘Optional Remuneration Arrangements’ or OpRA for short. The government introduced OpRA to simplify the taxation of these arrangements and to make the system fairer, whether it has achieved this aim is subject to debate.

Edward Troup and Lindsay Melvin discuss payroll and reward

Edward Troup and Lindsay Melvin discuss payroll and reward

In the first of a number of short interviews, Lindsay Melvin, former CEO of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals  (CIPP), interviews Edward Troup, former Executive Chair of HMRC.

Could the GDPR become the next PPI platform for a generation of lawyers?

Could the GDPR become the next PPI platform for a generation of lawyers?

The onerous penalties for non-compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations – €20m or four per cent of annual turnover, whichever is the larger – have no doubt helped to focus the minds of senior management and to galvanise action around businesses in the UK.

However, we predict that they will not be the only potential legal cost of non-compliance with the GDPR requirements.

Make HR and payroll central to your GDPR planning

Make HR and payroll central to your GDPR planning

It is not too late to start planning and preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May.

However, there is not much time. Unless you are an expert or an organisation that processes zero personal data (both of which are unlikely), if you haven’t already done so, start preparing immediately.

Morrisons’ case highlights GDPR risks

Morrisons’ case highlights GDPR risks

The payroll data leak at Morrisons ‘serves as a stark reminder of the financial and reputational issues at stake in the event of a data breach’ and, given the impending introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), highlights the need to have effective systems in place.

Concerns over gender pay gap compliance

Concerns over gender pay gap compliance

One in 10 employers will be unable to meet the deadline for reporting their gender pay gap, according to findings from RSM.

TPR secures section 72 prosecution

TPR secures section 72 prosecution

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has successfully prosecuted the majority shareholder of the company that bought BHS for £1.

A Budget of few surprises

A Budget of few surprises

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented his Budget to Parliament.

Unlike in previous years, there were few surprises in this Autumn’s Budget. However, one of the biggest changes likely to be welcomed by payroll professionals are the updates to employee expenses rules.

Don’t let payroll and HR become your GDPR Achilles heel

Don’t let payroll and HR become your GDPR Achilles heel

Companies are waking up to the fact that GDPR is real, that it will impact their operations fundamentally, that action needs to be taken now and that there are real and significant penalties for doing nothing.

However, we would urge companies to send HR and payroll employees for specific training on how to ensure data in those departments are fully compliant with the rules of the GDPR.

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