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National Minimum Wage penalties to double

National Minimum Wage penalties to double

The National Minimum Wage penalties are set to double. A new team of compliance officers in HMRC will investigate the most serious cases of employers not paying the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage when it is introduced in April 2016.

Guidance on examining identity documents

Guidance on examining identity documents

Secure identity documents are presented as proof of identity, nationality, status within the UK and for employment. Document verification is crucial in ensuring that the documents presented are both genuine and presented by the rightful holder.

Help for small businesses with auto-enrolment responsibilities

Help for small businesses with auto-enrolment responsibilities

The coming two years sees thousands of small businesses reaching their Staging Dates for auto-enrolment and it is generally recognised that this will be a challenging time for the Pensions Regulator's team.

John Lewis holiday payments to total 22m

John Lewis holiday payments to total 22m

Various recent rulings handed down by Employment Appeal Tribunals have brought into question how we calculate holiday pay. We know for certain that the Working Time Regulations can no longer be relied on in all cases. We now need to consider whether overtime and bonus payments need to be brought into the equation.

An interesting development has been the announcement made by the John Lewis Partnership.

What payroll professionals need to look at in the budget

What payroll professionals need to look at in the budget

Well, did the budget live up to your expectations? Were there any rabbits to come out of the bag? Did payroll professionals predict the contents correctly?

It was common thinking that the Chancellor would have two major considerations to take into account:

The General Election taking place on Thursday 7th May 2015, and The state of the economy.

Tackling tax evasion and avoidance

HMRC have published details of how they plan to tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

Trivial Benefit Exemption for payroll

Currently, HMRC accept small gifts to employees as being trivial in nature (such as a bouquet of flowers to mark an event or to someone in hospital) where the cost of collecting the tax is more than the tax being collected. Unfortunately, HMRC have never set a value on the word ?trivial? which has in turn left employers confused. Indeed, employers should agree with HMRC how the word trivial is to be valued and that in itself has let to inconsistencies of approach.

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