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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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Updated guidance on reducing risks from coronavirus in the workplace

Updated guidance on reducing risks from coronavirus in the workplace

The law says you must consult with your workers about reducing risks from coronavirus in your workplace. HSE has updated its guidance to “help you have conversations with your workforce about providing support and keeping control measures in place.” It says that talking to your workers means you can explain changes you’re making to keep...

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Work placement and training – restart and Kickstart

Work placement and training – restart and Kickstart

The Government will provide an additional £126m in England for high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year-olds in the 2021/22 academic year. Employers who provide trainees with work experience will continue to be funded at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The Government will extend and increase the payments made to employers in...

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Free ARRM Masterclass: Managing road risk within the law

Free ARRM Masterclass: Managing road risk within the law

Webinar:  Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 11:00 – 11:30am; in association with Driving for Better Business In this free 20-minute Masterclass webinar from ARRM (followed by a members’ questions session), Chris Green, leader of Keoghs’ crime and regulatory team across the Midlands, updates on corporate responsibility for: Managing fatigue in essential fleets working at capacity...

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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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Help for employers increasing or reducing their workforce

Help for employers increasing or reducing their workforce

Whether you are a business recruiting or making the difficult decision to reduce the workforce, information and support is available to you and your employees on the .gov website. If your business has been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) you can find out about the business support that has been set up to help you. If your...

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