Reform

Government publishes detailed guidance on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and details of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme and announces relaxation of holiday carry-over rules

On 26 March the Government published more detailed guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) originally announced on 20 March. The CJRS is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Under the CJRS, UK employers with a PAYE payroll scheme as at 28 February 2020 will be able to ‘furlough’ employees (ie place them on leave of absence) and claim from HMRC a grant of 80% of their monthly wage cost, up to a maximum of £2,500, plus the associated employer National Insurance Contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions. The guidance …

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IR35 reforms to private sector postponed until April 2021

In unexpected, but almost certainly welcome news for businesses, the Government announced last night that it is postponing until 6 April 2021 its reforms to IR35 in the private sector, which were due to come into force on 6 April 2020. This news has come just a matter of weeks after the Government reviewed the implementation of the rules and announced that they would still take effect from April 2020. It is clear that the impact of the Coronavirus crisis has now caused the Government to reconsider. Speaking in the House of Commons, Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury …

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New employment details to be given to April 2020 new starters

When the Government published proposals in its December 2018 Good Work Plan to extend the employment information which must be provided to employees, the implementation date felt like a long time off.  However, it is suddenly looming close and employers must ensure they are prepared and  able to provide the information to any new recruits who start work on or after 6 April 2020. In addition, to add to employers’ burdens, for the first time, the information must also be given to workers, requiring businesses to assess whom in the workforce may be eligible to receive the extended particulars. The …

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IR35: Government publishes draft legislation reforming private sector off-payroll working

On 11 July 2019 the government published draft legislation (Draft Legislation) together with a summary of responses (Response Paper) to the policy paper and consultation document issued in March 2019 regarding proposed changes to the off-payroll working rules, commonly referred to as the IR35 regime, which apply to the private sector. The private sector IR35 regime applies where an individual provides their services (directly or indirectly) through a personal service company (a PSC) to another person or entity (an End-User) in circumstances where, had the individual provided their services directly to the End-User rather than through their PSC, they would …

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EHRC confirms enforcement action will be taken against employers who fail to publish gender pay gap reports

With one week to go until the deadline for employers of 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap information, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has confirmed that it will take enforcement action against any employers who fail to report on time. In a statement on 26 March 2018, the EHRC has said it will implement the first stage of its enforcement processes by sending a letter on 9 April 2018 to employers who have failed to report their gender pay gap information.  These employers will have 28 days to comply, or else face the next …

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Government publishes response to Taylor Review and four consultation papers

The Government has today published ‘Good Work’, its response to the Taylor Review which investigated what impact modern working practices are having on the world of work. The Taylor Review published its report in July 2017 and made wide-ranging recommendations regarding reforms of the law on agency work, paid holiday, sick pay, flexible working and employee representation. The review found that the strength of the UK’s labour market is built on flexibility but that a clearer focus is needed on quality of work as well as the quantity of jobs. The Government says that it will take forward all but …

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Queen’s Speech unveils employment law changes

Today the Queen unveiled the Government’s legislative programme for the new two-year Parliament. This included a number of employment law reforms, aside from the impact of Brexit: There will be a new national policy on immigration. However, there is currently very little detail about what the new policy will be. The Conservative party manifesto included an objective to reduce annual net migration to below 100,000, a commitment to double the Immigration Skills Charge levied on companies employing migrant workers to £2,000 a year by the end of the Parliament and to ask the independent Migration Advisory Committee to make recommendation …

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