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Should payroll depts take a kinder approach to bereavement?

Should payroll depts take a kinder approach to bereavement?

When Facebook doubled the length of its paid bereavement leave, much of the world was quick to applaud. As other major corporations follow its lead is it time for more HR and payroll departments to take a kinder approach to bereavement leave?  It’s a curious quirk of...

Unite wins “game-changing” employment case

A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has big implications for businesses, and payroll companies in particular. When is a worker not a worker? It’s an issue we’ve explored in these pages numerous times previously as the ‘gig economy’ raises repeated...

Making Tax Digital (Very Quietly)

The government’s drive to digitise tax doesn’t have the profile it needs, says a new report. You may have heard of Making Tax Digital (MTD). It’s the initiative that, as HMRC puts it, “will help bring the tax system into the 21st century by providing businesses with a...

Pensions: the good, the bad and the ugly

Pensions: the good, the bad and the ugly

2017 ends with a muddled picture of the pensions landscape. There are lies, damned lies and statistics. So said Benjamin Disraeli (at least, according to Mark Twain). You can only imagine what sort of vehemence he might have directed at pensions, which in 2017 seemed...

Is your payroll fit for 2018?

Is your payroll fit for 2018?

Payrolls need to be more flexible, more agile and more secure than ever before. Is yours? It might seem like an odd question. After all, if your payroll managed to take you through a trouble-free 2017, why should anything be different for the year ahead? Yet if 2017...

For information: law places more onus on firms for tax evasion

For information: law places more onus on firms for tax evasion

In a move to clamp down on tax evasion, companies and partnerships are now criminally liable if they fail to prevent evasion by either a member of their staff or an external agent. The change in the law introduced in the Criminal Finance Act 2017 – which came into...

Salary sacrifice

Salary sacrifice

What is the salary sacrifice scheme? Salary sacrifice is a government-backed scheme that reduces an employee’s cash pay in return for various types of non-cash remuneration of equivalent value – with tax savings for both employee and employer. For new salary sacrifice...

Is HR getting on top of you?

Is HR getting on top of you?

Like payroll, HR is a function which every organisation has to have, but we’re probably preaching to the converted when we say that it can be complex, time-consuming and expensive. Understanding, complying with and keeping abreast of HR law can be a minefield, which...

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