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Having Difficult Conversations Remotely

Nobody likes having a difficult conversation with an employee but it’s even more challenging on-screen. In the current environment, many businesses are still working remotely. As we move towards the end of the year, managers will be preparing to have end-of-year review conversations with employees. It’s challenging enough having a review meeting with an employee […]

Read more December 21st, 2020

New Ways Of Working

Lockdown has forced businesses to rethink their office space requirements and how staff will work, in the long term. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, most businesses had enough desks or workstations for each and every employee. The remote working revolution that has come about as a result of Covid-19 has forced businesses to rethink their […]

Read more December 21st, 2020

Make A Claim If You Are Working From Home

With more of us working from home there is good news from HMRC that employees can now make a claim for tax relief to cover some of their costs while they are working remotely from home. The previous rule for employees was that there had to be a home working arrangement with their employer under […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Business Christmas Gifts

How about a virtual Christmas Party? HMRC are not the Grinch after all. They have recently announced that employers may arrange a “virtual” Christmas party this year and there will be no taxable benefit for employees provided that all staff are invited and the cost per head does not exceed the normal £150 limit. Maybe […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

New Penalties For Overclaimed CJRS, SEISS And “Eat Out To Help Out” Grants

HMRC have announced that they will be imposing penalties of up to 100% of the amounts overclaimed on businesses so make sure that your claims are correct. The penalties depend on whether or not the overclaim is the result of a deliberate error and whether or not the disclosure was prompted by HMRC. The penalty […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Claim Your Furlough Grant By 14th

We now have further details of the operation of the extension of CJRS “furlough” that will apply from 1 November 2020 through to the end of March 2021. The government support will initially be at the rate of 80% of an employee’s reference pay for hours they are furloughed, subject to a maximum of £2,500 […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Details Of The Extended CJRS

What you need to do for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims – for periods from 1 November (from HMRC announcement on 10 November) The key facts are: The CJRS is being extended until 31 March 2021. The government will review the scheme in January 2021. 30 November 2020 is the last day employers can […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

How The New Job Support Scheme Works

Update 2 November 2020: On 31 October the Prime Minister announced the second lockdown in England. This lockdown will start from 00:01 Thursday 5 November and last 4 weeks until Wednesday 2 December. This has meant that the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has now been delayed until December. To find how […]

Read more October 30th, 2020

Job Support Scheme For Companies Required To Close

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, the Chancellor announced 9 October. Under the expansion, firms whose premises are legally required to shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions will […]

Read more October 16th, 2020

Job Support Scheme Starts 1 November

The Chancellor has announced a new 6 month Job Support Scheme to help businesses and employees survive the winter months. We are still awaiting full details of the scheme that will replace the current “flexible furlough” scheme but the main features are as follows:- Employers of all sizes will be eligible for the new scheme […]

Read more October 15th, 2020

New Job Support Scheme Announced

Yesterday Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new job scheme starting 1 November 2020 to replace the current Job Retention (“furlough”) Scheme which ends 31 October 2020. All small and medium-sized businesses are eligible, larger businesses must show their turnover has fallen during the pandemic. Employers can use the new scheme even if they have not […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

Review Of Furlough Claims

In recent weeks, HMRC have been making it clear that they will be auditing furlough claims where they believe there has been an inaccuracy, whether deliberate or not. They believe between 5-10% of claims made contain some form of error. It is likely that there will be a large number of furlough claims across the […]

Read more September 22nd, 2020

Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, an innovative mindset, being a team player – are just as important to employers as practical skills and academic background. It is important to have teams of people who have the hard skills to do a job – i.e. they’re qualified, have relevant experience, can write code, design […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Numerous Fraudulent CJRS Claims Identified

HMRC’s CJRS fraud reporting portal had received over 2,000 reports of wrongful claims.   Examples of such wrongful claims include; Claiming furlough payments for staff who are continuing to work Furloughing staff but asking them to work “voluntarily” on an unpaid basis. Claiming furlough payments for “ghost” employees, and those who left employment before 19 […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Kickstart Scheme Launches In November

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across […]

Read more September 3rd, 2020