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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Coronavirus: workplace screening
    The CEO of Amazon has announced that the company intends to regularly test its staff for coronavirus. Could you implement a similar policy and insist that your staff are tested too?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Paying a furloughed employee’s bills
    Paying a furloughed employee’s bills..Q. One of our furloughed employees has run into financial problems and while we can’t afford to put him back on full pay we have decided to help him by making a payment towards his credit card bill. How should the payment be dealt with in our payroll system? A. There are a few aspects of the arrangement you need to take care with. First, if you’re claiming and paying the employee the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant you can choose to top this up to the level...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - HMRC clarifies position on SSP
    HMRC clarifies position on SSP..Recent guidance. At the beginning of April HMRC issued guidance on how to apply the change in the rules for working out statutory sick pay (SSP) for employees affected by coronavirus (see The next step ). This triggered further questions about the SSP position for employees who are absent from work because they are “shielding”. Shielding workers. Employees who are shielding on or after 16 April 2020 who have received a letter from the NHS or their GP telling them to stay...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Disciplinary proceedings held remotely
    You need to conduct a disciplinary hearing but the employee concerned is working from home. Can the hearing be held remotely, e.g. via video conferencing facilities, and can the employee select a workplace companion who is furloughed?
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - The dangers of accessing your pension savings
    A friend has told you that he’s helping himself through the current cash shortage by drawing from his pension savings and when business returns to normal he’ll replace the money. Is this something worth considering?
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - When are consumers due a refund?
    The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued guidance for businesses on dealing with consumers who cancel their contracts because of the lockdown. What has prompted this advice, and what is the CMA expecting businesses to do?
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  • News - Workplace testing during the coronavirus pandemic
    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance for employers on workplace testing during the coronavirus pandemic, covering the extent to which you can carry out tests on your employees on their return to the workplace so as to ascertain if they have coronavirus. What is the data protection position on workplace testing?
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  • News - Tax-Free Childcare eligibility temporarily extended due to coronavirus
    The government has introduced temporary changes that may affect individuals applying for, or already getting, Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours of free childcare. What do you need to know?
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  • News - Legionella guidance following lockdown
    The HSE has issued a reminder to employers and landlords reopening their premises to check that the water systems do not expose the occupants to the risk of contracting Legionnaires' disease. What are the risks and what does the HSE advise?
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  • News - SSP rebate scheme launches 26 May
    HMRC has announced that its new online service for employers to claim the cost of employees’ statutory sick pay (SSP) will open for business on 26 May.
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