The Rising Tide of Auto Enrolment

Over the course of the next two years Auto Enrolment Pension contribution rates are rising. These changes will affect you as an employer as well as your employees. Currently the total minimum amount is 2% of qualifying earnings, of which the minimum for the employer to pay is 1%. This means that the employee normally … Continue reading The Rising Tide of Auto Enrolment

Tax Free Childcare

The Government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme will be phased in across the UK from 28 April 2017, and will replace the current Childcare Voucher Scheme. For the first time, the scheme will not only cover full time employees but also those who are part time, on maternity, paternity or adoption leave and people who are … Continue reading Tax Free Childcare

The Big Question: How do you motivate your staff to keep fit?

Green & Co’s Barrie Kenyon answers the South Wales Argus Big Question this week. As the end of January approaches, many resolutions have already fallen wayside. People start the year with great intentions promising to get fit and do more exercise but after a few weeks, they abandon their plans. Business Argus has been asking the local … Continue reading The Big Question: How do you motivate your staff to keep fit?

National Payroll Week 2016

Payroll staff across the country are gearing up to celebrate National Payroll Week which runs this year from 5th to 9th September. The theme for this year’s event, ‘It pays to learn’, is aimed at encouraging payroll professionals to expand their own financial awareness as well as that of their colleagues, in an attempt to … Continue reading National Payroll Week 2016

The Beautiful Game: Friend or Foe

As if the European Championship tournament wasn’t bad enough for non-football fans this summer, the Premier League season is upon us, making fantasy football chat near inescapable for those who can’t differentiate between Lallana and a Llama. But perhaps it is too early to write off fantasy football leagues in the office as a distracting … Continue reading The Beautiful Game: Friend or Foe

Crackdown on Illegal Workers

This week marked the beginning of a crackdown on the hiring of illegal workers. From Tuesday 12th July, employers convicted of an offence could face unlimited fines and being jailed for up to five years. Employers can be found guilty of an offence if they employ an individual while having ‘reasonable cause’ to believe their … Continue reading Crackdown on Illegal Workers

Home To Work Travel

A recent case from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that workers travel to and from a non-permanent place of work must be included as “working time”. Examples of employees who may fall into this bracket include:- Mobile engineers Salespeople Carers In the past, these will not have had their travel time to/from … Continue reading Home To Work Travel

Are Fathers More Committed?

According to analysis from Trade Union Congress (TUC) fathers get paid 20% more than other men in similar jobs. The ‘Pay and Parenthood’ report presented its findings which included the explanation that this ‘wage bonus’ could be due to fathers working longer hours and putting in more effort than those without children. This positive discrimination … Continue reading Are Fathers More Committed?

Salary Review: It Pays To Talk

42% of employees surveyed by law firm Lupton Fawcett Denison Till admitted they were uneasy about discussing their salary with their employer, while 35% would prefer to disclose their earnings to a colleague than talk with a manager. This leads to potential problems further down the line according to senior associate Nathan Combes. “A common … Continue reading Salary Review: It Pays To Talk

Cycle-to-Work Scheme: The Wheel Deal?

Later this year, the government is expected to publish a white paper encouraging employers to take more responsibility for the health of their employees. Among the many incentives which can be offered is the Cycle-to-Work scheme. The scheme is an annual tax exemption which allows employers to loans cycles and related safety equipment to employees … Continue reading Cycle-to-Work Scheme: The Wheel Deal?