Becoming an employer – free HMRC e-learning course available

11 November, 2016: If you're employing someone for the first time you might have a lot of questions about PAYE tax, National Insurance and running a payroll. If you aren't sure where to start, this online resource for employers from HMRC is for you!

LITRG responds to Benefit in Kind consultations

08 November, 2016: LITRG have recently responded to two government consultations with care and support employer interest, one on 'Simplifying the PAYE Settlement (PSA) Agreement process' and one on 'Salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind'.

Free auto enrolment seminars

03 November, 2016: The law on workplace pensions has changed and all employers in the UK, including care and support employers, must now put certain staff into a pension scheme. This is called auto enrolment. Disability Rights UK with support from The Pensions Regulator have organised a series of seminars around England to explain the system.

HMRC research into employment/self-employment classification

27 October, 2016: Deciding whether your personal assistant is employed or self-employed for tax purposes is something that we know causes real worry amongst care and support employers, so you may be interested to know that HMRC have commissioned NatCen, an independent research institute, to conduct some research into the area, with a view to making the process clearer and easier.

HMRC issue October “Employer Bulletin”

27 October, 2016: HMRC have issued the latest Employer Bulletin – ‘Your route to the latest in payroll news‘. In general, these bulletins contain lots of useful information to help employers meet their payroll obligations, such as updates on forthcoming changes to the rules and guidance in dealing with particular payroll issues.

PAYE payment and form RT2 October deadline reminder

12 October, 2016: Don't forget that the second quarterly PAYE payment and form RT2 for 2016/17 should be with HMRC next week to avoid the risk of penalties.

Has your PA been on long term sick leave? Can the ‘Fit for Work’ service help?

07 October, 2016: The Government’s free Fit for Work service can help employees return to work by providing an occupational health assessment and specialist advice to them and their employers.

New animated tutorial available on auto enrolment ‘postponement’

29 September, 2016: The Pensions Regulator have produced a new animated tutorial for employers explaining the concept of auto enrolment 'postponement'

National Minimum Wage to increase from 1 October 2016

28 September, 2016: The minimum pay per hour a worker is entitled to, or National Minimum Wage (NMW), is set to increase from 1 October 2016. The rate will depend on the worker’s age and whether they are an apprentice. We set out the changes below.

HMRC study: micro employers are struggling with RTI

23 September, 2016: A research study has recently been conducted for HMRC exploring the challenges experienced and barriers faced by micro-employers in managing PAYE in real time.