Deaf Awareness Week – celebrating HMRC’s support for deaf people

10 May, 2017: From 15-21 May 2017, Deaf Awareness Week will celebrate collaborative work that has made a difference for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

HMRC issue April ‘Employer Bulletin’

24 April, 2017: 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.

Don’t forget the minimum wage increases from 1 April 2017

31 March, 2017: The minimum pay per hour a worker is entitled to is set to increase from 1 April 2017 as set out below (figures in brackets show the current rate). The rate will depend on the worker’s age and whether they are an apprentice.

Being an employer – HMRC offers new webinar dates

29 March, 2017: HMRC are offering help and support to employers with a series of free online ‘webinars’.

Next 55+ and Retirement Roadshow: 25 March, Worcester – Save the date!

16 March, 2017: On the 25 March 2017 at The Guild Hall, Worcester becomes the latest venue for The National Careline’s popular 55+ and Retirement Roadshow.

2017/18 Rates and Thresholds for Employers

16 March, 2017: The rates and thresholds for employers for 2017/18 are now available.

Free Workplace Pension seminars

03 March, 2017: 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, in partnership with the Pensions Regulator, have organised a series of free seminars this March to explain the auto-enrolment system and answer any questions people may have.

Improving Lives: Work, health and disability green paper

02 March, 2017: The LITRG responded to the green paper on halving the disability employment gap in order to highlight what we see as some current barriers to work in areas such as income tax, VAT, NIC and tax credits.

Direct Recovery of Debts on PAYE debts

23 February, 2017: An article in February’s Employer Bulletin explaining that HMRC can now take outstanding PAYE debts directly out of people’s bank accounts may have worried some employers out there. However please let us reassure you that this move is not aimed at care and support employers who have got into difficulty.

Watch out for NEST pension phishing emails

22 February, 2017: Employers who have signed up to use NEST pensions as part of the auto-enrolment programme, should be aware that scammers are sending out emails purporting to be from NEST pensions, saying that an amount (far in excess of normal contributions) will be taken from the recipients bank account.