PAYE and NI

Employers lament lack of skills among school leavers

A worrying number of school leavers are entering the jobs market with inadequate skill levels, a new report has suggested.

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Guidance published on new agency worker regulations

The Government has issued guidelines on how employers should approach the new rules governing the rights of temporary workers.

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Low response to NIC holiday scheme

Far fewer start-up firms have taken advantage of the Government’s NIC tax break scheme than had been expected, according to new figures.

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Pay deals well below inflation

New figures suggest that many employees are experiencing effective pay cuts because of the gap between wage rises and inflation.

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Sickness absence shows a decline

Employees are taking fewer sick days according to new research.

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Unfair dismissal changes may not boost employment

Plans by the Government to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one to two years may not raise recruitment levels, it has been argued.

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Drop tax-free limit on workplace financial advice

The Government should look at lifting the £150 tax-free limit on independent financial advice paid for by employers.

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IR35 needs greater focus

Uncovering the few real cases of disguised employment should be the new focus of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when it comes to applying IR35 rules.

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Small firms downgrade recruitment plans

Hopes that the economic recovery can be fuelled by widespread job creation among smaller employers may need to be tempered.

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Change of HMRC address for taxpayers

To speed up the handling of post, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that it is changing the addresses shown on PAYE and self assessment forms and letters.

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