PAYE and NI

Court rules in favour of HMRC on minimum wage

The Court of Appeal has backed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a legal battle over the use of tips and the national minimum wage.

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Tips to be banned from making up the minimum wage

The practice of using tips to bring workers’ pay up to the minimum wage is to be made illegal as from October.

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Fall in job vacancies beginning to slow

The rate of decline in the numbers of new job appointments and vacancies has slowed down, according to a new report.

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Employers reminded of looming annual returns date

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has reminded employers that the date for filing their annual employer returns is imminent.

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Wages decline at record rate

Average weekly earnings fell by 5.8 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported.

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UK to retain working time opt-out

The collapse of conciliation talks in Brussels mean that the UK will keep its opt-out from the EU Working Time Directive.

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Equalities Bill pushes for gender pay transparency

Firms that employ more than 250 staff will be obliged to make public figures showing average hourly rates paid to male and female employees under the terms of the new Equalities Bill.

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Moratorium urged on new employment law

The UK’s smallest firms find it difficult to cope with the demands of employment law, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said, prompting a call for a three-year moratorium on new legislation.

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More tax help for struggling businesses

Businesses that believe they will make a trading loss in the current tax year can ask HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to take the anticipated loss into account as part of any rescheduling of their corporation tax or income tax payments.

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Wage cuts and freezes in the pipeline

Over half of employers are intending to freeze wages this year, and 12 per cent are planning to introduce wage cuts, according to a new survey.

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