PAYE and NI

Bonus rates fall again for employee share schemes

The Treasury has announced another reduction in the bonus rates for the Save As You Earn (SAYE) sharesave scheme.

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Employers support apprenticeship initiatives

Firms have given their backing to government plans to raise the number of apprenticeship places available and to improve the apprenticeship system, a new report has said.

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HMRC creates PAYE podcast

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a podcast setting out imminent changes to the PAYE filing system for larger SME employers.

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Keeping talented staff 'important' during the downturn

Retaining talented employees is still a priority for many firms, despite the pressures of the economic downturn.

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Revenue offers guidance on new inspection rules

As from 1 April 2009, new legislation will affect the way that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) conducts enquiries, visits and inspections.

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Apprenticeships bill seeks to boost training levels

The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

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More employers should consider apprenticeships

A leading business group has argued that greater numbers of small firms should look at the benefits that taking on apprentices may have to offer.

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Hike in unfair dismissal claims

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

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Increase in minimum redundancy pay

Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.

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Employment rules guide to help small businesses

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a guide to help small firms cope with the economic downturn.

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