How will the points based immigration system work?

While the Home Office has previously made it clear that a new points-based immigration system would be put in place when the UK finally leaves the EU, it has not explained exactly how this approach will work in practice. This has left businesses wondering how their recruitment practices will be affected and anxious to learn

Covid Secure working safely in offices and contact centres Part 2

As Britain returns to work, the Government continues to update its suite of guidance to help employers, workers and the self-employed work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Vicky Powell looks at some of the key points for working safely in offices, contact centres and similar working spaces. The 5 main principles As a starting point,

HMRC invites hospitality industry to register for Eat Out to Help Out

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out. The Eat Out to Help Out registration service went live this morning on GOV.UK, allowing businesses to join the scheme

Impact on pensions of changes to Job Retention Scheme

On 29 May Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) effective from 1 July through to October when it ends. On 12 June HMRC produced further detailed guidance. So, what will the impact of those changes be on workplace pension schemes and how will employers need to adapt once employees

Summer update- Coronavirus job retention bonus – Kickstart scheme – Green jobs – Stamp duty cut

Coronavirus job retention bonus Kickstart scheme Green jobs Stamp duty cut   Announcing a package of measures, Sunak said the aim was to ‘give everyone the opportunity of good and secure work, so no one is left without hope. ‘Our plan for jobs has a clear goal – to protect, support and create jobs. We

VAT on admission charges to attractions – temporary reduced rate of VAT from 15 July 2020

Check which attractions are eligible for the temporary reduced rate of VAT from 15 July 2020 A new temporary reduced rate of VAT of 5% was announced on 8 July 2020 for admission to certain attractions. This temporary rate will apply from 15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021. Who this applies to This applies

Covid-19 £1.57bn support package for arts and culture

The government has announced a £1.57bn rescue package to help Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries weather the impact of coronavirus, after leading figures from the world of theatre, music and museums warned of widespread venue closures and job losses Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage,

VAT reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

If you’re a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of VAT on supplies relating to hospitality, accommodation, or admission to certain attractions. The government made an announcement on 8 July 2020 allowing VAT registered businesses to apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to: •

Government Summer Statement 2020

Summer Statement 2020   An unprecedented Summer Statement was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.   Although the economy is starting to open up gradually after its pandemic-enforced quarantining, the chancellor's statement is an attempt to stem the damage from a forecast 14% slump in GDP this year, according to the

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme You can now submit claims that include days in July 31st July is the last that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30 June The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed employees back

Creating a Covid Safe environment

Creating a Covid-safe workplace 9 June 2020 Several organisations, led by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), have come together to produce a new guide to creating a safe workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of the guide is to help leaders and managers in businesses and organisations make their office

Reporting Covid-19 infection via RIDDOR

Reporting Covid-19 infection via RIDDOR Q An employee has contracted Covid-19. Are we required to report this to the enforcing authority? A Where an employee is confirmed through testing as having contracted Covid-19, this will only be reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) in the following circumstances. 1.