Employment Law

understanding your obligations....


This section is designed to help you understand your obligations as an employer in the UK. For a step-by-step guide on what you need to do, please see this handy tool at gov.uk/employ-someone.

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Employment Law 2018

31.03.2018 Fit for work assessment ends.

The government announced the the scrapping of the ‘Fit for work’ assessment scheme in December 2017.

Employers, employees and GPs will still be able to use the ‘Fit for work’ helpline, website and web chat service, but the assessment service will close in England and Wales on 31 March 2018, and in Scotland on 31 May 2018.

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Taxation of PILON and termination payments

The proposal includes :

  1. removing the distinction between contractual and non-contractual PILONs so that they are taxable and subject to class 1 NICs

  2. maintaining the first £30,000 of a termination payment as exempt from income tax

  3. keep any payment solely related to termination free from employees NICs

  4. aligning the rules for income tax and employer NICs so that the employers NICs will be payable on payments above £30,000, which are currently only subject to income tax.

Points 1-3 will be implemented in April 2018 however point 4 has now been delayed until April 2019.

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Abolition of childcare vouchers - October 2018

The government has delayed its scrapping of the workplace childcare voucher system, due to close on 5 April 2018, by six months, following a vote in Parliament. The abolition is among changes to be made as part of the rollout of universal credit.

The employer-backed vouchers are to be replaced by a new system of tax-free childcare, entitling families to claim up to £2,000 per child.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 25.05.2018

  • The basics

    • Removal of £10 data access fee however you now only have 30 days to respond compared to the previous 40 days.

    • Reporting of any data breach to ICO within 72 hours

    • Only collect information that you need for a specific purpose, you will need to keep it secure, ensure it is relevant and up to date and only hold as much as you need and only for as long as you need it

For more advice and guidance on how GDPR will affect you and your business please contact us for a Health Check on your current practices.