The 2021 National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates

The Government has announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91 and will … Read more

Extension of Job Retention Scheme to March 2020

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in November, which will have a major effect on both employers and payroll departments.  In this article we look at the initial guidance and note that there will be further review for guidance from February 2021 onwards. CJRS will now remain open until 31 March … Read more

The Return of Furlough for November Payroll

Just as we were expecting that the Job Support Scheme would start on 1st November, replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (usually known as the furlough scheme), it has now been announced that The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not … Read more

Outsourcing Payroll in a recession

Every business is looking at how it can reduce overheads and increase efficiency, non more so than now due to the recession caused by the Covis-19 Pandemic. So, is outsourcing your payroll the right move right now? In our view, few areas of a business are quite as ripe for outsourcing as payroll So how … Read more

Covid-19 and Payroll. Latest News

October Furlough Changes From 1st October, the amount employers can claim for furlough drops to 60%, up to a cap of £1875.00 per month, with the employer having to make up 20% of gross pay, so employees still receive 80% of their pay. This will be the final month of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. … Read more

HMRC blocked thousands of furlough applications

HMRC has blocked thousands of applications for the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) due to fears that they were fraudulent. More than 30,000 CJRS applications have been rejected by HMRC, according to reports. At the end of June, 1,526 CJRS claims were rejected because the companies applying had ceased trading. An additional 23,899 applications … Read more

How Many Companies Have Used the Furloughing Scheme?

Nationally, it has been reported that over 9 million people have been supported by the furloughing scheme at a cost to the government of over £30 billion and rising. That is the national picture. Here at JLP, where all of our clients are small businesses employing less than 50 people, we have seen a different … Read more

Flexible Furloughing – The Challenges for Payroll

From 1st July 2020 businesses will have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part-time, with the government still paying 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. Employers can decide the hours and shift patterns that employees work. This means that … Read more

Non-Compliance and Enforcement of the National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage is statutory and legally binding. Companies must comply. However, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) published a report on 7th May 2020 which highlighted the fact that there is still a lot of non-compliance about. It also discussed the area of enforcement. More than 423,000 Workers are Underpaid The LPC’s report, which … Read more