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Holiday Entitlement Continued…

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

In a recent blog we discussed holiday entitlement for casual and zero hour workers.  Here we discuss other areas of holiday pay:

Rolled-up holiday pay

Rolled-up pay is when an employer pays accrued holiday hours alongside basic hours. Should this be the case then the employer must breakdown these hours clearly on a payslip.  The general rule is that holiday pay should be paid for the time when annual leave is taken, and HMRC suggest (as a general guide) that if employers are including an amount for holiday pay alongside the hourly rate, then current contracts may need to be re-negotiated.  (more…)

Cloud Accounting

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by Ian Thomas No Comments

As a growing number of businesses adopt cloud-based accounting software, Ian Thomas, managing director at MHA Broomfield Alexander, looks at the reasoning behind it, the benefits and pitfalls of making the switch, and how to choose the right product. (more…)

Apprenticeships fall 31% in the last academic year

Posted on: October 1st, 2018 by Sarah Case No Comments

The number of people starting apprenticeships has dropped by 31% in the last 12 months, the Department for Education has claimed.

In the academic year between August 2017 and May 2018 there were 315,900 apprenticeship starts, compared to 457,200 the same time the year before. (more…)

Making Tax Digital and Sage Software

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by Judith Mallen No Comments

Making Tax Digital is HMRC’s move to digitise tax. As from 1 April 2019, businesses with a turnover above £85k will have to submit VAT returns through the HMRC gateway using commercial accounting software. 

If you currently have Sage 50 software you will need to check if your software is MTD Compliant and if the software is not MTD compliant then you will need to upgrade.  (more…)

Everything you need to know about your P60

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

By now everybody who is employed should have received a P60 document. It is compulsory for an employer to provide their employees with this document by the 31st May. (more…)

Holiday Entitlement

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by Clive Headon No Comments

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year, employers can choose to include bank holidays in this entitlement.

For a full time worker, calculating holiday pay is straight forward; workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days paid annual leave per year. (This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks).

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Businesses call for more government support

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by Sarah Case No Comments

Four out of five entrepreneurs in the UK believe the government could do more to support their small business, research claims.

Aldermore surveyed 1,799 people, including 642 small business owners, and found 79% of respondents believed existing initiatives did not provide enough support to SMEs.

Apprenticeship levy funds go towards the training of apprentices, but only 36% of SMEs polled were aware of the funding and only 4% had accessed this form of government support. (more…)

GDPR & Sage Online Services Portal

Posted on: May 15th, 2018 by Judith Mallen No Comments

With GDPR on the horizon, Sage Online Services Portal is a secure online portal designed to share payslips, P60s and timesheets with employees for whom you run a Payroll service.

Sage Online Payslips/P60s keeps your payslips and P60s processes simple and straightforward, and is a great alternative way to produce your payslips and P60s.

The safe, secure online portal allows your employees to access their payslips and P60s online, 24/7 from any device. (more…)

Late payments affect almost half of small businesses

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Sarah Case No Comments

Almost half of small and medium-sized businesses have struggled with late payments in the last year, according to research by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Of the 787 business leaders surveyed, 48% have faced issues with late payments since April 2017.

Almost a third (31%) said this was the result of an “excessively bureaucratic payments system” in the company being invoiced. (more…)

Smallest firms hit by higher pension costs

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Ian Thomas No Comments

Startups and the smallest businesses are having to absorb higher pension costs as the new tax year gets under way.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) warned that the doubling of minimum employer contributions into workplace pensions from 6 April 2018 will “hit the very smallest firms and startups the hardest”.

Firms in labour-intensive industries – such as retail, childcare and construction – will reportedly feel the impact most acutely. (more…)

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