What were the top 10 most popular Employment Matters topics in 2019?

In 2019 we published a wide range of employment related topics as diverse as changes to the IR35, holiday pay calculations, employment engagement, and staff retention and the link to payroll. Just in case you missed them, here are the top ten most popular:

1. Good Work Plan – what should your HR priorities be?
The Good Work Plan points towards employee engagement, employee development and employee wellbeing as a measure of ‘fair and decent work’. 

2. Extending the off-payroll working rules from April 2021
The Government confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (IR35) will be reformed from 6 April 2021. It’s important not to underestimate the impact of these changes and to start preparing for them now.

3. Off-payroll working – what is the impact of the small companies accounting regime?
The legislative changes for off-payroll workers in the private sector will not apply to client end users who are small companies. For those, the current legalisation in Chapter 8 of ITEPA 2003 remains applicable. The size of the company (and in the case of a parent company, the size of the group headed by it) in terms of its turnover, balance sheet total and average number of employees determines whether it is classed as small.

4. Prepared for the P11D process
There were changes to form P11D reporting for the 2016/17 tax year onwards. Understanding and abiding by the revised rules is important, to ensure ongoing compliance and avoid penalty. 

5. Termination payments: further change from April 2020
When considering the tax treatment of a payment in relation to the termination of employment, for many the tax exempt figure of £30,000 immediately comes to mind. However, it is not that simple, as it cannot be assumed that it automatically applies. Furthermore, the NIC rules affecting termination payments are changing from 6 April 2020, which could result in additional complexities and costs for employers.

6. Holiday pay – are you making an expensive mistake?
With employment tribunal claims on the increase and state enforcement of holiday pay on the horizon, we look at how employers often get it wrong and why that can be an expensive mistake. 

7. Measuring and building engagement effectively
The government has recognised that employee engagement is a valuable commodity for an organisation to harness. Good employee engagement helps to increase an organisation’s productivity. But how do you measure and build engagement effectively? 

8. Staff retention linked to payroll
Payroll inaccuracies can have a negative impact on your employees, and therefore your organisation. How confident are you that your payrolls are being processed correctly? 

9. Key amendments to the Employment Rights Act 1996
Read on to find out about the changes coming in April 2020 to the statements of terms employers must provide to the workforce and how holiday pay must be calculated.

10. How does the change to May Day 2020 affect employers? 
In May 2020, the May Day Bank Holiday will be changing to Friday 8 May. Read more to find out how this will affect your part time employees’ holiday entitlement. 

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