Top 5 Things In Payroll To Know This Week – 23/04/2021

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Top5! This week includes yet more updates to CJRS guidance, statistics, right to work and details of the next two Payroll Forums.  

1. More changes to CJRS guidance

It’s like the gift that keeps on giving, but nobody wants it!  Even more updates to the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Remember to keep copies.



Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Updated guidance for other types of employees you can claim for and if your employee is clinically vulnerable.

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Welsh version of this guidance has been updated.

Individuals you can claim for who are not employees

Section on contractors engaged with the public sector, or by a medium or large-sized organisation, in scope of off-payroll working (IR35) rules has been updated.



2. Number of employees on payroll fell by 2.8%

The Office for National Statistics released their latest figures for earnings and employment from PAYE RTI and reported that early estimates for March 2021 indicate that the number of payrolled employees fell by 2.8% compared with March 2020. 

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3. Addison Lee drivers are workers, Court of Appeal confirms

Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self-employed, and are entitled to the national minimum wage and holiday pay, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.

The minicab firm has had its application to appeal against the rulings of the employment tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal dismissed, with Lord Justice Bean stating that it is unlikely to succeed following the recent Uber BV vs Aslam and Others judgment, in which the Supreme Court found Uber drivers are workers.

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4. UK right to work check concessions to end next month

Temporary adjustments to the process for checking individual rights to work in the UK will end on 16 May 2021, the Home Office has announced.

From 17 May, employers must once again check individuals’ original documents, rather than scans or photographs of the originals, or use the Home Office’s online right to work check tool. Checks must be performed in the physical presence of the individual or via a live video link, while the original documents are in the possession of the employer.

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5. Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation

Sectors including the creative, agriculture and construction industries will soon be able to offer more flexible apprenticeship opportunities.

A consultation has launched on Tuesday 20 April, seeking views on how new flexi-job apprenticeship schemes could be run. Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long, so some sectors with flexible employment patterns and short-term roles, such as agriculture, construction and creative sectors including TV, film and theatre production, have found it challenging to create enough opportunities.

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Next Payroll Forum – 6 May 2021

The next Payroll Forum will take place on 6 May from 3pm. 

Barry Matthews will be joining me to talk about the bureau sector and we will also be joined by bureau managers from across the industry. 

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Payroll Forum: Apprenticeships – 8 June 2021

In June I will be focusing on the payroll apprenticeship, how it works, why it exists and how you can fund it.  I will also be joined by a number of training providers that you can speak to about your requirements. 



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