Claiming Small Employers Relief (SER)

First off, let’s start with the definition of the ‘small employer’ for the purpose of claiming Small Employers Relief (SER): An employer who pays or is liable to pay total gross Class 1 National Insurance contributions (excluding Class 1A and Class 1B) of £45,000 or less in the qualifying year.…

Sick Pay (SSP) for shielding no longer payable

If you’re on the Shielded Patient List, you’ve probably received a guidance letter from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding changes to shielding from 1st April 2021. Shielding advice is paused nationwide from 31st March 2021, however, everyone must still follow the distancing rules in place. Along with…

Working from home tax allowance extended

If you’re an employee working from home due to COVID-19 and purchasing your own office equipment which is later reimbursed by your employer, you are able to apply for tax relief through the HMRC services website. In order to make the claim, you will need a Government Gateway User ID…

Night Working Hours

What is a ‘night period’? Any hours worked between 11 pm and 6 am are considered as a night period, unless agreed differently between the employer and employee, and staff working at least 3 hours in the night period are considered night workers. If a different nightly period is agreed…

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