Editor's message: Advances in benefits delivery - largely through the use of flex and voluntary benefits packages, and salary-sacrifice arrangements - have led to many employers offering employees a choice of benefits. As more emphasis is placed on employee choice - and employees come to expect this - we can expect the use of such arrangements to increase.
However, employers will still need to keep a lid on their benefits spend, and may be minded to check what their competitors are doing to see whether they need to offer a wider benefits package. It is also worth making sure that employees are fully aware of, and take advantage of, the benefits on offer.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated to include details of the Government's call for evidence on business expenses.
We round up our key content on employment law changes that come into effect in April 2017.
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
The Government will consult on the tax treatment of employer-provided living accommodation.
The Government will launch a call for evidence on how benefits in kind are treated for tax purposes.
The Government will launch a call for evidence on the tax treatment of employees' business expenses.
XpertHR surveys is conducting a survey of company car and car allowance provision across the UK, and would like to request your assistance with our research.
Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests.
Additional information on the law on maternity leave and pay for NHS employers. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on maternity leave and pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pay-related and other benefits.