How to introduce and manage a salary-sacrifice scheme
Author: Paul Tew
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- Be aware of what constitutes an effective salary-sacrifice arrangement.
- During the implementation of a salary-sacrifice arrangement remember to draw up a legally enforceable variation to the employee's terms and conditions.
- Ensure that all employees understand the implications of the revised contractual arrangements.
- In designing a scheme, think about whether any savings achieved will be rebated back into the employees' remuneration package or used to reduce costs elsewhere in the business.
- Check whether or not the benefits in kind offered to employees are totally exempt from tax/national insurance contributions, to maximise the salary-sacrifice benefit.
- Be aware that HMRC must be satisfied that the salary sacrifice is effective.
- Draw up a policy on when employees can opt in and out of a salary-sacrifice arrangement.
- Be aware that, while pension contributions can be included in a salary-sacrifice arrangement, participation in a workplace pension must not be dependent on agreeing to participate in a salary-sacrifice arrangement.
- Ensure that any salary-sacrifice arrangement does not cause the worker's hourly pay rate to be less than the relevant national minimum wage ratefor any future pay reference period.