Pay and benefits
Changes to the off-payroll working rules - known as IR35 - take effect in the private sector on 6 April.
Employers hiring military veterans can, from today, apply for relief on national insurance contributions (NICs) for the first 12 months of employment.
Nearly four in 10 (38%) mid-sized organisations are not prepared for the introduction of IR35 off-payroll working changes, with just under three weeks to go until they take effect.
From 1 April 2021 thousands of low-paid workers will receive a pay rise of almost 9%, as the eligibility for the national living wage is widened to include 23 and 24-year-olds.
The Government has published new guidance about how it will support organisations seeking to comply with upcoming off-payroll (IR35) changes.
A new pensions bill received royal assent yesterday (11 February 2021) that aims to strengthen protections for pension savers by extending the powers of the Pensions Regulator, introducing the power to issue civil penalties of up to £1m, and three new criminal offences. Some in the sector, however, have queried possible unintended consequences.
The age from which workers become eligible for the national living wage will reduce to 23, the government has confirmed as it announced April 2021 increases to statutory minimum wage rates.
Nearly 900,000 public sector workers including teachers, doctors, police and prison officers will see their pay increase by up to 3.1%.
There should be no further delay in addressing the long-standing 'unfairness' of contractors paying less tax than employees in situations where their work should be classified as an employment relationship, the government has said.
The changes to off-payroll working rules in the private sector, known as IR35, will go ahead in April 2021 after MPs voted against an amendment to delay them for at least two years.
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