All items: Pay and benefits

  • Government waives IR35 penalties for one year

    16 February 2021

    The Government has published new guidance about how it will support organisations seeking to comply with upcoming off-payroll (IR35) changes.

  • Pension Schemes Act hailed as 'landmark'

    12 February 2021

    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.

  • National living wage April 2021: 23-year-olds to receive increase

    25 November 2020

    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.

  • Almost 900,000 public sector staff see above-inflation pay rise

    21 July 2020

    Nearly 900,000 public sector workers including teachers, doctors, police and prison officers will see their pay increase by up to 3.1%.

  • We cannot delay IR35 reforms any further, government says

    17 July 2020

    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.

  • IR35 changes will go ahead in April 2021

    2 July 2020

    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.

  • Proposed delay to IR35 fails to gain support

    20 May 2020

    A proposed delay to the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector has failed to gain support in parliament.

  • Low Pay Commission: "Improve awareness of how apprentices should be paid"

    7 May 2020

    The Government should improve communications around how apprentices should be paid, after it emerged that as many as one in three in some age groups are underpaid - often because of confusion around which rate they should be on.

  • Coronavirus: Watchdog warns against DB to DC pension transfers

    29 April 2020

    Savers looking to move from a defined benefit (DB) to a defined contribution (DC) pension during the Covid-19 crisis are to be warned against it in a letter from regulators.

  • House of Lords: IR35 'riddled with problems'

    28 April 2020

    The IR35 rules are 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, and unintended consequences', according to a House of Lords committee looking into the impact of off-payroll working reforms.

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