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18 July 2024

As expected, yesterday, the King’s speech included the formal announcement of a new Employment Bill, the draft legislation for which will be introduced within 100 days. Although the changes are vast, and the exact details are yet to be seen, the guidance accompanying the King’s speech provides a bit more detail on what can be expected.

The proposals:

  • Banning exploitative zero-hours contracts – by ensuring all workers have a right to a contract that reflects the number of hours they regularly work and that all workers get reasonable notice of any changes in shift with proportionate compensation for any shifts cancelled or curtailed;
  • Ending “Fire and Rehire” and “Fire and Replace” – by providing effective remedies and replacing the previous inadequate statutory code;
  • Introducing day one rights for parental leave, sick pay and protection from unfair dismissal for all workers (whilst ensuring employers can operate probationary periods to assess new hires);
  • Removing the lower earnings limit and waiting period for Statutory Sick pay;
  • Making flexible working the default from day one for all workers;
  • Making it unlawful to dismiss a woman who has had a baby for six months after her return to work, except in specific circumstances;
  • Establishing a Fair Work Agency as a single enforcement body to strengthen enforcement of workplace rights;
  • Establishing a Fair Pay Agreement in the adult social care sector;
  •  Reinstating the School Support Staff Negotiating Body;
  • Updating trade union legislation by removing the requirement for minimum service levels and ensuring industrial relations are based around good faith negotiation and bargaining; and
  • Simplifying the process of statutory recognition to ensure workers have a reasonable right to access a union within workplaces.
  • Introducing a new Pensions Bill that will help people save for later life by consolidating small pension pots, preventing people from losing track of their savings, and potentially increasing retirement income by up to 9% for average earners.

Notably, the guidance does not contain any information on moving to a single “worker” status. However, the terminology in the guidance regularly refers to “all workers” rather than “employees” and therefore, it is possible that rights, such as unfair dismissal, may be broadened in their applicability in this way – if not immediately, in the not too distant future. In addition, there was no mention of changing all Employment Tribunal limitation dates to 6 months, rather than the current 3 – which may provide a small bit of relief to employers who are undoubtedly going to have a raft of changes to understand and implement in their organisations!

We will keep you updated as soon as the draft legislation is published, but in the interim, if you require any support, please contact us.

28 May 2024

Starting from April 2026, HMRC is changing the way Income Tax and Class 1A National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on benefits are reported and paid. Find out what these changes are and what they mean for UK businesses.

HMRC is introducing key changes to the reporting and taxation of Benefits in Kind (BiK) that will impact both employers and employees. From April 2026, Income Tax and Class 1A National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on benefits will no longer be reported through P11D forms. Instead, employers will need to integrate these contributions directly into their payroll systems.

What are Benefits in Kind?
Benefits in Kind (sometimes known as ‘benefits’ or ‘fringe benefits’) are non-cash perks offered to employees, providing value beyond their basic salary. Common examples include company cars, gym memberships, private health insurance, and childcare vouchers. These perks play a significant role in attracting and retaining talent. Historically, BiKs have required additional reporting for businesses through the use of P11D forms every tax year.

How does payrolling benefits work?
Payrolling benefits simplifies the taxation process by including the cash equivalent of non-salary benefits directly in the employee’s payroll. This streamlines the administration process and also ensures greater transparency and efficiency in how these benefits are taxed. The changes mean that benefits are taxed through payroll, removing the need for any end-of-year adjustments.

What does this mean for employers?
By April 2026, employers will no longer need to report benefits on a P11D. Instead, they must ensure their payroll software is equipped to handle employee benefits directly. This change will require employers to use HMRC-approved PAYE payroll software that includes payroll benefits. Employers should proactively update or upgrade their payroll systems to meet the new requirements. The goal is to simplify and modernise payroll processes for businesses.

How to implement payrolling to Benefits in Kind
Payrolling benefits involve calculating the taxable value of each benefit and distributing that amount across each employee’s paychecks throughout the year. This simplifies tax matters for everyone, making it easier for both you and your employees to track and manage tax obligations.

You don’t have to wait until April 2026 to change to payrolling benefits as you can make the changes now. To get started, simply register for HMRC’s online service for payrolling benefits and expenses before the start of the tax year you want to make the switch.

Our thoughts
Payrolling benefits is a significant step towards modernising payroll practices. We encourage employers to proactively prepare and make the necessary changes before the April 2026 deadline to ensure a smooth transition.

20 December 2021

Typically, December is the chance to look back over the last year and celebrate our high points. However, 2021 needs a little more consideration than other years. What sets it aside from other years is that, while 2020 felt like the year when time stopped, 2021 was very much a year of progress and development.

Can anyone remember what it was like in the years BC (Before Covid)? This was traditionally the time of year where we’d look back over the previous year and scan the horizon for the year ahead. While we still have much to be proud of and grateful for, this is also the chance for us, at Corinthian, to take the opportunity to thank you for joining us.