Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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Private Members Bill receives its first reading: Maternity and Paternity Leave (Premature Birth) Bill 2016-17 31 October 2016

Another Private Members Bill, that if successful will impact employers in respect of their parental leave and pay procedures, has received its first reading in Parliament.

The Bill was presented to Parliament through the ballot procedure on 26 October 2016. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage. Second reading debate is scheduled for 16 December 2016. This Bill is a Private Member’s Bill, which are often not printed until close to the second reading debate. If you wish to know more about this bill please contact its sponsor Mr Steve Reed MP Member for Croydon North , however, in brief the Bill seeks to amend Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 to make provision about maternity and paternity leave for parents of babies born prematurely; and for connected purposes. This follows the second reading of another Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Will Quince MP Member for Colchester that also seeks to insert in to Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act, the right for a parent to have up to two weeks paid Statutory Entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave - first reading . The rate of which is proposed to be the lower of the 90% of the employees average weekly earnings of the standard rate – currently £139.58. The second reading was scheduled for debate on 28 October 2016.

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Simple Record keeping Applications – updated list from HMRC 31 October 2016

In a bid to support the take up of Making Tax Digital, HMRC have recently updated the list of software suppliers that have produced simple record keeping applications.

The list includes software suppliers that have produced, following consultation with HMRC, simple record keeping applications, some of which are free, and some meet cash basis and simplified expenses specifications.

However be aware of the significant disclaimer from HMRC:

HMRC has not carried out any testing of the listed applications and do not carry out any form of security testing of developer products or services. Customers are encouraged to ask their suppliers for information about the security aspects of the products and services they provide.

And further, HMRC cannot recommend or endorse any one product or service over another and will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense in connection with using this software.

The list is available via GOV.UK.

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Use of labour providers: advice on due diligence 9 November 2016

If you use labour supplied by a third party then this information will help you understand how to safeguard your business from financial and reputational risk whilst maintaining the flexible workforce you need.


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