Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

A third of respondents plan on payrolling in 2017-18 27 September 2016

The CIPP Policy team have been running a poll on the new website asking if you are planning to take up voluntary payrolling of benefits for the 2017-18 tax year.

We received 573 responses throughout September and 33% of respondents said yes, they would be taking up voluntary payrolling of benefits next year, but what of the remaining 67%? What is stopping the 35% who said ‘no’ they would not be, and the 32% who are still undecided? Register for Payrolling BiKs in 2017 If you are planning to take up voluntary payrolling of BiKs you can register now or anytime up to 5 April 2017, however HMRC advises employers to register before the annual tax coding process begins, which is usually around 21 December to avoid being sent multiple tax codes for employees with payrolled benefits.

Go to GOV.UK for full guidance and the link to register .

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Payslip detail for hourly paid workers 24 October 2016

Unpaid Britain has a blog which entitled 'The disappearing payslip ' which looks at the importance of the paper payslip and the consequences of their decline in provision.

Part of the blog talks about the general right to “written pay advice” which dates back to the 1960 Payment of Wages Act, and that the requirements have changed little since. Then, gross pay, net pay and any deductions had to be shown, and this remains the case now under Section 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The blog goes on to say that there is no requirement in law to show how the gross figure has been calculated – by showing the number of hours worked and the hourly rate of pay for example and that Unions have argued that this can leave workers with insufficient information to assess whether they have been paid enough. It highlights that in the latest Low Pay Commission (LPC) report (para 66) , the LPC have taken note of these points and recommended (not for the first time) that the government consider requiring that payslips of hourly- paid workers should include the number of hours for which they are being paid.

In light of this recommendation, please take a moment to complete our CIPP Poll (on the right of this and every news item) which asks:

If you have hourly-paid workers, do you include the number of hours for which they are being paid on their payslip?

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Is flexible working becoming the top benefit? 2 November 2016

Only 18% of respondents to a CIPP poll say that they have not had any requests for flexible working within the last two years.

Over two years ago the government extended the right to apply for flexible working to all employees, as long as they have at least 26 weeks’ service with their current employer.

Before 30 June 2014, the right only applied to parents of children under the age of 17 years (or 18 years if the child was disabled) and certain carers.


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