Employment Law Articles

Check employment status for tax

The Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool can be used to help ascertain if a worker should be classified as employed or self-employed for tax purposes in both the private and public sector. The service provides HMRC’s view if IR35 legislation applies to a particular engagement and whether a worker should pay tax through PAYE. The service also helps determine if the...

Paying staff on jury service

If you have staff that have been called up to serve on a jury, then you must allow them the necessary time off. You can ask them to request to delay their jury service if their absence would seriously harm your business. Your employee would need to agree to this request and would need to provide written evidence explaining why a delay has been requested. The request to delay jury service can...

Employing for the first time

There are a multitude of rules and regulations that you must be aware of when you start employing staff for the first time. HMRC’s guidance sets out important issues to be aware of when becoming an employer. Decide how much to pay someone - you must pay your employee at least the National Minimum Wage. Check if someone has the legal right to work in the UK. You may have to do other employment...

Continuous employment defined

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers’ responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights. One of the issues that must be considered is the employees’ length of continuous employment. Continuous employment is

National Minimum Wage reminder for summer staff

We would like to remind any students and seasonal staff that work part time, for example in a summer job, to ensure they are being paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled to be paid the NMW.

Off-payroll working rules best practice

The rules for individuals providing services to certain private sector organisations via an intermediary such as a personal service company (PSC) changed from 6 April 2021. The new rules mean that medium and large-sized clients are now responsible

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