February 2018


Hello, we would like to share with you the latest news within Cluer HR, as well as keeping you up to date with developments in the world of HR and employment law as they occur.

It’s all part of the service. We hope you find it useful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

New Legislation on Payslips

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The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 was laid before Parliament earlier this month. It requires payslips to state the number of hours being paid where wages vary according to time worked; either as an aggregate number of hours or as separate figures for different types of work (or rate of pay). It comes into force on the 6th April 2019.

National Minimum Wage Rates

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These will come into force from 1 April 2018:

Workers aged 25 and over: £7.83 an hour (National Living Wage)
Workers aged 21 and over: £7.38 an hour
Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £5.90 an hour
Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.20 an hour
Apprentice rate: £3.70 an hour
Please get in touch if you’d like some help adjusting your rates at [email protected] or call us on 01386 751740

Family Friendly Payments and Statutory Shared Parental Pay

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Statutory maternity (SMP), paternity (SPP), adoption (SAP) and shared parental pay (ShPP) will rise from £140.98 to £145.18 a week from April. Usually the rate increase would be from 1 April, but the statement to Parliament announcing the new figures suggests the date this year may be Monday 9 April 2018. Statutory sick pay (SSP) is due to rise this month from £89.35 to £92.05. The lower earnings limit will rise from £113 to £116.

“Tax-free Childcare Scheme” To Replace Childcare Voucher Scheme

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The Tax-free Childcare scheme enables eligible parents to receive a contribution from the Government of 20% of their childcare costs, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child (or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000). Parents can pay money into a childcare account and have the payments topped up by the Government. For example, for every 80p paid in by parents, the Government will top up the payment in the childcare account by 20p. Parents can open their own childcare accounts online and the scheme is not led or administered by employers.

Tax-free Childcare is available for parents whose youngest child is under 12 and parents of a child who is disabled (aged under 17). Employers are not obliged to play a role in the Tax-free Childcare scheme as the scheme operates directly between parents and the Government. Parents can set up and pay into their own childcare accounts online, which the Government will then top up with a contribution of 20% of the childcare costs, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child (or up to £4,000 for a disabled child). However, employers can choose to play a voluntary role by providing employees with information on the scheme and/or by paying into employees’ childcare accounts.

Employers can act as a source of information on the scheme, for example by referring employees to the Government web portal for advice. A useful time to provide this information may be prior to and on return from periods of family-related leave. This option may appeal to employers that do not currently offer employer-supported childcare (ie childcare vouchers or directly contracted childcare).
Employers can also choose to pay into a childcare account if they wish to do so. This could be done by facilitating payment into the childcare account on behalf of the employee. Under this option the employer makes the payment into the childcare account directly from the employee’s net pay via the payroll system. Alternatively, employers may choose to make additional payments into childcare accounts without an employee’s net pay being reduced. In this case, the additional payment made by the employer will be classed as earnings and subject to appropriate tax and national insurance deductions. Instead of making a series of smaller payments, employers will also have the option of making one bulk payment.
Should employers choose to take up a payment role within the scheme, they would not be required to take on any wider responsibilities such as checking an employee’s eligibility for Tax-free Childcare. This would remain the Government’s responsibility.
Tax-free Childcare is available for parents whose youngest child is under 12 and parents of a child who is disabled (aged under 17). Get in contact with us if you’d like to help your employees access this scheme at [email protected] or call us on 01386 751740

Introducing our Brand-New Website

Here at Cluer HR, we are proud to announce the launch of our ‘spangeley’ new state of the art website. Beyond the Homepage feel free to explore our 5 sections within the site. We hope you enjoy our new “keep up-to-date” page which is full of HR articles and now includes our social media presence. We hope this will allow you a more leisurely surfing experience as it brings all of our news old and new into one place.

We do hope you like our new look, (yes that does include the new team photos), check out our “Meet the Team” section to spot the changes!

We do of course value your opinion and comments and would encourage any feedback, so we are able to continually improve our website and communication channels accordingly.

Enjoy and thank you.

From all the team here at Cluer HR.

Kirsten Cluer

Kirsten’s Race For Life!

Kirsten is taking part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy on June 30th 2018, raising money to beat Cancer sooner. Donations would certainly increase her motivation and determination and be much appreciated. Final pictures proving completion of the race will also be shared! Please donate via Just Giving on: http://bit.ly/KirstenRace

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