Key dates for 2020

15 January 2020

This year will bring a number of key changes to employment law, as well as the usual rate changes. See below for the key dates that employers and employees should be aware of.

Statutory sick pay

13 August 2018

John Davison explains where to find a calculator to work out the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and a number of exceptions to the normal rules. This is important as modern business often rely on contract workers and employees with more than one job.

The risk and rewards of zero-hours contracts

7 June 2018

Zero-hours contracts are not a new concept, but the increasing numbers and perceived exploitation have brought their use more sharply into focus in recent years. There are over 800,000 people employed in the UK on zero-hours contracts in their main employment. Those working under such contracts are most likely to be young (aged 16–24), part time, women, or in full-time education, working on average 26 hours a week. Paul Tew, Small Business Consultant and Freelance Advisor, looks at how this type of arrangement can be used to provide employers with a flexible workforce, in order to meet a temporary or changeable need for staff.

Claiming and eligibility for statutory payments

14 August 2017

Employers can no longer reclaim from the state any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid in respect of an employee’s sick leave. Other statutory payments for family related leave can be recovered in full or in part, the amount being dependent on the size of the employer in terms of gross National Insurance contributions (NIC) payments to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor, examines what amounts employers can reclaim and how to receive financial help from HMRC with making statutory payments.

New in 2014 for small employers

6 January 2014

Paul Tew highlights some of the main employment law changes affecting small businesses that are due in 2014.