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Statutory Maternity Pay

If your employee becomes pregnant and has been working for you for 26 weeks (i.e. six months) or more prior to the 'notification week’ (NW), she will qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP).  The 'notification week' is 15 weeks before the baby is due.  Read more...


Paternity

New fathers are entitled to two weeks' Statutory Paternity Pay if they have been in continuous employment with you for at least 26 weeks prior to the 'notification week'.  Read more...


Hourly Rate

Almost all workers are entitled by law to recieve the National Minimum Wage and it is a criminal offence to pay below the current hourly rate (except for exemptions).  Read more...


HMRC Liabilities

Tax and National Insurance contributions (also known as ‘HMRC liabilities’) are due quarterly or monthly, depending on the amount.  If you're employing one or two people you will probably pay quarterly.  Read more...


Pensions

Automatic Enrolment (or "Auto Enrolment") is a new pension initiative introduced by the UK government to help people save for retirement through automatically enrolling employees into a workplace pension scheme. This means that every employer in the country must provide a pension scheme for their employee/s and enrol them into it if they qualify.  Read more...


Holiday Entitlement

By law, a full time employee is entitled to 5.6 weeks (28 days) of paid leave per annum. This includes the 8 UK bank holidays. Holiday can only be taken as it has been accrued.  Read more...

Statutory Sick Pay

To qualify for Statutory Sick Pay employees must have been ill for at least four days in a row, be earning at least the Lower Earnings Limit, and inform their employer of their illness within seven days or by their employer's deadline (if one is stipulated in the Employment Contract). Read more...

Employing a Self Employed PA / Carer

There are very few instances where Personal Assistants (PAs) or Carers can be legitimately considered to be self employed. If you do engage the services of a self employed PA / Carer you must be sure that they have been granted self employment status by HMRC, otherwise you are liable for their tax and National Insurance. Read more...

Contracts of Employment

Contracts of Employment are a significant part of the employment process and ensuring there is one in place before any work begins goes a long way to settling potential disputes later on in the employment relationship.  Read more...


National Insurance

National Insurance contributions are made by both the employer and the employee, provided the salary is over a certain threshold.  See more...


Tax Codes

Your employee's tax code tells us how much income tax is payable on their salary. The code is worked out by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and is made up of numbers and usually one letter.  Read more...


Tax Years

The tax year in the UK runs from 6 April to 5 April.  Read more...

 

Rates and Thresholds

See here for the current tax and National Insurance thresholds (2015-16).  Read more...


Payslips

As an employer you must provide your employee with a payslip every time they are paid. The payslip must show the gross wage, the Tax and NI deductions made on their behalf, as well as the net wage.  Read more...


Net Pay

Within domestic staff recruitment and employment, it is still surprisingly common for wages to be discussed and agreed on a net (i.e. take home) rather than a gross basis.  Read more...


Useful Websites

Here are some websites that may be useful to you.  Read more...

 

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