A run down on the top HR and Payroll news stories from the last week or so, from HR software provider Carval Computing Limited.
- Tax break for married couples from April 2015
- No HMRC PAYE filing penalties for short delays from March 2015.
- Yorkshire Dales National Park selects Carval for fully integrated Payroll, HR Software and Time & Attendance
- Carval is now a Bacs approved bureau!
- Recruitment boss prosecuted for failing to pay worker
- Data collection may cause legal ‘hurdles’ for HR, warns law firm
- A fifth of retirees not ready to give up work
- Rising childcare costs a barrier to work
- Cameron: Young unemployed must do community work for benefits
Tax break for married couples from April 2015
HMRC has asked Carval to tell our payroll software users about a new tax break for married couples. Uniwage v5.4 already supports the two new tax code suffixes so our payroll system users are all ready for this change. Read more
No HMRC PAYE filing penalties for short delays from March 2015.
HMRC have announced that employers will not incur penalties for delays of up to three days in filing PAYE information. Late payment penalties will continue to be reviewed on a risk-assessed basis rather than be issued automatically. There is no change to the filing deadlines. This means filing on or before each payment date unless the circumstances set out in the sending an FPS after payday guidance apply. Read more
Yorkshire Dales National Park selects Carval for fully integrated Payroll, HR Software and Time & Attendance
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has recently extended its use of HR Unity to include the Time and Attendance (T&A) and HR software modules. The Yorkshire Dales Park Authority has been using Carval’s Payroll Software since 2012, and is now using the system for HR administration for around 130 permanent staff, plus its governing committee of 22 Members and seasonal employees. The Carval T&A solution replaces a standalone system, which did not collect the required data or link to payroll. Now staff hours are fed directly to payroll, streamlining operations and improving accuracy.
Carval is now a Bacs approved bureau!
We're pleased to confirm that as of January 2015 Carval's payroll bureau has been audited by Bacs inspectors to ensure it meets the exacting standards set by their Bacs approved bureaux scheme (BABS). We can pay your employees via Bacs if you are using our payroll software or payroll bureau service.
Recruitment boss prosecuted for failing to pay worker
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The roll out of Universal Credit, which relies on RTI data to function, has begun amid Labour criticism that it will take over a 1,000 years to complete. Read full story
Data collection may cause legal ‘hurdles’ for HR, warns law firm
Updated EU data protection regulation may cause trouble for businesses collecting and mining employee data, law firm Allen & Overy has warned. In its report, The Big Data Think: Data with Destiny, the firm explains that there is presently no specific EU legislation on employee data. However, an EU draft regulation is being drawn up, which includes specific rules around employee data across the EU member states. The report said: “Employers ready to embrace more sophisticated use of data face some clear hurdles, and, with the regulation still under development, many questions remain unanswered, making it hard to understand what hazards might come with greater innovation.” - See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1149807/collection-cause-legal-hurdles-hr-warns-law-firm#sthash.d3UOa6uQ.dpuf..
A fifth of retirees not ready to give up work
Over a fifth (21%) of people planning to retire are not ready to give up working entirely, according to a survey by Prudential.
The insurer surveyed almost 7,700 people near retirement age about their plans for its Class of 2015 report.
It found more than half (51%) would consider working past state pension age to improve their financial situation.
About a quarter (24%) of people who are scheduled to retire this year have already chosen to delay their plans. - See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1149806/fifth-retirees-ready#sthash.BnFgFJS8.dpuf
Rising childcare costs a barrier to work
The rising costs of childcare have left families with the reality that it “simply does not pay to work”, according to the Family and Childcare Trust.
According to research by the Trust, over the past five years childcare costs have risen by 27%, resulting in parents paying £1,214 more than they did in 2009. As salaries have remained relatively static, this means childcare has become even more unaffordable.
The research found the cost of sending a child under two to nursery part time (25 hours) is now £115.45 per week in the UK (£6,003 per year), a £300 rise since last year.
The cost of part-time care from a childminder has also risen, by 43%, and now costs £104.06 per week (£5,411 per year). - See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1149786/rising-childcare-costs-barrier#sthash.apZf2fG3.dpuf
Cameron: Young unemployed must do community work for benefits
Young unemployed people would have to do community work in order to receive benefits under a Conservative government, prime minister David Cameron is due to announce.
Under the proposed plans, those aged 18 to 21 will not be allowed to claim benefits unless they work in the community and do at least 10 hours of job hunting a week.
Cameron will say a Conservative government will take “intensive action” on youth unemployment, and “get rid of that well-worn path” from school to a “life on benefits”.
The ‘Community Work Programme’ will apply to the 50,000 18- to 21-year-olds a year who have not been in employment, education or training for six months before claiming benefits. - See more at: http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1149752/cameron-unemployed-community-benefits#sthash.lwBxnIbM.dpuf