Category Archives: Employees

How do I set up a new employee in Xero?

Bringing in a new hire is an exciting time for a business. Your team, profits, customer pool, and business in general are all growing. So let’s start by saying congratulations! With all this exciting progress, it’s important not to lose sight of the details. Setting up a new employee in Xero is an important step…

Health and safety

By law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of all employees, including those working from home. Employer responsibilities During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s very unlikely that employers can carry out usual health and safety risk assessments at an employee’s home. However, an employer should still check that: each employee feels the work they’re…

What you need to know about the change to holiday pay for workers without fixed hours or pay

Holiday pay, fixed hours, government change

If you’re a business with employees, it’s important to take note of the changes the government makes with respect to your staff.  As the majority of the UK workforce are full-time employees with fixed hours and pay, the rules are pretty standard. Typically on a fixed monthly salary, if a staff member takes a week’s…

Need to hire a bookkeeper? It may not not be the best decision for you, and here’s why

bookkeeping, cash flow, hiring

As the owner of a small growing business, you’ve probably got to the point where you can no longer handle all your accounting tasks alone. If you haven’t got there already, you will.  In our experience working with small business owners, when you get to this point, your first thought will be to look for…

New workplace pension limits from 6 April 2019

workplace pension, limits

The amounts that employers and workers will be required to pay into workplace pensions are due to increase from 6 April unless the worker opts out. The new limits will be 5% from the worker and 3% from the employer. The total minimum contribution will, therefore, increase from the current 5% overall to 8%. In…

Don’t Lose Your Personal Allowance!

pension contributions, git aid, tax

For every £2 that your adjusted net income exceeds £100,000 the £11,850 personal allowance is reduced by £1. Pension contributions and Gift Aid can help to reduce adjusted net income and save tax at an effective rate of 60%. The restriction applies between £100,000 and £123,700 adjusted net income. Another way that you could avoid…

HMRC publish updated benchmark scale rates for employees worldwide travel expenses from 6 April 2019

Benchmark, travel reimbursement

Employers can reimburse employees who travel abroad for business purposes for their accommodation and subsistence expenses by making scale rate payments. The tables cover a wide range of countries and regions within countries.  These were last updated in 2014 What the tables contain For most countries, there are benchmark rates for the larger cities as well as…

Optional Remuneration Arrangements – (OpRA)

benefits, employees

The optional remuneration arrangement (OpRA) legislation was introduced on 6 April 2017 and replaces salary sacrifice. The new rules apply to any employee that is offered either cash or the alternative of a benefit in kind in their contract of employment.  Under these new rules, the taxable benefit is the greater of the cash amount…