Furlough fraud amnesty

23.06.20 / Insight posted in Articles, People

As of June 2020, 9.1 million jobs have been furloughed at a cost of £20.8 billion. The government is proposing a new Bill to allow them to investigate those who have claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and other income related support schemes and grants. The Bill would enable HMRC to prosecute those…


Returning to the workplace – your HR checklist

10.06.20 / Insight posted in Articles, People

If you are planning to return to the workplace after lockdown, you are probably already thinking that there is so much to consider. There is a huge amount to think about and each aspect is as important as the next. Our HR experts have compiled a useful checklist of the key areas of resourcing that…


Coronavirus job retention scheme: What does it mean for businesses and furloughed employees?

05.06.20 / Insight posted in People

As businesses are ordered to close and employees to stay at home, the government is attempting to protect the wages of those affected with the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS). The CJRS offers employers access to up to 80% of wage costs capped at £2,500 per month for each furloughed employee. The scheme aims to…


Assessing effective remote-working using psychometric tools

22.05.20 / Insight posted in Articles, Operations, People

As the world moves towards a new normal and businesses start deciding what that means for them in the long term, many will be considering more permanent arrangements for homeworking and working more flexibly. For now, working at home has been enforced and everyone is doing their best to cope. However, when normal life resumes,…


Returning to the workplace post lock-down

21.05.20 / Insight posted in Articles, Brochures, Operations, People

It is unlikely that you will be able to return to your normal working practices quickly. How that actually looks will differ from company to company, so it is important to start thinking long term and shape your new normal. There are certain areas that you need to plan carefully before implementing any changes. This…


Wellbeing during lockdown

14.05.20 / Insight posted in Articles, People

Among the words that are now commonplace in our lingo – like social distancing, herd immunity and furloughing – wellbeing is the one justifiably jostling for first place. The welfare of employees has arguably never been so important to businesses. With many people now working from home, there are significant mental health implications. No more…


What do employers do when furlough ends?

05.05.20 / Insight posted in Articles, Coronavirus, Operations, People

When furlough ends and lockdown restrictions are lifted, in an ideal world, one might expect employees to return to a full normal workload again. The reality, however, is more likely to be that employees return but their workload only slowly returns to normal over a longer period of time. Employers taking advantage of the furlough…


Free tax code checks for retired workers returning to the NHS

29.04.20 / Insight posted in Articles, Coronavirus, People

If you have returned to work in the NHS after retiring, your tax affairs have just become more complicated. This is far from ideal at a time when your focus is on helping the country get through the Coronavirus crisis. We are here to help. The area that is most likely to go wrong relates…


FT: John Hood on company vehicles during furlough

27.04.20 / Insight posted in Coronavirus, People, MKS News

John Hood takes the FT through the maths on company car allowances in terms of value, fuel and emissions. He said: “If people are stuck at home and not able to use the car anyway, they are not getting much bang for their buck so they might as well reduce their tax bill as well.”…


Practical tips on claiming for furloughed employees

21.04.20 / Insight posted in Articles, Coronavirus, People

The scheme is extended until 30 June 2020. Both the national insurance and pension thresholds are now pro-rated. However, those claiming should be aware that the calculations are all based on calendar days and not working days, which might cause discrepancies. HMRC has provided a manual calculator for employers to sense check their own calculations…