Discover how to benefit from an extra pair of hands at work for free!

As part of its European Social Fund (ESF) Ways to Work Programme, St Helens Council is inviting small to medium size business owners to attend a breakfast event where they can find out how to benefit from an extra member of staff for six months, with no extra costs to their business. During the St … Read more

New initiative to boost disadvantaged groups in work

An employer toolkit to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched. A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today. People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others do not – such as having to … Read more

Employees miss out on pension contributions

£535 million of pension contributions have been lost over the last 3 years, due to employees opting out of auto-enrolment, according to new research published by NOW: Pensions. Employees earning £26,500 have lost £1,247 of possible contributions with £624 being paid by their employer. In contrast, employees earning £40,000 have lost £2,062 with £1,031 contributed … Read more

HMRC relaxes PAYE late filing penalties

HMRC will begin relaxing automatic late filing penalties for people who send PAYE information late, officials have indicated. The revenue said it would take a ‘proportionate approach’ instead of issuing automatic penalties in the event that an employer reports PAYE information late. Investigations will now be concentrated on ‘the more serious defaults on a risk-assessed … Read more

Network Rail announces significant investment in its contingent labour workforce

Network Rail will be awarding a series of contracts with contingent labour suppliers to provide workers across the network with a total minimum spend of £450m over five years. The awards will see a strategic change in the number of suppliers from 57 to 20. Four core suppliers will provide 70% of the workforce supported … Read more

Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation boosted by extra £54,000

Asbestos-related cancer suffers are to receive up to £54,000 extra thanks to new compensation rules. Asbestos-related cancer suffers are to receive up to £54,000 extra thanks to new compensation rules brought in today (10 February 2015). Under new rules for the government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, compensation will rise to match 100% of average civil … Read more