Introduction for Newsletter 17.06.09Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
This week’s big story is the Law Lords’ decision in the Stringer case, supposedly bringing to an end a seven-year saga involving the payment of holiday pay to workers on extended sick leave. But the repercussions for employers and sick employees are considerable, with the HR press predicting widespread dismissals of sick employees and expensive claims to tribunals and courts for non-payment of holiday entitlements.
Two of this week’s stories involve changes to the wording of Regulations. There is an interesting contrast. In one case, a major and high-profile change involves the deletion of seven words. In the other case, a low-key change that will affect mainly Scottish employers involves extensive reworking of the relevant legislation.
HMRC has taken another step in the move towards payrolling benefits-in-kind. Any readers, whether employers, agents or payroll bureaux, who are already taxing benefits through the payroll are invited to complete questionnaires, describing their experiences.
This week’s Employer FAQ follows up on last week’s coverage of personal service companies with some details about the quite different PAYE and tax implications for managed service companies.
And, finally, who was Comenius and why is his name used for one the European Commission’s education programmes?
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