Introduction to Newsletter 22.10.09Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
This week we concentrate of two new consultation documents published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Both areas of change have been the subject of earlier consultations and the legislation in both cases is expected to be in place by April 2010. However, the more significant of the two for payroll and HR purposes, the implementation into UK law of the European Agency Worker Directive, will not come into force until October 2011. If you are a temp agency or you take on temps from a temp agency, these new Regulations will give you much to think about.
We would have liked to review this week a recent tax tribunal decision that is likely to prompt a rethink of the way in which the start date of the maternity pay period is determined. We have asked HMRC to comment on the case and the judge’s decision is problematic because it does not appear to be consistent with his reasoning on the legislation. We will provide a proper review as soon as possible.
Finally, a correspondent on the PayPerShop Forum is seeking advice on how HMRC is likely to calculate penalties following a compliance review. Can you share the benefit of your experience, if any, on this matter? You can find the topic at http://www.paypershop.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1267
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