1 – NEW IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

1st January 2021 any employer wishing to recruit from outside the UK must comply with the new point-based immigration system. EEA nationals arriving in the UK from 1st January must comply with the new rules.

2 – IR35 Implementation

Whilst IR35 reform rules came into force on the 6th April 2020, the implementation was delayed due to COVID-19. The new rules will apply to medium and large organisations in the private sector and will affect organisations engaging contractors.  There is a duty on businesses to determine their employee status and assessing whether IR35 applies or not.

3 – NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM AND LIVING WAGE

From 1st April 2021 the National living wage will be extended to 23 and 24-year-olds as well as new higher rates coming into force from that date.

4 – PLAN FOR CHANGES TO THE CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME (CJRS)

COVID-19 is unfortunately likely to be with us for the balance of 2021, and so the CJRS has been extended until 30th April 2021. However, noises coming out from the government, as well as working groups, is that this could be extended further or look to reintroduce the Job support scheme; further details will follow.

5 – POST EMPLOYMENT NOTICE PAY

Another change from the 6th April 2021 will be new legislation coming into force on how the employment notice pay is calculated. This is being implemented to ensure this calculation is fair and will affect employees where their pay period is calculated in months but the notice period is in weeks.

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