As a small business owner we know you have a lot to deal with. However, it is important that you stay up to date with changes in employment legislation. Below is a list of new rules that have come into effect since the 1st July.

Right To Work

It makes companies shudder but right to work is an important check that employers are responsible for. Failure to do so can result in very hefty fines. The new rules have been phased in over a longer period, as a result of the pandemic and Brexit transition, however as of 1st July, these new rules are fully in effect.

For all foreign nationals (other than the Irish) a combination of some or all of the following schemes come into play to determine their immigration status:

  • The EU Settlement Scheme
  • The points-based immigration system
  • Employer sponsorship

Changes to furlough

From 1st July, the government contribution will drop to 70% and to qualify for this you will have to pay 10%, up to £312.50 per month alongside the NI and pension contributions. In total your employees will continue to receive 80% of salary for hours not worked. You will still be free to top this up to 100% at your own cost if you wish.

For August and September, the government will drop their contribution to 60%, with your contribution rising to a minimum of 20%, up to £625 per month.

Rules and guidance are constantly evolving. If you are a business based in London, the Thames Valley or Berkshire or and looking for one off HR projects support or ongoing outsourced HR then you can contact us through our website www.optimahr.co.uk or alternatively you can call us on 0203 086 8387. We offer free 30-minute HR consultation on any HR topic.