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Minimum Auto Enrolment Pension Contribution Increases

March 12th, 2019 Posted by Archive 0 thoughts on “Minimum Auto Enrolment Pension Contribution Increases”



With effect from 6 April 2019, the minimum automatic enrolment contributions are:

                              Employer minimum contribution 3%

                              Employee minimum contribution 5%*

*Employee contributions are effectively 4% after 20% tax relief.

As an employer, if you do not comply The Pensions Regulator will issue statutory notices, followed by penalty notices.  Deliberately failing to enrol eligible employees and knowingly including false information on your declarations are criminal offences.   For more detailed information on auto enrolment responsibilities and penalties go to The Pension Regulator.

As always, please contact us if you require more information.

Tax Free Benefits for Employees and Directors

February 11th, 2019 Posted by Archive 0 thoughts on “Tax Free Benefits for Employees and Directors”
  • Interest free or low interest loans to the value of no more than £10,000 in the tax year
  • Relocation payments and expenses to the value of £8,000
  • Vouchers and gifts to the value of £50 (capped at £300 per annum for a director)
  • Staff entertaining, ie Christmas or summary party – up to £150 inc VAT a head
  • Up to £500 of independent pension advice
  • Employer’s contributions to an employee’s pension scheme
  • One health screening check-up and one health medical assessment
  • £4 a week for employees who regularly work from home
  • Long service awards for 20 years’ service of up £50 a year
  • Award schemes (ie staff suggestion scheme) generally exempt to a maximum of £5000
  • Provision of one mobile phone
  • Work related training
  • Onsite sports facilities/gym
  • Onsite parking facilities
  • Season ticket for a nearby public car park
  • Cycling safety equipment and storage (as long as the employee cycles to work)
  • Onsite childcare/nursery

The above list is not exhaustive, however these are the most common occurring items.  Often with the tax free benefits there are caveats attached to enable the benefit to be tax-free.  If you are unsure as to whether something is a taxable benefit or not, please get in touch and we can help guide you.


Christmas Cheer

December 6th, 2013 Posted by Archive 0 thoughts on “Christmas Cheer”

Works Christmas parties are a great way to let your hair down and enjoy a few drinks with colleagues. Just be careful though that you don’t do something which you may later regret.

A works party is still a work function and inappropriate behaviour could get you into trouble.

Alcohol can dampen inhibitions and it is not a good idea to tell the boss what you really think of him or to start a fight with the smug guy from despatch.

Employers are still responsible for the behaviour of their employees at parties whether they are held during working hours or after work. So if you step out of line and someone complains about your behaviour you might find yourself in trouble.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that 10% of workers know of a colleague who has been disciplined for inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas party.

Employment Tribunals have upheld claims from employees for the actions of their colleagues at works parties so there is evidence to support what I say here.


Let’s keep this in perspective though and remember that the vast majority of Christmas parties take place without anyone behaving badly so no one wants to be a killjoy but employers need to make it clear to employees what is and is not acceptable behaviour.


Employers should have a quiet word about what is expected prior to the event but all employers should:

  • have an equal opportunities policy and a dignity at work policy in place to cover any misdemeanours which may arise.
  • ensure that managers also know how to behave responsibly
  • have an agreement about late or non -attendance at work the following day


Also sites like Facebook allow for unflattering photos or comments about the boss or work colleagues to be posted. These postings may appear funny to some people but may cause a loss of respect and trust between colleagues and in serious cases can bring the employer into disrepute. Many companies now have social media policies and you could find yourself in trouble for such actions so be careful what you post. It only takes one person to complain and then you will have to explain your behaviour. It’s best not to post anything which may offend anyone, even if you restrict your posts to your “friends”.

And remember that the photocopier is for copying documents not parts of your anatomy.

So having mentioned a few things to avoid make sure you have a good time and enjoy your works party.


Rob Grinter


Mark David HR Ltd

Human Resource Specialists


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