PAYE and NI

The economic downturn has seen a rise in the number of insurance claims made by SMEs facing legal action from employees who are citing unfair dismissal.

Employers are being reminded of increases to the amount of an employee’s weekly earnings that count towards statutory redundancy pay.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a guide to help small firms cope with the economic downturn.

Employers are being advised that, as from 26 January, HM Revenue and Customs is sending out penalty notices to those firms that have yet to file their 2007/08 employer’s annual return.

The government has accepted a request from the Low Pay Commission to delay an announcement of its recommendations on this year’s rise in the national minimum wage.

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