Just over a year ago, reports had just started emerging regarding a novel virus. At that point, we had no idea how much impact COVID-19 would end up having on our professional and personal lives.

However, 2021, with the commencement of mass vaccinations, offers hope of a more predictable and consistent future – one where businesses will be able to start focusing on compliance again.

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The UK government implemented the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme last year to help businesses pay employees who had to reduce working hours or were laid off as a result of the shutdown. This furlough scheme has provided months of relief for workers and their employers during this ongoing crisis. But during the last year, there have been many changes in the percentage of government subsidizes – ranging from 60-80%, and these changes have been implemented with little notice.

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This year the UK government has implemented several UK Regulations Affecting employee payroll. The Job Retention Scheme that was announced in March 2020 has been gradually changing the employer contribution requirements each month, and in November 2020 announced the scheme would be extended until April 2021. Another highly controversial regulation related to IR35 (off-payroll rules) affecting contractors was postponed in 2020 but will go into effect beginning in April 2021. How does this affect your employee payroll?

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Although the freedom of movement for EU citizens into the UK technically ended on 31st October 2019, there is currently in place a temporary transition period until a new immigration system is developed in January of 2021. So, what does this mean for employers, landlords, and EU citizens who might be subject to immigration status checks and EU Citizens Right to Work in UK?

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