Payroll services – when the Cloud breaks

Last week saw Intuit’s Quickbooks payroll service in the US stop working and automatic payroll payments fail. It happened at a time that many were still on holiday following Memorial Day so that in many cases alternative arrangements were not available. It seems that the problem started at the beginning of the day in question, was not reacted to by …

Real Time Information

In July 2010 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published a discussion paper titled “Improving the Operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE)”. This focussed on improving the timeliness of the transmission of information to HMRC as a way of reducing costs for both employers and HMRC and for improving customer service to bothe employers and employees. The paper introduced the …

Default Retirement Age scrapped

Following a consultation process the government has confirmed that the Default Retirement Age (DRA) is to be phased out this year. This means that employers will no longer be allowed to dismiss staff just because they have reached the age of 65. As you would expect in the current economic climate the government believes that “the freedom to work for …

Scrapping the retirement age

News has emerged that the government is planning to scrap the default retirement age in the UK from October 2011. Under the proposal, employers would not be allowed to dismiss staff because they had reached the age of 65. The government will start of a consultation process about scrapping the rule. Currently, an employer can force an employee to retire …