Statutory Maternity Pay and Pay Rises

Statutory Maternity Pay and LeaveEmployee earnings affected by a pay rise

A pay rise must not be withheld because of maternity leave.

You must recalculate the average weekly earnings (AWE) to take account of pay rises awarded, or that would have been awarded had your employee not been on maternity leave.

This applies if the pay rise was effective from anytime between the start of the 8 week relevant period for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and the end of the statutory maternity leave.

If a pay rise is awarded after you’ve calculated your employee’s earnings, and that pay rise is effective from the start date of the relevant period but before the Maternity Pay Period (MPP) ends, you must:

  • recalculate the AWE to include the pay rise as though it was effective from the beginning of the relevant period
  • pay any extra SMP due

If a pay rise is awarded which, when recalculated, means that earnings are now high enough for your employee to get SMP when they could not before, you must:

  1. Work out 90% of the AWE.
  2. Take away the standard rate of SMP.
  3. Pay the difference for 6 weeks.

If 90% of the AWE is less than the standard rate you might not have to pay your employee anything.

This is because they may have received the balance of SMP due from Jobcentre Plus (or the Jobs and Benefits office in Northern Ireland) as Maternity Allowance (MA).

Not all women are entitled to MA, or the MA may be less than the SMP your employee is now entitled to. You should ask them to get a letter from the Jobcentre Plus (or the Jobs and Benefits office in Northern Ireland) to confirm how much MA was received.

If your employee gives you a letter from the Jobcentre Plus office (or the Jobs and Benefits office in Northern Ireland) showing how much MA was received:

  1. Work out the total amount of SMP they’re entitled to.
  2. Take away the MA that was paid.
  3. Take away any SMP you’ve already paid.
  4. Pay your employee the difference.

Your employee should still benefit from a pay rise, even if they do not intend to return to work with you after their maternity leave has ended.

If a pay award is made after they have terminated their employment and the pay rise is backdated to when they were working for you, or were on maternity leave with you, they may be entitled to benefit from the pay rise. You must check the terms of their old contract of employment.

If more than one pay rise has been awarded during the period they were on maternity leave you’ll need to make separate calculations for each one.

Further details can be found here

PAYE Form P60 for your employees

Form P60 pictureIf you employ staff, you must give all employees a P60 at the end of each tax year, if they are working for you on 5 April.  This must provide this by 31 May, on paper or electronically.  You can either:

You can’t download blank P45 and P60 forms.

Contact HMRC if you have problems ordering online, your order hasn’t arrived in 7 working days, or to order by telephone 0300 123 1074.

A P60 shows an employee the tax that has been paid on their salary during the tax year (6 April – 5 April).  They will get a separate P60 for each of their jobs.

They need this P60 to prove how much tax they have paid on their salary, for example:

  • to claim back overpaid tax
  • to apply for tax credits
  • as proof of their income if they apply for a loan or a mortgage

They can check how much tax they paid last year if they think they might have paid too much (https://www.gov.uk/check-income-tax-last-year)

National Insurance Category Letters

HMRCEmployers use an employee’s National Insurance Category Letter when they run payroll to work out how much they both need to contribute.

Most employees have category letter A.  Employees can find their category letter on their payslip.

Category letter Employee group
A All employees apart from those in groups B, C, J, H, M and Z in this table
B Married women and widows entitled to pay reduced National Insurance
C Employees over the State Pension Age
J Employees who can defer National Insurance because they’re already paying it in another job
H Apprentice under 25
M Employees under 21
Z Employees under 21 who can defer National Insurance because they’re already paying it in another job

Category letter X

Employers use category letter X for employees who don’t have to pay National Insurance, for example because they’re under 16.

Payroll: Annual Reporting and Tasks

Image result for PayrollAs an employer running payroll, you need to:

  • report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the previous tax year (which ends on 5 April) and give your employees a P60
  • prepare for the new tax year, which starts on 6 April
  What you need to do   When
Send your final payroll report of the year On or before your employees’ payday
Update employee payroll records From 6 April
Update payroll software From 6 April (or earlier if the software provider asks you to)
Give your employees a P60 By 31 May
Report employee expenses and benefits By 6 July

PAYE and Payroll for Employers

Who We AreCheck what your charity needs to do as an employer before you can take on staff by following these  six essential steps to follow:

  1. Decide what type of employee you need, and check you can afford to take on employees
  2. Make your workplace safe and accessible for employees
  3. Register as an employer and set up PAYE
  4. Check your responsibilities around workplace pensions
  5. Get Employers’ Liability insurance
  6. Recruit and employ staff

You can find out much more here

How to Register as an Employer with HMRC

You normally need to register as an employer with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you start employing staff, or using subcontractors for construction work.

You must register even if you’re only employing yourself, for example as the only director of a limited company.

You must register before the first payday. It usually takes up to 5 days to get your employer PAYE reference number. You can’t register more than 2 months before you start paying people.

If your business starts employing people on or after 6 April, you’ll get your employer PAYE reference number by 17 May.

To pay an employee before you get your employer PAYE reference number, you should:

  1. Run payroll
  2. Store your full payment submission
  3. Send a late full payment submission to HMRC

More information and help can be found here

Informing HMRC about a new employee

You must tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) when you take on a new employee and be registered as an employer.

Before you pay your new starter follow these steps:

  1. Check you need to pay them through PAYE.
  2. Get employee information to work out their tax code – if you don’t have their P45, use HMRC’s ‘starter checklist’ (which replaced the P46).
  3. Find out if they need to repay a student loan.
  4. Use these details to set up your new employee in your payroll software.
  5. Register your employee with HMRC using a Full Payment Submission (FPS).

Further information can be found here

Payroll – End of Year Tasks

As an employer running payroll, you need to:

  • report to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the previous tax year (which ends on 5 April 2017) and give your employees a P60
  • prepare for the new tax year, which starts on 6 April 2017
What you need to do   When
Send your final payroll report of the year   On or before your employees’ payday
Update employee payroll records   From 6 April
Update payroll software   From 6 April
Give your employees a P60   By 31 May
Report employee expenses and benefits   By 6 July

More details can be found here

Payroll End of Year Tasks

PayrollAs the financial year comes to an end on 5th April 2016, it’s time to look at the tasks that employers running a payroll need to complete for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  You need to report to HMRC on the previous tax year (which ends on 5 April), give your employees a P60 and prepare for the new tax year, which starts on 6 April 2016

HERE ARE THE 5 ESSENTIAL TASKS AND TIMESCALE:

What you need to do When
Send your final payroll report of the year On or before your employees’ payday
Update employee payroll records From 6 April
Update payroll software From 6 April
Give your employees a P60 By 31 May
Report employee expenses and benefits By 6 July

For more information detailed click here