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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

July 2015

The purpose of the monthly bulletin is to provide you with general information around your employer responsibilities but will change from time to time as and when legislation does so it is important that you read it each month. We are here to help, so if you have any queries please contact us.

Auto Enrolment

We have been advising employers to expect a letter from The Pensions Regulator for some time and to forward the letter to us if you would like our support. We will be writing to each employer shortly detailing how we can support you. If you have received a letter from The Pensions Regulator, it is important that you take action as soon as you receive the letter and do not ignore it.
If you would like our support then please forward the letter on to us as soon as possible. If you are unsure about whether you have sent your letter to us then please give us a call and we will check for you.

Standard Hours

If your payroll hours are the same every month and only change to account for holiday hours and sickness then our Standard Hours service may help you. We will automatically process the same hours for your PA’s every payroll period so you will only need to ring in if the hours need to change. For more information please contact us.
If you already use our Standard Hours service, please remember to let us know if there are any changes to your payroll such as holiday pay and sickness.


When renewing your employer’s liability insurance, we would always recommend you take out the enhanced cover which provides you with employment law advice.

Holidays for employees

You must give your employees the opportunity to take paid holidays. They are entitled to 5.6 weeks off a year, this includes bank holidays. We can support you with calculating your employee’s holiday entitlement.

Contract of Employment

You need to have a contract of employment for every person you employ. This is an agreement between you and your employee and gives details of employment rights, responsibilities and duties. This should be provided within two months from when they start to work for you. Both yourself and your employee should have a signed copy of the contract. You should contact your insurer’s Employment Law Advisor for further advice or you can contact us at the Support Service.

Real Time Information

Each time we process your payroll we have to submit the information to HMRC. It is your responsibility to ensure that the information we hold for each of your employees is correct and up to date. If an employee changes address or their name, please let us know as soon as possible. When you ring in your employee’s hours please let us know if it is their final pay.