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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

October 2014

We send an Employer Bulletin with every payroll that we process. The bulletin provides 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.

National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage rate has changed from the 1st October 2014. This means that anyone that works for you must be earning a minimum of £6.50 an hour if they are aged 21 and over. If you would like any further information or support with this please contact us.

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.

Skills for Care - Training grants

If you employ your own care and support staff, you can apply for a grant from Skills for Care to pay for training for you and your personal assistant. The type of training you could use the money for is:

• being a good employer/boss
• health and social care qualifications
• food hygiene and nutrition
• emergency first aid
• communication skills
• condition specific awareness like dementia, stroke, autism, spinal injuries.

To find out more and to apply, visit the Individual Employer Funding page on the Skills for Care Website. The money is available until 27th February 2015 and any course and qualifications must be paid for and started by the 31st March 2015. If you would like any support you with this then please get in touch.

Auto Enrolment

Every employer now has a legal duty to help their workers save for their retirement. Employers must enrol certain workers (depending on their age, working hours and pay) into a qualifying workplace pension scheme and make contributions towards it. This will come into force for many of you in 2016 / 2017. The Pensions Regulator will write to you approximately 18 months before you need to start doing this - when you receive a letter from them please let us know as soon as possible.