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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

September 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.

Manual Handling

It is important that if your P.A. is involved in any manual handling or transferring that they have had training and that there is a clear safe method of work.  If you are unsure you can contact an Occupational Therapist on 01325 406884 for an assessment. Failure to have a safe method of work could invalidate your insurance.

Payroll Hours

Below are the payroll dates for the remainder of the year. Please note that it is important that you ring in your payroll hours on the Monday and do not rely on our courtesy call as a prompt. If you wish, you can ring in with your hours before the Monday. Please remember to tell us about any holiday or sick pay.

Payroll dates for 2015

1st September - this is a Tuesday due to the Bank Holiday on the 31st August - please call in on Friday 28th August 2015 if possible.
28th September
26th October
23rd November
*14th December*

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.