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Every Monday, HR-inform is publishing an article briefly outlining some of the biggest developments of the last week that organisations should be aware of.

 

Increase to NI from April 2022

The Government has announced plans to increase National Insurance payments by 1.25% from April 2022. Employers will need to prepare their payroll teams for these changes and communicate the impact on take-home pay to staff. From April 2023, the increase must appear as a separate deduction on payslips as a “levy” and will be extended to working pensioners.

Consultation launched into compulsory vaccine for NHS staff

A consultation has been launched into making Covid and/or flu vaccines mandatory for all frontline health and care staff. This is expected to last for 6 weeks and if approved would mean all staff who are in contact with people receiving care would need to show proof of vaccination, unless they are medically exempt. It’s expected there would be a higher focus on redeployment to back-office roles for employees who don’t get the vaccine.

Judicial review into care home mandatory vaccine

There have been no new updates on the judicial review into mandatory vaccinations in care homes. However, some critics are saying that the introduction of the new consultation increases the likelihood that the regulations will be in place and potentially extended.

Deadline for Covid first dose for care home staff

The deadline for care home workers to get their first Covid vaccine is this week, 16th September. This allows for 8 weeks, until 11th November, for them to be fully vaccinated or risk losing their job/being redeployed.

Covid passports for large events

England is not going to move ahead with having Covid passports for large events; this should help employers with staffing levels and customer demand. However, Scotland is still planning to introduce these from 1st October. Employers should prepare their teams on how to manage this and consider having clear policies on 3rd-party harassment, in case there is any push-back from customers.