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Tailor your courses with our in-house training service

In-house training should be dedicated to the needs of your team so don’t settle for a pre-set programme with topics that may not be relevant.

Our in-house Pick ‘n’ Mix course enables you to tailor your training to meet the demands of your business.

Choose topics, covering 6 hours for each day of tuition, from the list below. The course is run at your organisation’s location and the tutor will contact you before the session to discuss your requirements and make sure they are covered on your bespoke training day.

*£86 + VAT per additional person, tutor travel and subsistence expenses are charged at cost.

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All delegates will benefit from receiving training that will be targeted to their individual needs. All subjects are discussed confidentially within your own business.

A course that will be tailored to your specific needs resulting in a more cohesive team.

Calculating paid annual leave entitlement in a variety of special circumstances (2 hours)

  • Statutory entitlement
  • Pro-rating for new starters and leavers
  • Dealing with part-timers
  • Entitlement while on statutory leave or sick
  • Carrying forward untaken holiday, including the latest European case law

Pensions and auto-enrolment (3 hours)

  • State pension reforms
  • Criteria for qualifying pension schemes
  • Employer obligations
  • Assessing the workforce - Entitled Workers and Jobholders
  • Postponement
  • Opting in and opting out
  • Auto-re-enrolment
  • Penalties and compliance
  • All including an update on the reforms introduced by the Pensions Act 2014

PAYE settlement agreements (1 hour)

  • What are they and when could they be used at your organisation?
  • The restrictions applied by HMRC: - minor - irregular - impractical
  • Record-keeping requirements
  • How to arrange one
  • How to calculate the tax and NI liability using practical examples

Expenses after the demise of Dispensations (3 hours)

  • Dispensations are redundant from April 2016
  • Employers effectively “self-dispensate”
  • What this means for employers
  • Are expenses policies compliant
  • A detailed review of what are allowable and not allowable:
    • Working lunches
    • Difference between ordinary commuting and allowable travel
    • Round sum allowances
    • Hotel costs including Personal Incidental Expenses
    • HMRC advisory mileage rates and employer provided cars

Statutory exemptions from tax and NI (1 hour)

  • Can we help you reduce your expenses and benefits administration even further by using one of the existing Statutory Exemptions?
  • What are they? (There are many more than you think)
  • Their relevance to Salary Sacrifice schemes
  • Most common exemptions and their rules such as:
    • Long service awards
    • Mobile telephones
    • Pool cars
    • Personal incidental expenses (PIEs)
    • Beneficial loans
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Reducing the fuel benefit charge
    • Relocation expenses etc.

Benefits in kind and the Tax and NI implications (1 hour)

  • How to define a benefit in kind
  • Is there a Class 1 or 1A NI liability?
  • The relevance of corporate credit cards to the discussion

Benefits during maternity leave (1 hour)

  • What do employers need to continue to provide employees on maternity or adoption leave?
  • What is the difference between Ordinary and Additional leave?
  • Cash or non-cash benefits
  • What about pension contributions and rights?
  • The impact of salary sacrifice
  • What about Childcare Vouchers?

Statutory Sick Pay (1 hour)

  • The basics of SSP in only one hour
    • Periods of incapacity for work
    • Qualifying days
    • Waiting days
    • Linking
  • Rates of SSP
  • No entitlement and the SSP1
  • Record-keeping requirements

An introduction to paternity leave and pay (0.5 hours)

  • Ordinary paternity leave and pay:
    • Entitlement rules including evidence
    • Calculating pay
    • Recovery
    • What to do if there is no entitlement

An introduction to maternity leave and pay (2.5 hours)

  • Maternity leave:
    • Entitlement rules
    • Keeping in Touch (KIT) days
    • Entitlement to benefits
  • Statutory Maternity Pay:
    • Entitlement rules
    • Calculating pay
    • The ‘Alabaster’ rules on recalculation
    • Recovery
    • What to do if there is no entitlement

Shared Parental Leave and Pay (3 hours)

  • The right to attend ante-natal or pre-adoption appointments?
  • Eligibility for shared parental leave – the 26 week rule
  • Notification required for shared parental leave
  • How much leave can be shared
  • Evidence required
  • Managing the leave taken
  • How flexible does an employer have to be?
  • Level of pay
  • Employee protection
  • Right to return
  • How does the legislation fit in with occupational schemes?
  • Redundancy whilst on Shared Parental Leave
  • Shared Parental Leave In Touch (SPLIT) days
  • Impact on your current policies and procedures at the workplace
  • Impact on salary sacrifice arrangements

An introduction to adoption leave and pay (1.5 hours)

  • Adoption leave: - Entitlement rules - Entitlement to benefits
  • Statutory Adoption Pay:
    • Entitlement rules
    • Calculating pay
    • The effect of ‘Alabaster’ on the recalculations of average earnings
    • Recovery
    • What to do if there is no entitlement

Salary sacrifice (1 hour)

  • What is salary sacrifice?
  • What makes a salary sacrifice acceptable to HMRC?
  • The contractual change
  • Effect or not on overtime, pensionable pay and salary reviews
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Benefits and pitfalls of salary sacrifice
  • Salary sacrifice and statutory leave
  • Common types of schemes:
    • Childcare
    • Pensions
    • Cycles

Parental leave and time off for dependents (0.5 hours)

  • Service requirements
  • Entitlements
  • Payments

Termination payments – an overview (2.0 hours)

  • ITEPA Section 62, 394, 225 or 403, the sequence to determine tax liability
  • Common payments:
    • Redundancy
    • Pay in lieu of notice
    • Garden leave
    • Compromise agreements
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Golden handshakes
  • Reporting requirements

Student loan deductions (0.5 hours)

  • Instructions to commence deductions
  • Instructions to stop deductions
  • Deduction procedures
  • What to do if court orders are in place

An introduction to court orders (2.0 hours)

  • Different types of court orders
  • How deductions are made
  • Priorities if more than one order is held

Deductions from pay (0.5 hours)

  • The Employment Rights Act 1996
  • Lawful and unlawful deductions
    • Statutory
    • Contractual
    • Prior written authority
  • How does Auto-Enrolment impact the legality of the deductions?
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Complaints to a tribunal
  • Recent case law

Working with Real Time Information (RTI) (2 hours)

  • The returns:
    • Full Payment Summary
    • Employer Payment Submission
    • NI Number Verification Request
    • Earlier Year Update
  • Procedures for starters and leavers
  • Changes to personal information
  • Procedures for year end

Overview of PAYE (2 hours)

  • Tax codes
  • Cumulative pay v week1/month1 process
  • The Pay Adjustment
  • The tax bands and rates
  • Simple calculations

Overview of NI (2 hours)

  • The National Insurance number
  • The National Insurance categories and table letters
  • The five NI thresholds
  • Simple to understand calculations using the exact percentage method

Payroll procedures manual (1.5 hours)

  • Every payroll department needs a contingency plan and the payroll procedures manual is a large part of this plan

P11D hotspots (2.0 hours)

  • Employer-provided cars and vans
  • Mileage records
  • Travel and Subsistence
  • Home workers
  • Official interest rates
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Childcare voucher provision

New approach to compliance checks (1 hour)

  • HMRC guidance
  • Key features of new approach
  • New powers
  • The key areas of risk in compliance visits

Employment status (1 hour)

  • HMRC approach to Employment Status
  • Employed v self-employed
  • Temporary agency workers
  • Workers’ rights
  • Cost of getting it wrong

Fraud and disaster prevention (1.5 hours)

  • Auditing procedures
  • Disaster prevention
  • Planning the unexpected
  • Risk assessment

The aim of our Pick ‘n’ Mix course is to deliver a fully bespoke in-house programme. If you have training needs outside of the topics listed here, please call us and we’ll be pleased to discuss your requirements.

"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service