Discover recent payroll industry news and our latest company updates.

activpayroll Welcomes New Information Security Officer

As part of activpayroll’s continued expansion and to champion the focus and commitment to its information security requirements, Fiona Kelly has recently joined the team, taking up the position of Information Security Officer.

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UK: Further Revisions to the Job Support Scheme Announced

On Thursday 22nd October, the Chancellor announced a further extension to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) and the level of government support available to businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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activpayroll Appoints Nick Southwell as Chief Financial Officer

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Southwell as Chief Financial Officer.

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UK: Thousands Unable to Access a National Insurance Number

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people with the right to work in the UK have been unable to get a National Insurance number.

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Two Global Payroll Awards

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2020 Global Payroll Awards.

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activpayroll and e-days partner to strengthen global offering

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has partnered with global absence management provider, e-days to form a comprehensive winning formula.

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Jamaica: Updates to Tax Reporting Process

Jamaica recently introduced new versions of its P45 and S01 tax forms to improve the reporting process: what should employers know?

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Australia: Income Tax Relief Passes Parliament

Just days after being announced in the Federal Budget, nearly $50 billion in business and personal income tax cuts have been passed by Parliament with the support of the opposition.

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Is Less More? Towards A 4 Day Work Week

The global pandemic is encouraging employers to embrace disruptive trends, including a radical new approach to the work week.

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Working Together, Apart: Why Remote Work Could Energize Your Business

Remote work has the potential to change not only millions of US businesses, but the shape of the employment landscape.

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Understanding Brazil’s eSocial System

Employers in Brazil must use the eSocial system to submit employee tax and social security information to the authorities: how does the system work?

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UAE Decree: Equal Pay for Women in the Private Sector

A presidential decree mandating equal pay for women in the private sector has come into effect in the United Arab Emirates.

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Have You Met Andreea Condrea?

Get to know our Commercial & Contracts Manager based in activpayroll's Aberdeen, Scotland HQ.

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Sweden: Temporary Reduction in Employer Contributions for 19 – 23-Year-Olds

The government has proposed a temporary reduction in employer contributions from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023 for those aged 19 – 23 years old.

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Thailand: 2020 Changes to Withholding Tax

Thailand has implemented changes to its withholding tax rates as a way to support businesses during the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Vietnam Resumes Commercial Flights

With the resumption of commercial flights, Vietnam is taking steps towards opening up after a period of Covid-19 lockdown.

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Singapore’s Jobs Support Scheme: What Employers Need to Know

Singapore’s coronavirus Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) has been extended into 2021, find out how to apply to JSS payments below.

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UK Winter Economy Plan Explained

Summary of everything you need to know about the UK's Winter Economy Plan.

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Singapore to Offer Jobs Growth Incentive From 2021

From next year, eligible firms in Singapore will begin to receive financial support from the Jobs Growth Incentive scheme.

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activpayroll Receives Double CIPP Award Nomination

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for two awards at the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards 2020.

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activpayroll Appoints Steve Callaghan as Non-Executive Director and Chairman

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Callaghan to its Board of Directors.

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What Trump’s Payroll Tax Holiday Really Means for US Taxpayers

In August, an executive order was signed by President Trump providing a ‘payroll tax holiday’ for workers across the United States. The order was implemented on 1 September and is due to last until 31 December 2020. Guidance on the matter has been vague and has left many taxpayers wondering, is it simply a loan that will have to paid back later on?

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Transitioning Back to Office Life in the US: Is Your Business Ready?

The five questions you need to answer if you want to know if your business is ready to start bringing people back to work.

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Australia Coronavirus JobKeeper Payment

Australian businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis may be eligible for the extended JobKeeper Payment scheme.

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Working from Home Overseas – Is It Possible?

If your employer allows you to work from home, are you allowed to do that work from a different country?

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activpayroll Sponsors Charlie House Rotary Raffle 2020

As a corporate sponsor of Charlie House for three years now, activpayroll is delighted to be sponsoring the Rotary Clubs of Aberdeen & District annual raffle, with all funds raised going directly to Charlie House.

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activpayroll Becomes Heriot-Watt University Football Club Sponsor

activpayroll is delighted to announce its new partnership with Heriot-Watt University Football Club (HWUFC) as the main club sponsor for the next three seasons.

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Australia: Payroll Industry Welcomes High Court’s Decision Regarding Personal/Carer’s Leave

On Thursday 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia granted appeals by Mondelez International and the Australian Government concerning the entitlement to personal/carer’s leave in the Mondelez v AMWU case.

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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Issues Updated Medical Disability Form

The revenue service of the South African government, SARS, has recently amended and published an updated ITR-DD form.

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Alison Sellar Recognised in the 2020 Reward 300

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has been recognised in the 2020 Reward 300, a prestigious list of outstanding industry leaders and influencers in the payroll, reward and HR industry.

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Hong Kong Set to Extend Statutory Maternity Leave

The Legislative Council of Hong Kong (LegCo) has passed the bill to extend statutory maternity leave from 10 weeks to 14 weeks.

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Covid-19 Travel and Global Mobility Issues

Find out how we can assist with global mobility and payroll issues concerning employees having to work or stay in their "home country".

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Denmark Coronavirus Support: New Corporate Tax Measures

The Danish Ministry of Taxation has announced additional coronavirus tax support measures to help businesses secure their cash flow.

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Denmark Coronavirus Support: Tax Measures for Mobile Employees

The Danish government has passed a new law that offers tax relief for mobile workers staying within Denmark as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Singapore: Polling Day Announced as a Public Holiday

In accordance with Section 35 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, Polling Day, taking place on Friday 10 July 2020, shall be a public holiday in Singapore.

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Italy: New Measures Introduced to Help Reduce the “Tax Wedge”

As of 1 July 2020, the credit for dependents and assimilated work provided by the so-called “80-euro bonus” has been cancelled. New tax measures have been introduced and aim to reduce the “tax wedge” in Italy.

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Australia: Coronavirus Support for SMEs

The Australian government has introduced support measures to help SMEs deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Denmark Coronavirus Support: Tax Concerns for Denmark-Sweden Commuters

As part of its Covid-19 response, the Danish Tax Authority has released guidelines for cross-border commuters between Denmark and Sweden.

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Denmark Coronavirus Support: Tax Withholding Extensions

The Danish Tax Authorities have extended the dates by which businesses must make their tax withholding payments.

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Have you Met James Paton?

Get to know our UK Payroll Delivery Manager based in the Aberdeen HQ.

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South Africa Coronavirus Support Q&A

South Africa has introduced tax relief measures to support employers and employees during the coronavirus crisis.

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activpayroll win Best Payments and Collections Solution Award

On the 8th June 2020, activpayroll was announced the winner of the Best Payments and Collections Solution by The Asset Triple A Asian Awards 2020.

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Understanding The Importance of Your Global Mobility Strategy

To ensure efficiency, accuracy and compliance across international payroll environments, how should your organisation implement global mobility?

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The 183 Day Rule – Fact or Fiction?

In these unprecedented times across all industry sectors, the movement of employees around the globe is “on hold”. However, when restrictions on travel are lifted, employee mobilisations will be sure to increase.

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UK: Furlough Scheme Key Dates

Making you aware of some important dates relating to the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Hong Kong’s Coronavirus Employment Support Scheme: What You Need to Know

Employers should understand how the government of Hong Kong is helping businesses retain employees during the coronavirus crisis.

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Malaysian Tax Issues for Expats

If you’re an expat working in Malaysia, don’t get caught out by the country’s income tax rules and regulations.

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International Social Security in The Wake of Brexit

The UK’s transition out of the European Union has raised important questions about global mobility and where globally mobile individuals should contribute to social security whilst on an overseas assignment.

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UK: Furlough Scheme Updates for July, August and Beyond

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced more detailed updates and key dates regarding the UK Furlough Scheme.

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UK: Time to Review PSA Deadlines

Reminding companies with a PSA in place to review their agreement to determine what deadline date HMRC have set for submitting the return.

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Italy Enacts “Urgent” Coronavirus Employment Support Legislation

Employers in Italy should make sure they are familiar with the new measures and how they can apply the financial support that they offer.

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Singapore Fortitude Budget

Unveiling how the Fortitude Budget will support Singaporean businesses and workers.

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UK: P11D Filing Deadline Approaching

Reminding you that P11D forms must be filed by 6th July 2020 and that we are here to help.

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The UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: What Do Employers Need To Know?

Summary of what employers need to know about the UK's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how we can help.

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UK: Government raises Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Government has extended maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50 million to £200 million.

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UK: Government Extends Furlough Scheme Until October

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October.

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Colombia: New Subsidy to Help Businesses Continue Paying Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

On 5 May 2020, President Iván Duque declared a second state of emergency in order to support sectors of the economy that will remain closed for an extended period of time to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Colombia: Temporary Changes to the Pension System During COVID-19 Pandemic

On 15 April 2020, President Iván Duque issued Decree 558, implementing new measures to temporarily decrease the percentage paid to the General Pension System, in order to lower the benefit burden on businesses and employees.

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UK: HMRC Urges Customers to Check If They Are Eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

HMRC has started contacting customers who they think could be eligible for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), based on the information customers provided in their 2018 to 2019 tax return.

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Vietnam: Financial Assistance Issued for Employees and Employers

On 9 April 2020, the Government of Vietnam passed Resolution No. 42/NQ-CP (Resolution 42) to help employees and businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Scotland Prepares for Economic Recovery

The Scottish Government have announced the second phase of small business grants.

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UK: Statutory Parental Pay for Furloughed Employees

Guidance on how employers should calculate Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) for statutory payments for furloughed employees due to take periods of family-related leave.

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UK: Updates for Employers on How to Claim Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

The recent guide on ‘how to work out 80% of your employees’ wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)' has been updated with information specifically focusing on ‘how to claim’.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Payments

HMRC issued an email to employers and agents on the 27th April regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments.

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Hong Kong: Government Releases Package of Measures to Support Workers and Businesses Affected by Coronavirus

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) has taken some remarkable steps to deal with the affects of the coronavirus pandemic, costing so far, a total of HK$287.5 billion.

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India: Clarification on TDS for Employees Under New Tax Regime

On 13 April 2020, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) announced in a circular that employees in India will be allowed to choose between the old and new tax regimes only once in a financial year for the purpose of tax deduction at source by employers.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - No National Insurance Number

With many payroll professionals raising questions regarding furloughed employees who do not have a National Insurance number, HMRC have now provided clarity around this.

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UK: New Announcements relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC have issued new updates regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

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Malaysia: Socso Announces Employer Application for Wage Subsidy

The Social Security Organisation (Socso) in Malaysia has advised that employers must cooperate by submitting forms for the Wage Subsidy Scheme with complete details to speed up the approval process.

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Alison Cycles for the NHS

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, is preparing to take on a three-day charity cycle, covering over 300km and all from her own home.

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activpayroll Joins Ultimate Software’s UltiPro® Connect Partners Program

activpayroll announced today that it has joined Ultimate Software’s UltiPro Connect Partners program.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Now Live

On 20 April 2020, the online Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live. The government pay scheme has been set up to keep staff on the payroll despite not working due to the virus.

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UK: Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Extended to Employees Who Are ‘Shielding’

On 16 April 2020, new regulations came into affect that will benefit those who are ‘shielding’ due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Update

This news article covers the highlights announced in the Treasury Direction regarding updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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Germany: Short-Time Work (Kurzarbeit) During Covid-19 Crisis

To protect German businesses and their employees against the economic impact of Covid-19, the federal government has introduced a package of measures designed to soften the effects of the current pandemic. One of the key measures is the increased flexibility of short-time work compensation, making it simpler and quicker to access.

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Germany: Workers' Rights and Responsibilities During Covid-19 Outbreak

On 1 April 2020, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs released updated guidelines regarding the rights and responsibilities of workers in Germany during the Covid-19 outbreak. Read our Q&A for everything you need to know.

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Italy: Suspension of Tax and Social Security Payments for Businesses

Italy has suspended all payments related to VAT, withholding taxes on employees, social and welfare contributions and mandatory insurances in a bid to help businesses that are struggling to survive the affects of Covid-19.

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UK: Temporary Changes to the Statutory Residence Test

The Chancellor has outlined temporary changes to the Statutory Residence Test for those coming to the country to work on COVID-19 related activity.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to Launch on 20 April 2020

HMRC has confirmed the launch date for the reclaiming wages under the CJRS.

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Singapore: Advisories and Legal Updates for Employers Regarding Covid-19

A string of new measures has been released across Singapore, these include updates for those with a second job arrangement, a telecommuting reminder and support for SMEs affected by coronavirus.

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UK: Recovery of Benefit Overpayment Suspended

The Department for Work and Pensions has temporarily paused the recovery of benefit overpayments for three months.

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Canada: Emergency Wage Subsidy Introduced

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been introduced to help businesses keep their employees on payroll during the coronavirus outbreak.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Updated Guidance

On 4th April 2020, many of the questions raised by payroll professionals around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme were addressed.

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UK: Update to HMRC’s Statutory Sick Pay Guidance to Include Self-Isolation

Update to HMRC’s SSP Guidance to Include Self-Isolation.

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UK: Reclaiming Employee’s Coronavirus Related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

The below guide will help employers find out if they can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to reclaim SSP related to coronavirus.

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UK: Collection of Direct Earning Attachment Orders Issued by the Department of Work and Pension Suspended

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) has published some important information regarding DEAs.

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UK: National Minimum Wage Increases

On 1st April 2020, the UK National Minimum Wage increased by 6.2%.

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Malaysia: Statutory and Financial Aid Impact to Employers and Employees During Covid-19 Crisis

On 27 March 2020, the new Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced the economic stimulus package. Valued at RM250bil, the package will benefit all Malaysians working in the country.

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France: Partial Activity During Covid-19 Pandemic

On 26 March 2020, a new Decree was published providing new conditions in order for employers to benefit from help for partial activity during the Covid-19 crisis.

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ACTIVPAYROLL STATEMENT: MANAGING OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS IN SINGAPORE

In accordance with the Singapore Government’s advisory on safe distancing measures in the workplace, to reduce the risk of local spread of COVID-19, our entire Singapore workforce is now working remotely.

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UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Employers - 31 March 2020

This guide highlights all the recent updates of interest to employers.

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Singapore Supplementary Budget 2020

On 26 March 2020, the Singapore Supplementary Budget (also known as the Singapore Resilience Budget) was delivered. The budget includes revised Government revenue and expenditure plans, complements the Unity Budget and the measures taken to manage the economic and social impact of COVID-19.

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UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Self-Employed

This news article highlights all the government updates regarding COVID-19 for self-employed individuals in the United Kingdom.

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The Impact of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions on Internationally Mobile Employees

As the UK begins to face the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, events and guidance are rapidly changing, especially when it comes to travel restrictions.

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UK: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme & HMRC Helpline

Introducing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the HMRC COVID-19 Helpline to assist businesses.

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Czech Republic: Tax Relief Measures in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic (MFČR) has extended the deadline for filing tax returns in order to help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting Suspended

The Coronavirus outbreak has led to gender pay gap reporting deadlines to be suspended for this year.

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Lithuania: Tax Relief for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The Lithuanian Government and tax authorities have introduced tax relief measures in order to help individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Australia: Federal and State Help for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

During these uncertain times, the Federal and State governments are implementing measures in order to help businesses affected by COVID-19.

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ACTIVPAYROLL STATEMENT: MANAGING OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

activpayroll has responded to UK Government advice with the entire UK workforce now working remotely.

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USA: President Trump Signs Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

On 18 March 2020, President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” after it was approved by the Senate.

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UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Employers and Employees

This guide highlights all the government updates regarding COVID-19 for employers and employees in the United Kingdom.

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USA: IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline as Coronavirus Spread Intensifies

On 21 March 2020, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the federal income tax filing date is automatically extended from 15 April 2020 to 15 July 2020.

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Italy Coronavirus: Economic Support Actions for Families, Workers and Businesses

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Italy has published new measures regarding the administration of staff in the private sector.

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Cyprus: COVID-19 Measures for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

The Cypriot Government has revealed a series of measures aimed at assisting small and medium sized businesses address the adverse effects of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Lithuania: Coronavirus Measures for Business

Lithuania is implementing measures to protect its businesses and economy against the spread of coronavirus: what do employers need to know?

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Malaysia Enacts Sweeping Coronavirus Measures

As Southeast Asia continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, Malaysia has implemented a range of far-reaching measures.

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IR35 Reforms Postponed for a Year in Wake of Coronavirus

Chief Treasury Secretary Steve Barclay has announced that IR35 tax reforms will be delayed for a year to help freelancers during the Coronavirus crisis.

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Poland Closes Schools to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

As Europe deals with the coronavirus outbreak, Poland has closed its schools and universities.

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Italy Coronavirus Provisions for Business

Italy has introduced protective measures to help businesses mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ireland: Income Support for Those Affected by COVID-19

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has introduced major changes to provide income support to those affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Poland: Changes to Labour and Social Security Laws

2020 saw updates to Poland’s labour, tax, and social security landscape: what are the key changes?

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Denmark: Coronavirus Measures for Payroll

As it deals with the coronavirus outbreak, the Danish government has announced a range of measures for payroll.

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Vietnam Introduces Updated Labour Code

Vietnam’s government has finalised amendments to its Labour Code: what are the key changes?

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UK Coronavirus Proposed Sick Pay Changes

With the rapid spread of coronavirus, the UK government has announced that it will introduce new statutory sick pay rules.

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Have you Met Euan Grant?

Get to know the our International Payments Manager based in the Aberdeen HQ.

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Denmark Transitioning Between Holiday Systems

Denmark is in an interim period during which the way employees accrue their holiday allowance will change.

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Australia Underpayment Problems

Two of Australia’s largest retail companies have blamed payroll software errors for widespread employee underpayments.

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Australia: Changes to Personal/Carer’s Leave and Introduction of Annualised Leave

After a recent court decision, Australia has changed the way personal/carer’s leave is accrued, while March 2020 also sees the introduction of annualised salaries for modern award employees.

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India: Budget 2020

India’s state budget for 2020-21 has been announced: businesses should prepare for the tax measures that it introduces.

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Singapore: Budget 2020

Singapore’s 2020 Budget focuses on a range of short and long-term measures to help manage a changing economy.

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USA Form W-4 Update: What You Need to Know

The IRS has redesigned Form W-4 and issued new guidance for completing it: what do employers and employees need to know?

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Brazil INSS Benefits Adjustment

In 2020, the Brazilian government made changes to its social security contribution rates, and to the amount of benefits paid out to employees.

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Off-Payroll Working Rules (‘IR35’) from April 2020

To increase compliance with the existing off-payroll working rules (often known as IR35), medium and large organisations in all sectors of the economy will become responsible for assessing the employment status of individuals who work for them through their own limited company.

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Changes to the UK Employment Allowance

The eligibility rules for the UK’s Employment Allowance are about to change: what do UK employers need to know?

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Singapore Tax Season 2020: What You Need to Know

Singapore’s tax filing season is around the corner: taxpayers should make sure they understand the tax return process.

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Dubai Introduces End of Service Savings Plan

Dubai recently amended its DIFC employment legislation to introduce a new employee end-of-service savings plan: what should employers know?

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Singapore Coronavirus Response

Singapore’s government is adjusting its response to the coronavirus outbreak with consequences for businesses and individuals across the city.

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Sweden: Understand the Payroll Basics

Sweden’s tax and social security landscape involves a range of payroll regulations: if you’re an employer in Sweden, read our FAQ to get to grips with the basics.

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Turkey: Combined Tax & SSI Declarations Introduced

Turkey recently combined its tax return and social security declaration process: what should employers know about the new system?

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China Virus Business Update

activpayroll would like to provide customers and partners with an update on the situation in China and assure that operations have not been affected.

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activpayroll secures investment from UK private equity firm Tenzing

Aberdeen headquartered global payroll specialist, activpayroll today announces a significant growth investment by Tenzing Private Equity.

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Australia: Tax Regulations for Significant Global Entities

In Australia, businesses classed as significant global entities face increased penalties for noncompliance with tax regulations…

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Malaysia 2020 Minimum Wage

Minimum wages for employees in Malaysia’s towns and cities will soon change: make sure your payroll is ready.

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Belgium Decides 2020 Salary Indexation

Belgium’s JIC has decided on its 2020 salary adjustment: employers should make the necessary changes to their payrolls immediately.

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activpayroll Celebrates 2019 Charity Success

This year the activpayroll team has been busy taking part in several challenges to raise vital funds for five deserving charities, successfully raising over £13,000.

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UK Holiday Pay Changes in 2020

The UK’s holiday pay reference period for variable working hours will change in 2020: what do employers need to know?

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Australia to Introduce New Annualised Salary Requirements

Annualised salary clauses will come into effect in Australia next year: what do employers need to know?

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Republic of Ireland 2020 Payroll and Tax Update

From PAYE modernisation to the latest budget, employers in Ireland should prepare for Ireland’s 2020 payroll and tax schedule.

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Taiwan’s 2020 Minimum Wage Increase

Taiwan’s minimum wage will change in 2020: employers should ensure they understand the changes and how they will affect payroll.

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activpayroll Helps Spread Christmas Cheer Around the Globe

This Christmas, activpayroll is helping spread festive cheer across six of its international offices, ensuring no child goes without food or a gift this Christmas morning.

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Brexit Update: Customs Declarations and Changes for Employees

To prepare for Brexit, HMRC has announced funding initiatives to train customs agents; meanwhile, UK employees working in the EU will also experience Brexit changes.

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Have You Met James Forgie?

Get to know the Project Manager of activpayroll's Isle of Man office

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Prepare for Belgium’s 2020 Social Elections

With the dates set for Belgium’s next social elections, it’s time for businesses to begin their preparations.

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HMRC Payroll & Tax Update

The new tax year is approaching and HMRC has issued an update on incoming changes to the UK’s payroll and tax system.

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Australia Closes Salary Sacrifice Superannuation Loophole

The Australian government has closed a loophole in the way employers contribute to their employees’ superannuation funds.

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HMRC Prepares Private Sector for Off-Payroll Working Rules

With new tax rules for contract workers on the horizon, HMRC is helping UK employers prepare.

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Cambodia Reduces Public Holidays in 2020

The Cambodian government has axed a number of public holidays in 2020: employers should prepare for the change.

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activpayroll Expands Operations with Opening of Dubai Office

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has announced the official launch of its new Dubai office.

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Tax Hike Prompts Rise in Japanese Rail Fares

Recent changes to Japan’s tax system have impacted the country’s train fares - commuters and employers should adjust to the rise in fares.

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Japan Raises Consumption Tax: What Businesses Need To Know

Japan has raised its consumption tax, but not all goods and services have been affected in the same way.

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Double Award Nomination for activpayroll

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, has been shortlisted for the ‘Global Payroll Award’ and ‘Best Leader Award’ at The Rewards 2019.

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Have You Met Elle Crawford?

Get to know our EMEA Payroll Delivery Assistant Manager, Elle Crawford.

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Autumn Charity Update

So far this year, activpayroll has raised over £12,566 for five different charities. The last three months has seen the team complete various events in aid of Animal Rescue Organisation, Friends of Anchor, Charlie House and St Columba’s Hospice.

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Australia: Federal Court Reaches Personal/Carer Leave Decision

A recent Federal Court decision has changed the way employers calculate personal/carer’s leave for their employees. Here is the latest guidance from FWO who are still reviewing and updating their advice in light of this decision.

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Australia: Changes to Phone and Internet Fringe Benefits

The ATO has updated its guidelines on how employers should report the value of phone and internet fringe benefits.

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New Paid Family Leave Rules for Massachusetts Employers

Employees in Massachusetts will soon receive paid family and medical leave: what do employers need to know?

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New Dubai Employment Law Introduces Significant Changes

Dubai’s latest employment law overhauls the previous regime and focuses on employee benefits - what are the key changes?

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Singapore Regulator Issues NRIC Data Protection Reminder

Employers in Singapore should review their data protection and verification processes to ensure compliance with new NRIC guidelines.

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Implementing Singapore’s New NRIC Advisory Guidelines

New rules are in effect for the way businesses in Singapore collect and store National Registration Identity Card information: what do employers need to know?

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activpayroll Receives Triple Award Nomination

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for three awards at the CIPP Annual Excellence Awards 2019.

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South Africa Overtime Explained

South Africa’s overtime laws can be a complex payroll proposition: employers and employees should understand their obligations.

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activpayroll Journey to ISO 27001 Certification

activpayroll officially achieved ISO 27001 certification on the 12th August 2019.

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Breaking Down the Tanzania Finance Act 2019

Tanzania’s 2019 Budget puts a variety of tax adjustments on the agenda, including tax relief for smaller businesses.

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India’s Payroll Challenges

A thriving international business hub, India’s tax and social security landscape holds its fair share of challenges for payroll departments.

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Preparing For The Danish Holiday Act

Denmark has changed the way employees can take holidays and receive holiday pay: what should employers know?

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Poland Exempts Young Workers From Income Tax

Under new rules, Polish workers under the age of 26 will soon receive a significant income tax benefit.

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Egypt Makes Changes to Social Security Contributions

In 2019, Egypt made a number of changes to its social security system: what should employers and payroll teams know?

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Have you Met Jay Chidgey?

Get to know our Regional Director - Africa, Jay. Find out about his role in our Cape Town office, how he got into the payroll industry and his greatest achievements.

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activpayroll Charity Update 2019

From jumping out of planes in St Andrews, Scotland to holding food drives in Venice, Florida, the activpayroll team has been busy supporting some brilliant charities.

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Belgium’s Flexible Parental Leave Law Introduced

Belgium is taking a more flexible approach to parental leave: how will employees benefit and what do employers need to know?

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DC Paid Family Leave: What You Need To Know

The District of Columbia is introducing a new system of employee leave benefits: employers should prepare their payroll departments now.

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Changes to the Netherlands’ 30% Tax Rule

Expatriate employees in the Netherlands benefit from a special tax regime: in 2019 the rules for implementing that regime have changed.

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Alison Sellar Recognised in the 2019 Reward 300

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has been recognised in the 2019 Reward 300, a prestigious list of outstanding industry leaders and influencers in the payroll and reward industry.

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Beijing’s Monthly Minimum Wage Increased

The minimum wage rate in Beijing is set to rise again: what should businesses with employees in China expect?

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Australia End of Financial Year - Key Info

As Australia prepares for the first end of financial year event with STP, whereby Payment Summaries may not be issued, here is a snap shot of what employers and employees need to know.

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Philippines Maternity Leave Law Expanded

A change in the law has expanded maternity leave rights for mothers in the Philippines: what should employers know?

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Malaysia Expands Employment Injury Scheme

Malaysia’s Employment Injury Scheme now applies to the country’s foreign workers: employers must adapt their payroll to the new rules...

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Hong Kong Introduces Pension Contribution Tax Incentive

To encourage retirement planning, Hong Kong has introduced new legislation which delivers tax incentives for voluntary pension contributions.

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activpayroll CEO announced Scotland EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen has been shortlisted for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – Scotland.

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Belgium’s Mobility Budget Gets the Green Light

Employers in Belgium now have the option of offering employees a mobility budget instead of a company car: how does the new scheme work?

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Australia: Guidance on Notice of Termination

Regulations govern the way employers in Australia must issue notices of termination to their employees: what do you need to know?

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Triple Award Nomination for activpayroll

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for three awards at the Global Payroll Awards 2019.

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Belgium Introduces New Reporting and Withholding Laws

Employers must comply with new income tax rules relating to remuneration granted to their employees from foreign affiliated companies.

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activpayroll Prepares to Race for Abandoned and Neglected Animals

On Saturday 6 April 2019, the Cape Town activpayroll team will take part in the first of three demanding challenges this year to support Animal Rescue Organisation.

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Employers in Belgium May Consider Bonuses for Employees

As wage negotiations continue, employers in Belgium could consider the possibility of granting bonuses to their employees.

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Are You Ready for India’s New Tax Year?

India’s Finance Bill has been signed into law - with the new tax year looming, employers need to prepare their payrolls for its effects.

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Getting Ready for the UK’s New Tax Year

The UK’s last budget introduced a range of economic measures which will start to kick in with the 2019 tax year.

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Have You Met Jessica Crawford?

Get to know the Senior Global Payroll Coordinator of activpayroll’s Americas Region.

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Opportunities in Norway event

Activity within the oil and gas, building and construction industries in Norway is increasing rapidly, therefore creating great opportunities for companies to do business.

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Maggie’s Mexican Fundraiser Proves Real Fiesta

On Saturday 2nd March, over 130 women attended the Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen for ‘Fizz Fiesta’, a Mexican themed ladies-only afternoon organised by activpayroll.

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USA: Changes to Moving Expenses Deduction

US employees who move for work-related purposes must get to grips with new tax rules for the expenses they incur.

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Exploring South Africa’s 2019 Budget

South Africa’s 2019 budget emphasised strategies for tackling the economic challenges that lie ahead.

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Australia: Changes to Company Tax Rate for Small Businesses

Legislation has changed the requirements for the concessional company tax rate in Australia: what should small business employers know?

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Breaking Down the Singapore Budget 2019

Singapore’s 2019 budget includes a range of tax measures which both employers and employees should welcome.

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Double Award Win for activpayroll

On Thursday 28th February 2019, activpayroll was announced the winner of ‘Export Business of the Year’ and ‘Director of the Year’ at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

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New Zealand: Preparing for Mandatory Payday Filing

With the Payday Filing deadline looming for New Zealand employers, now is the time to make sure your business is prepared.

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Ireland: Introduction of New Controlled Foreign Company Rules

Ireland has taken steps to prevent foreign businesses gaining an unfair tax advantage - how do the new rules work?

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The Innovation Box: Rewarding Innovation in Poland

A new tax incentive has been introduced to help businesses in Poland conduct innovative research and development in 2019.

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activpayroll Singapore Run for Hope

On Sunday 17th February, the Singapore activpayroll team joined over 6,000 people from various walks of life to take part in Run for Hope Singapore 2019.

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The Impact of Brexit on Short Term Business Visitors (STBV)

With the world becoming an ever-increasingly mobile place for employment and business purposes, Brexit brings to the front one consideration for global companies, that of Short Term Business Visitors or STBV.

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Legislation Makes Single Touch Payroll Mandatory for all Australian Businesses

Small businesses across Australia should take steps to adjust to the imminent Single Touch Payroll deadline.

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Greece Minimum Wage Hikes Hint At End of Austerity

With the introduction of new minimum wage rates, employers in Greece should adjust to an economic environment designed to stimulate growth.

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Three Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2019 Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

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activpayroll launches new Short-Term Business Visitors (STBV) solution

activpayroll’s Global Mobility Division is delighted to announce the launch of an additional online functionality within its activ8 technology platform which will help streamline the data gathering and reporting processes for organisations with a Short-Term Business Visitors (STBV) Population.

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Adjustment to Taiwan’s Occupational Accident Labor Protection Insurance

Contribution rates to Taiwan’s labour protection insurance scheme have changed: employers should adjust their payrolls accordingly...

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Cyprus Prepares For the National Health Insurance System

Employers in Cyprus must adjust to changes in the Social Insurance Fund - and to the introduction of the National Health Insurance System…

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activpayroll Appoints New Board Member

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of Lawson Brackpool to its Board of Directors.

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2018 Charity Success at activpayroll

From skydives to cycling hundreds of miles, activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist has successfully raised £16,683.50 this year for four Scottish charities through a range of challenges and fundraising initiatives.

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Contribution Increases on the Horizon for UK Pensions

Minimum contributions for workplace pension schemes in the UK will rise in 2019, employers should understand their responsibilities.

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Malaysia Budget 2019

Malaysia’s 2019 budget promises a number of financial and socio-economic reforms, and a boost for entrepreneurs…

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PAYE Modernisation Ireland: What to Expect

Ireland’s PAYE Modernisation project will soon come into effect: how will the reforms affect employers and the payroll process?

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Scottish Budget 2019: Spending Measures & Income Tax Freeze

Scotland’s 2019 Budget has been announced: what should taxpayers know about its key tax and spending measures?

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UK Payslips: Changes to the Law in 2019

With new legislation on the horizon, UK employers must change the way they administer payslips to their workforce…

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activpayroll Gets in to the Festive Spirit with Christmas Gift Giving

This Christmas, activpayroll is helping to ensure no child in Scotland wakes up without a gift on Christmas morning by taking part in gift giving initiatives across its Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices.

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Have You Met Steph Smith?

Get to know the Global Tax Manager of activpayroll's Edinburgh office

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Prakas 478 Sets out Cambodia’s 2019 Public Holiday Schedule

Amongst a number of recently updated regulations, the Cambodian government has released its public holiday schedule for 2019.

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Changes to Reporting of Accommodation Benefits in Singapore

Amendments to income tax law in Singapore have affected the way employees’ accommodation benefits are reported - is your payroll prepared?

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New Minimum Wage Rates for Cambodia’s Textile, Garment and Footwear Sector

Prakas 465 delivers a minimum wage boost for employees in Cambodia’s textile, garment and footwear sector.

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Vietnam: Minimum Wage Increase in 2019

The Vietnamese government has proposed new minimum wage rates for 2019: employers should prepare their payrolls for the change.

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Changes to Singapore’s Employment Act for 2019

Singapore will soon expand the scope of its Employment Act: employers should prepare for the impact of the changes on the workforce…

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Preparing for Finland’s National Incomes Register

Employers in Finland need to get ready for the introduction of the National Incomes Register - which will change the way they report employees’ wages.

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activpayroll Wins Top Singapore Award

On Friday 30th November 2018, activpayroll was announced as the bronze award winner for ‘Best Payroll Outsourcing Partner’ at the HR Vendors of the Year Awards in Singapore.

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German Minimum Wage Increase Scheduled

Germany’s minimum wage will rise in 2019, and again in 2020 - what do employers in Europe’s largest economy need to know?

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Compulsory Social Insurance For Foreign Employees In Vietnam

Foreign employees in Vietnam will soon be subject to Social Insurance - employers need to prepare for the changes…

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activpayroll wins International Payroll Award

On the 7th November 2018, activpayroll was announced the winner of the International Payroll Award at The Rewards 2018 held at the London Hilton Bankside.

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activpayroll Expands Global Mobility Team with New Manager

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland is thrilled to be expanding its Global Mobility team in the Central Belt, appointing Steph Smith as Global Tax Manager.

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Victoria Long Service Leave: Important Changes

Significant changes have been made to the way employers in the Australian state of Victoria implement long service leave for employees…

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UK Autumn Budget 2018: Key Points

With tax breaks, NHS spending, and Brexit funds, the UK Autumn 2018 budget sends a message that austerity is coming to an end - what are the key points?

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German Social Security: Introducing Electronic A1 Filing

Germany has changed the way important social security documentation is filed for cross-border employees - how does the new process work?

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Exploring Australia’s Payroll Landscape

Australia is one of APAC’s most important business locations, if you’re doing business there, you’ll need to prepare an effective payroll solution…

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Alison Sellar Set to Take Part in Panel Discussion in Malaysia

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, will be one of four panel speakers discussing purposeful organisations, leadership & talent at an event in Kuala Lumpur.

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Angola Social Security: New Regulations Incoming

Angola’s social security system is getting a shake-up: make sure your business understands its obligations under the new regime…

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New Withholding Requirements for French Employers

The French government is introducing major changes to its tax system - employers must understand their responsibilities…

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Prakas No. 443: Changes to Cambodian Indemnity Payments

A new Prakas has changed the way Cambodian employers must pay indemnity to their employees - what do you need to know?

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Top Singapore Award

activpayroll is delighted to have been announced as a finalist for ‘Best Payroll Outsourcing Partner’ at the 2018 HR Vendors of the Year awards in Singapore.

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activpayroll Charity Update

Last month, activpayroll celebrated National Payroll Week by raising money for two deserving charities; however the firm has been doing a lot more to help charity this year.

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Belgian Payroll: The Right to Paid Educational Leave

Employers in Belgium must understand their employees’ right to take paid leave for the purposes of education…

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China Payroll: New Rules for Individual Income Tax

The Chinese government has amended its individual income tax laws - employers must adapt to the new regime...

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Prakas No. 442: Cambodian Employees To Be Paid Twice A Month

Employers in Cambodia must prepare for new laws regarding when their employees must be paid. A change in the payment frequency creates administrative burden on the employer for having to run the payroll twice a month.

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activpayroll Expands Global Reach with South Africa Office Opening

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has announced the launch of its South African office located in Cape Town.

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activpayroll Set to Attend Workday Rising

activpayroll heads to Las Vegas to attend Workday Rising as an exhibitor

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Have You Met Berliza Laurente?

Get to know the Payroll Operations Manager of activpayroll's Singapore office

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German Pension Reforms: Employer Lump Sum Supplements Can Avoid Hassle

Changes to the way German employers contribute to their employees’ pension schemes are on the horizon…

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Four Industry Awards

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for four awards at The Rewards 2018.

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PAYE Ireland: Preparing your Payroll for Change

Ireland is transforming the way its businesses report to Revenue - employers should ensure they’re ready for the change...

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Alison Sellar Receives OBE from Her Majesty The Queen

On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, received her OBE from the Queen for her services to business in Scotland and abroad at an Investiture held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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Payrolls in the Asia Pacific: Achieving High Performance on an Uneven Playing Field

Achieving a high level of payroll performance in the AsiaPacific region isn't easy - as usual, understanding the unique challenges and complexities of the landscape is key.

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Using Japan’s My Number System

The My Number identification system is in place across Japan: employers and employees should understand what the system is, and how to use it…

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Changes to the US Tax System 2018

Every year the United States’ tax landscape goes through a series of changes, with consequences for both employers and employees. While 2018 sees a number of standard annual updates to both tax and social security, new legislation - the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - was signed into law in December 2017, and bears closer scrutiny.

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Abolition of GST and Transition to SST in Malaysia

The Malaysian government has made a sweeping reform to its tax system, abolishing, and replacing, GST - what do you need to know?

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Alison Sellar Shortlisted for UK Private Business Woman of the Year Award

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland has been shortlisted for Private Business Woman of the Year award at the 2018 UK Private Business Awards.

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Angola State Budget 2018 - Tax Amendments

Angola’s 2018 State Budget is in effect - employers must get to grips with important amendments to tax legislation…

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activpayroll Supports Maggie’s in Culture Crawl

On Friday 22 June 2018, the Aberdeen activpayroll team joined over 500 others to take part in the Maggie’s Culture Crawl for the second year.

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Malaysia Statutory Changes 2018

Malaysia has introduced a number of statutory changes to its tax and payroll system - what does your business need to know?

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Have You Met Melanie Gaensler?

Get to know the Payroll Operations Manager of activpayroll's new Perth, Australia office

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Amendments to the Indian Finance Act 2018

With the 2018 Finance Act now in effect, India’s businesses and payroll departments must adjust to the amendments it introduces…

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New Sick Leave Rules in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has amended its laws regarding the calculation of sick leave - what do employers need to know?

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Meeting the Challenges of US Payroll

As the world’s largest and most important international business hub, the USA represents a uniquely challenging payroll territory…

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Increase in Australian Minimum Wage Review 2018

Following its 2018 Wage Review, Australia’s Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced a 3.5% increase to minimum wages in early June, prompted by what it described as the country’s “healthy national economy and labour market”

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Australia’s Federal Budget 2018

Australia’s 2018 budget comes on the back of positive economic forecasts - what are the important details for businesses?

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Building a Strategic Approach to Employee Global Mobility

Despite uncertain times in the U.K. and Europe as a consequence of Brexit, international business and trade continues to grow. Employee mobilisations, even to previously “unreachable” corners of the globe, are, in some cases, commonplace.

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Alison Sellar Recognised in the 2018 Reward 300

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has been recognised in the 2018 Reward 300, a prestigious list of outstanding industry leaders and influencers in the payroll and reward industry.

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The Impact of Single Touch Payroll

The introduction of Australia’s Single Touch Payroll system is imminent: is your business ready?

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activpayroll and The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now replaced the existing European Data Protection Directive and its main aims are to harmonise data protection laws across the European Union and enhance data protection for EU citizens.

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activpayroll shortlisted for Global Payroll Awards 2018

The Global Payroll Awards are the only award ceremony in the world for professionals involved in global payroll, this year held in Lisbon, Portugal.

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New Reporting Rules in Effect for New Zealand Employee Share Schemes

The reporting and taxation of employee share schemes in New Zealand has changed - both employers and employees need to be aware of their new obligations…

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activpayroll recognised in Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100

On Sunday 8th April, activpayroll were ranked in position 30 in the 19th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100.

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Changes To Payment Of Gratuities In India: What You Need To Know

As new legislation comes into effect, employers in India should make sure they understand the rules for paying gratuity to retiring employees.

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activpayroll Announced as 2018 cHeRries Awards Finalist

activpayroll is delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Exemplary Employer of Choice’ award at this year’s cHeRries Awards.

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Employee Share Schemes: Understanding Your Obligations

At the end of the tax year, Australian employers have obligations towards the share schemes they offer their employees - what should you know?

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New Rules For OpRa, Terminations, Pensions And Childcare

With new legislation in place, employers must get to grips with a range of tax and compliance issues concerning optional remuneration arrangements and more...

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Payrolling Benefits in Kind: What You Need To Know

Employers now have the option of payrolling their employees’ benefits in kind - how does the feature work, and what benefits are included in the service?

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Understanding Australia’s Fringe Benefits Tax

The deadline for fringe benefits tax returns is imminent for Australian employers - what do you need to know about the process?

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activpayroll expands horizons with new Australian office opening

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland today announced the launch of its new Australian office located in Perth.

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Single Touch Payroll: What Australian Businesses Need To Know

Change is coming to Australia’s payroll landscape - how should businesses prepare for the introduction of Single Touch Payroll?

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activpayroll Supports New Social Enterprise Venture

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist, is delighted to announce it will be supporting Edinburgh’s ‘Best Start Up Organisation’, Projekt 42.

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Ontario Bill 148: New Rules for Personal Emergency Leave

With Bill 148 in effect, Ontario’s employers must learn how to implement new personal emergency leave rules…

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activpayroll Celebrates Success at First Maggie’s Fizz Afternoon

On Saturday 10 March 2018, over 100 women attended Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen for a ‘Fizz Afternoon’ organised by activpayroll. The event aimed to raise vital funds for the charity while giving those that attended a fun filled afternoon.

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Bill 148: Understanding Ontario’s New Public Holiday Pay Regulations

The Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act has significant consequences for public holiday pay… what do employers need to know?

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activpayroll gains certification with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

On 16 February 2018, activpayroll was officially certified with the EU-US Privacy Shield, approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA)

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New Employee - Classification Rules Hit Ontario Employers

With new provincial legislation in effect, employers must learn how to correctly classify their employees - or face the consequences…

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Singapore Budget 2018

The city-state’s 2018 budget takes a long-term perspective, including a range of risky tax hikes, and welcome rewards...

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Gender Pay Gap Deadline: UK Employers Submit Reports

The deadline for gender pay gap reporting is approaching - are UK businesses fulfilling their obligations?

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Denmark’s Expat Tax Changes: How activpayroll Can Help You Transition

Changes to Denmark’s taxation system mean expat employees and their payroll departments should take note...

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Edinburgh Chamber Business Awards 2018

activpayroll is delighted to have been announced as a finalist for the ‘Best Performing Business 51+’ category at this year’s Edinburgh Chamber Awards.

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Alison Sellar honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen has been honoured with an OBE for her services to business in Scotland and abroad.

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Income Tax, Stamp Duty, Expenses & Compliance: The UK Autumn Budget 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the UK budget in late November, confirming a number of previously announced policy items, and plenty of new elements - which promise legislative changes to income tax, expenses and benefits, capital gains tax, and more…

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Tis the Season: Payroll Year End around the World

As the festive season dawns, businesses across the world are gearing up for their own special time of year: the Payroll Year End

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Understanding the Principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

With the GDPR to be implemented next year, European businesses need to understand what the legislation involves…

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Ontario Businesses Brace for Major Changes to Labour Laws

Legislation affecting every corner of Ontario’s business landscape is imminent - what does it mean for employers and employees?

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Singapore’s ‘CorpPass’ Arrives: Is Your Business Ready?

Singapore has introduced a new way of accessing digital government services - what do businesses need to know?

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activpayroll Supports Four Deserving Charities this Christmas

This Christmas, activpayroll is making sure that no child wakes up without a gift on Christmas morning by taking part in four gift giving initiatives.

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activpayroll Celebrates Charity Success

Through a range of challenges, the Aberdeen and Edinburgh activpayroll teams have raised over £17,000 for Maggie’s, Friends of Anchor, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Children 1st.

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activpayroll expands Edinburgh presence with new office

activpayroll celebrates workforce increase with new office launch in Scotland's capital

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activpayroll recognised in Megabuyte Top 50 Private Companies 2017

On Wednesday 15th November, activpayroll were ranked in position 35 in the Megabuyte Top 50 Private Companies 2017 award listing.

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activpayroll Singapore win first award

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland was delighted to see its Singapore office win its first award.

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French Employers’ Unemployment Insurance Contributions: Amendment Effective 1 October 2017

French employers must adjust to the effects of sweeping insurance reforms…

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activpayroll Attends Workday Rising US 2017

October 2017 saw activpayroll travel to Chicago to attend the much anticipated Workday Rising US.

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activpayroll accelerates growth with new Frankfurt office opening

The firm has officially launched operations in the German city of Frankfurt, headed up by Regional Director, Annette Weinel.

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Have You Met Annette Weinel?

Get to know the new Regional Director of activpayroll’s German office

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activpayroll introduces two Scottish charities to fundraising efforts

This year, activpayroll has introduced two Scottish Charities to its fundraising efforts, Children 1st and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) now make up two of activpayroll’s four chosen charities for 2017.

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French Tax Reforms Delayed

A major overhaul to France’s income tax system is now being delayed for a year…

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Danish Tax Changes to Benefit Expats and Business

Expat employees working in Denmark stand to gain from a recent relaxation of tax regulations...

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Introducing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018, replacing the current data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

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activpayroll win CIPP International Payroll Service Provider of the Year Award

On the 5th October 2017, activpayroll was announced the winner of the CIPP International Payroll Service Provider of the Year Award.

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activpayroll Set to Exhibit at Workday Rising

Workday Global Payroll Cloud Partner and Event Exhibitor

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Australian Budget Update 2017/2018

activpayroll wishes to inform customers of the recent updates to the Australian Budget

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activpayroll Shortlisted in Four Categories at Prestigious Industry Awards

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist, has been shortlisted for four awards at The Rewards 2017, including ‘Best Employer’ and ‘International Payroll’.

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activpayroll Pledge Support for National Payroll Week 2017

activpayroll’s UK offices celebrated National Payroll Week from Monday 4th September to Friday 8th September 2017 by taking part in a range of fundraising activities in aid of four charities.

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Double Award Nomination for activpayroll

activpayroll has been shortlisted for ‘International Payroll Service Provider of the Year’ and ‘Payroll Service Provider of the Year’ at the 2017 CIPP Annual Excellence Awards.

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More MNCs are moving from Singapore to Malaysia. But why?

More and more multinational corporations are moving to Malaysia from Singapore due to the cheaper cost of living, especially due to the depreciation of the Ringgit. What this simply means is that expatriates are benefiting more in terms of salaries.

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Meet Alison Sellar, Founder and CEO, activpayroll

Find out what Alison thinks about single global payroll solutions, the most important qualities of effective leadership and the biggest challenges global payroll teams face.

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Five Essential Things to Prepare for an International Audit

Facing the prospect of an audit of your end-to-end payroll, benefit or expense processes in any given jurisdiction can be a daunting prospect, activpayroll Global Tax Director, Graham McKechnie, shares what you can do to prepare.

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Have You Met Christopher Edgar?

Get to know the new Vice President of activpayroll’s Americas Region.

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activpayroll Step Up for Maggie’s Culture Crawl

On Friday 23 June 2017, the ladies from activpayroll joined hundreds of others to take part in the very first Maggie’s Culture Crawl in Aberdeen.

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Global Mobility: International Assignments from Germany - Policy Considerations

The following article provides a high level and general overview of some of the more important considerations for employers when designing and creating an international assignment policy for German employees working overseas.

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Getting to Grips with Australia's Federal Budget 2017

Australia's budget is out: tax hikes, businesses and banks are on the agenda...

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activpayroll Put Best Foot Forward for Children 1st!

On Sunday 4 June 2017, the Aberdeen activpayroll team took part in the 26 mile Aberdeen Kiltwalk in aid of Children 1st.

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activpayroll Wins Global Payroll Supplier of the Year!

On Thursday 8th June 2017, activpayroll was announced the winner of Global Payroll Supplier of the Year at The Payroll Awards in Amsterdam.

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Alison Sellar Recognised in the 2017 Reward 100

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has been recognised in the 2017 Reward 100, a prestigious list of outstanding industry leaders and influencers in the payroll and reward industry.

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Australian Fringe Benefits Tax

The Australian Fringe Benefits Tax (‘FBT’) year ended on 31st March 2017 and employers who provided fringe benefits to employees in Australia will be required to prepare and lodge their FBT returns to disclose the value of benefits provided to employees during the year 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

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activpayroll continues global expansion with additional USA office

activpayroll, the global payroll and tax compliance specialist headquartered in Aberdeen has launched an additional USA office, an ultimate demonstration of its phenomenal international expansion.

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India – Payroll Year End Activities

In India, Financial Year is from 1st of April to 31st March every year. Hence, 31st March is an important date by which financial obligations should be fulfilled.

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India - Singaporean Citizens Exempted From Mandatory PF Contributions

New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO has asked its field offices not to insist on provident fund deduction from the salaries of Singaporean citizens working purely as temporary workers in India.

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India – Parliament passes bill to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks

India's parliament has passed a law that increases paid maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, a decision which will benefit around 1.8 million women.

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Salary Sacrifice Changes

Audit & Compliance Manager, Simon Wright, discusses changes to salary sacrifice arrangements.

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Australia Single Touch Payroll

The Australian Government has legislated to simplify business reporting obligations via a concept known as single touch payroll (‘STP’).

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Have You Met Jean Davidson?

Get to know our Aberdeen based Senior Payroll Administrator, Jean Davidson.

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Scottish Tax 2017/2018 Bands

Audit & Compliance Manager, Simon Wright, reveals that Scottish Tax 2017/2018 Bands are confirmed.

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Australia – Updates on Superannuation, SuperStream

All you need to know about Australia Superannuation and Superstream.

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Completion of forms P11D and the Payrolling of Benefits in Kind (BiK)

Audit & Compliance Manager, Simon Wright, is reminding clients of the options available for reporting expenses and benefits provided to their employees.

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Gender Pay Gap

Audit & Compliance Manager, Simon Wright, clarifies new Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations in force from April 2017.

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French Income Tax Withholding at Source – New Rules Effective 1 January 2018

Very significant changes were announced by the French Minister of Finance and Public Accounts and the Secretary of State for the Budget on Wednesday 3rd August 2016.

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Apprenticeship Levy - 2017 Update

Audit & Compliance Manager, Simon Wright of activpayroll, reveals the additional information you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy.

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Social Security Relief Threshold Changed for Belgian Students

A shake-up of Belgium's social security contribution rules represents good news for both students and employers.

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Short Term Mobilisations – Why Proper Planning is Crucial

In this short series of articles we have considered a number of topics all tangibly linked to the challenges that organisations face when mobilising employees from their home location to an overseas jurisdiction for a short period of time.

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Have You Met Callum McAndrew?

Get to know our Edinburgh based UK Payroll Team Lead, Callum McAndrew

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Alison Completes 450Km Cycling Challenge in Aid of Women’s Cancer Charity

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has raised more than £10,000 after cycling across Vietnam and Cambodia.

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activpayroll helps spread festive cheer this Christmas

This Christmas, activpayroll is taking part in the Befriend a Child Giving Tree Appeal to support underprivileged children.

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Biggest Pay Rise In 20 Years For UK's Lowest Earners

The National Living Wage is taking effect - and bringing changes for many of the UK's lowest earning workers...

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Brexit: Is Britain Still A Good Place To Start A Business?

As the Brexit storm rages on, prospective business owners may be thinking twice about setting up in the UK...

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Introducing one of our four charities: Women V Cancer

In just two weeks, Alison will be embarking on her final cycling challenge of the year: Vietnam to Cambodia in only 6 days. Despite the 450km of cycling, Alison and the other women joining her will get to enjoy the sites of two of South East Asia’s most fascinating countries. This challenge is being completed in aid of Women V Cancer.

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Understanding The Apprenticeship Levy

The government is introducing a tax designed to stimulate the UK's apprenticeship schemes - what do employers need to know?

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HMRC Launches Digital Personal Tax Accounts

Annual tax returns are set to become a thing of the past, as HM Revenue & Customs rolls out its new, digital account system... What do you need to know?

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Compliance Tips For New Overtime Requirements

Major changes are coming to the way US businesses implement overtime - as an employer, understanding the new regulations is a crucial step towards compliance.

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Have You Met Mike Scott?

Get to know our Aberdeen based Group Finance Manager, Mike Scott.

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activpayroll announces Scottish Enterprise contract win

activpayroll, the global payroll and employee mobility specialist, announced it has won the global payroll contract for Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's main economic development agency and non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.

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activpayroll celebrates 15 years in business

The 3rd October 2016 marked activpayroll's 15th year in business.

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activpayroll Takes Part in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

On Friday 30th September, the Edinburgh activpayroll team held a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

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#activAlison Prepares for Final Gruelling Challenge!

After completing Ride the North in August, Alison is now preparing for her final challenge in November, the Women V Cancer Vietnam to Cambodia cycle.

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activpayroll Shortlisted for Prestigious CIPP Award

activpayroll has been shortlisted for the ‘International Payroll Service Provider of the Year’ award at the 2016 CIPP Annual Excellence Awards.

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Alison Completes First Cycling Challenge!

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August, Alison took part in Ride the North, a 175 mile cycle around the Scottish Highlands.

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activpayroll more charitable than ever for National Payroll Week 2016

activpayroll’s two UK offices, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, celebrated National Payroll Week (5th – 9th September) by supporting their three chosen charities.

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activpayroll set to show charitable side for National Payroll Week 2016

activpayroll’s Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices will be celebrating National Payroll Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th September 2016.

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Introducing one of our four charities: Friends of Anchor

This weekend will see members of the Aberdeen activpayroll team battle it out against 72 other teams in the hope to become 2016 ANCHOR Wipeout champions.

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Social Security – Working in the EU and Abroad

In recent articles we have considered the income tax implications of individuals working in the UK for short periods of time (Short Term Business Visitors) and employees spending short periods of time working in a location different to the home location.

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activpayroll shortlisted for Payroll World Awards 2016

The Payroll World Awards recognise and reward those who have demonstrated hard work and best practice within the payroll industry in the last year.

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activpayroll Sponsoring Workday Rising US

September 2016 will see activpayroll attend Workday Rising US as an Emerging Sponsor.

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Introducing one of our four charities: Maggie’s

With Alison’s first cycle taking place in just over a month, many mornings and evenings are being devoted to the gym and weekends spent cycling throughout different areas of Scotland. Scotland’s unpredictable weather has means that Alison has faced all sorts of challenging conditions while cycling, great practice for her first #activAlison challenge, Ride the North.

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Brexit Expats – The EU Referendum Impact & Implications for Internationally Mobile Employees

Following the result of the EU Referendum on Thursday 23rd June 2016, when the people of the UK voted to leave the haven of the European Union, the UK has already experienced a significant degree of change.

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Have You Met Debbie Barker?

Get to know our Edinburgh based UK Service Delivery Manager, Debbie Barker

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Phenomenal Support Continues for #activAlison

Since launching just seven weeks ago, #activAlison has seen an enormous amount of support since the first donation was made.

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Alison takes Cycling Training to the Next Level

On Thursday 9th June, Alison was lucky enough to be invited, along with a small group of business people from Aberdeen, to an exclusive Track Cycling event at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland’s first indoor Velodrome.

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Visiting the UK from overseas? Beware – HMRC are looking for you!

HMRC are keeping a close eye on how UK employers deal with income tax liabilities and PAYE obligations in relation to employees from overseas.

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activpayroll wins Tremendous Training & Development Award

activpayroll was announced the winner of the Tremendous Training & Development Award 2016.

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Alison’s Ride the North Story

With less than three months until Ride the North takes place, Alison reflects on her previous experience of participating in the event.

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Sian Odgers to attend APA Payroll Congress in Nashville

Sian Odgers, Business Services Director of activpayroll will be attending the American Payroll Association’s 34th Annual Congress.

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Introducing one of our four chosen charities: Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

The weekend saw Alison putting in even more cycling training for her upcoming challenges.

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#activAlison CSR campaign launches

This year, Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, will be at the forefront of the firm’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) efforts with the launch of the #activAlison campaign.

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Thanks to our first supporters!

#activAlison has officially launched and we are pleased to see that six companies have already pledged their support.

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Alison Begins Training for Gruelling Charity Cycles

With her first cycle in August fast approaching, Alison has been training hard to ensure she is in top shape for her challenges.

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Alison Sellar at the Webster Buchanan Global Payroll Summit

On Tuesday 26th April, Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, will attend Webster Buchanan’s Global Payroll Summit at the Park Plaza County Hall in London.

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activpayroll announced as finalist at the cHeRries Awards 2016

activpayroll is delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Tremendous Training and Development’ award at this year’s cHeRries Awards.

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Singapore Budget 2016

The Singapore Budget Statement for the 2016 Financial Year was delivered by the Singapore Minister for Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat, on Thursday 24th March 2016.

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UK Budget 2016

News and highlights from the UK Budget 2016

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Payroll, Benefits & Taxation Changes from April 2016

There are a number of changes and new challenges from 6 April 2016 in the UK that will affect employers. In this summary we will highlight some of the key changes and discuss the impact that these changes may have.

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Scottish Income Tax Rate Update

From 6 April 2016, the rates of income tax paid by Scottish taxpayers on certain categories of income, including employment income, will be set by reference to a Scottish rate of income tax (SRIT).

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Have You Met Rabi Rawat?

Get to know our APAC Payroll Team Lead, Rabi Rawat.

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activpayroll give the Homeless an Easter Treat

The activpayroll team has donated Easter eggs to Aberdeen Cyrenians to help bring a smile to those less fortunate.

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Changes to the Taxation of Dividends

From April 2016, the current dividend tax regime will be overhauled, resulting in a significant tax hike for many limited company owners.

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Alison Sellar recognised in Payroll World Top 50

Alison Sellar, Chief Executive Officer of activpayroll has been announced as one of the top 50 outstanding professionals that have made a significant impact in the payroll world over the last year.

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UK Payroll Changes

All you need to know about the UK's changes to Payroll.

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How Will Payroll In France Change In 2016?

Increases in the minimum wage, pension contributions and changes in Agirc and Arrco supplementary pension fund contributions are just some of the changes that payroll departments must take into consideration in 2016.

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Changes To German Social Security Insurance: What Do You Need To Know?

As of January 1st 2016, changes were made to Social Security Insurance in Germany. Principally, the social insurance contributions divided 50-50 between employer and employee.

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More Than 10 Employees In Saudi Arabia? You Will Need To Process Your Payroll Through The WPS

Outsourcing your payroll function in Saudi Arabia is the best way to stay compliant due to new requirements starting from February 1, 2016.

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Omani Companies Must Follow WPS Regulations - Payroll Outsourcing Ensures Full Compliance

Companies operating in Oman should prepare themselves for a new system which could see them fined or shut down for not complying with WPS regulations.

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Payrolling of Benefits in Kind (BiK)

Employers can now payroll certain taxable benefits by registering with HM Revenue and Customs using the online Payrolling Benefits in Kind (PBIK) service.

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activpayroll Celebrates CIPP Certification Success

activpayroll training academy trainees exceed CIPP national average pass rate with impressive scores

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activpayroll aim to brighten up Christmas morning for the less fortunate

activpayroll shows its support for Mission Christmas and Aberdeen Cyrenians'

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Malaysian Budget Update

On 23 October 2015, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, YAB Dato’ Sri Nohd Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak unveiled the Malaysian Budget for the year 2016 (“Budget”).

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Scottish Rate of Income Tax

From April 2016, the Scottish government will have the power to set an annual rate of Income Tax for Scottish taxpayers. This is known as the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT).

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Saudi Labour Law Adjustments - Is Your Business Affected?

The Ministry of Labour for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently announced a total of 38 amendments to the country’s Labour Law which came into effect in October 2015.

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For The First Time, Employment Offers Become Legally Binding In The UAE

In accordance with the amended UAE Labour Law, effective from 1st January 2016, job offers will become binding and an integral part of employment contracts.

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Have you met Nicola Campbell?

Get to know our Global Service Delivery Manager, Nicola Campbell

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Shift In Iraq Labour Law For The First Time In 18 Years

On August 17th the Iraqi Parliament passed a revolutionary new labour law, replacing the old one which - remarkably, given the change the country as a whole has experienced - has remained entirely unchanged since 1987.

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DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR ACTIVPAYROLL

On Thursday 12th November 2015, activpayroll won big at two prestigious award ceremonies, the Scottish Business Awards and Payroll World Awards.

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activpayroll sponsoring Workday Rising Europe 2015

December 2015 will see activpayroll head to Dublin to attend Workday Rising Europe as an Emerging Sponsor.

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activpayroll join forces with Press and Journal for Apprentice 100 campaign

activpayroll show support of Press and Journal Apprentice 100 campaign by announcing the launch of a new apprenticeship framework in 2016.

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activpayroll win CIPP International Payroll Provider of the Year Award

On the 8th October 2015, activpayroll was announced the winner of the CIPP International Payroll Provider of the Year Award at the Payroll and Pensions Excellence Awards 2015 held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

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activpayroll Celebrates 14 Years of Business with New Digital Presence

This October activpayroll celebrate 14 years of successful business with the launch of new company website.

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Saudi Arabia: Legislation Changes

Legislation in Saudi Arabia has recently undergone some changes. This legislation establishes procedural requirements for the companies that wish to employ telecommuters or teleworkers.

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Alison Sellar Shortlisted for the Scottish Business Awards

Alison Sellar, CEO of activpayroll, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Scottish Business Awards 2015 held in Edinburgh on the 12th November 2015.

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activpayroll's Sweet Efforts Continue

On Friday 18th September, activpayroll donated £200 to Aberdeen's local children's charity Cash for Kids through a bake sale.

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activpayroll go the extra mile for National Payroll Week

activpayroll celebrated National Payroll Week (the 7th – 11th September) by involving both their UK offices, Aberdeen & Edinburgh, in a number of fund-raising activities.

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Alison on Business Woman Scotland Magazine

CEO of activpayroll, Alison Sellar, featured on the front cover of Business Woman Scotland Magazine September/October 2015 Edition.

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Proud Supporters of Aberdeen Inspired

Over the past four years, Aberdeen Inspired has delivered a number of improvements to the city centre through marketing, visual enhancements and increasing the city’s levels of safety.

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German Minimum Wage Update

The German minimum wage has increased to €8.50 per hour, effective as of the 1st January 2015.

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activpayroll announced as finalist for the CIPP awards

The firm is one of just three companies to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award in the category ‘International Payroll Provider of the Year’.

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CEO Alison Sellar recognised as UK Private Business Awards Scottish Finalist

Alison Sellar has received recognition from the UK Private Business Awards for driving growth, focusing on customers and creating opportunities for others.

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activpayroll announced finalist at Payroll World Awards

The Payroll World Awards recognise industry leaders, chosen by their peers for their professionalism, pioneering efforts and commitment to improving the payroll profession.

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activpayroll launches CIPP training academy

activpayroll team up with the CIPP to launch a new in-house training academy at Aberdeen headquarters.

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activpayroll Keep Giving

activpayroll staff donate all Easter eggs to the local charity 'Cash for Kids' to help disadvantaged children.

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