IR35: 43,000 Companies Warned by HMRC
Editor | 30 January 2020
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HM Revenue & Customs is in the process of issuing 43,000 letters to private sector businesses, warning them to consider the employment status of their contractors ahead of IR35 reforms in April.

These reforms mean that private sector engagers will be responsible for judging their contractors’ employment status for tax, rather than the individuals themselves.

Changes to agency worker rights that could affect you in 2020
Editor | 20 January 2020
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2020 will bring some important changes to UK employment law that will affect you if you work through an intermediary or employ agency workers.

Between the disruption caused by Brexit and landmark changes to IR35, you would be forgiven for missing some of these more minor employment law updates.

In this blog post, we’ll cover all of the employment law changes that are happening this year - both little and large - and explain how they could affect temporary employees and their employers.

Government Launches ‘Meaningless’ Review of IR35 Changes

The Government has this week launched a review of the upcoming change to off-payroll (IR35) working rules. But the review has already been branded ‘limited’ and ‘meaningless’ by industry experts.

The review will gather evidence from contractors and large and medium-sized businesses and will determine if any further steps can be taken to ensure the ‘smooth implementation’ of the reforms.

Legislators will need to act quickly, however, because the reforms are still due to take effect in April 2020.

Recruitment Giants Plead for IR35 Rethink
Editor | 27 January 2020
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Leading recruitment companies have urged the government to delay and ultimately rethink IR35 reforms, warning that the tax changes will damage the industry and wider economy.

Fourteen companies including Adecco, Harvey Nash, Hays, Reed and ManpowerGroup wrote to Chancellor Sajid Javid last week pleading with him to reconsider the changes that affect off-payroll contractors working through limited companies.

Under the new rules, contractors working in the private sector will no longer be responsible for judging their employment status.

Stephen Holt Wins Umbrella.co.uk December Employee of the Month
Editor | 14 January 2020
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We are delighted to announce that Stephen Holt, Payroll Assistant, has won December Umbrella.co.uk Employee of the Month.

“Stephen always goes the extra mile to help agencies and our internal teams, ensuring contractors get paid correctly and on time. A crucial team player who’s enthusiasm and positive attitude shines through every day.

Congratulations Stephen for your double December win…Employee of the Month and got engaged! Well done and keep up the good work.” Jon Biddle, Director.