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.

Lib Dems and Tories Make Self-Employed Tax Pledges IR35
Editor | 21 November 2019
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The Liberal Democrats have become the first political party to make a firm commitment to contractors ahead of the December election.

After seeing a preview of the Lib Dem manifesto, IPSE said that it included a number of policies designed to help self-employed workers, including a promise to review IR35 changes due to take effect next year.

IR35 Decision Delay After Budget Cancelled
Editor | 4 November 2019
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The government has scrapped plans to hold a budget in November after MPs voted for a general election in December.

The delay creates more uncertainty about whether planned IR35 reforms will take effect in April 2020.

The Treasury has confirmed that the December 12 election will mean that chancellor Sajid Javid will not deliver a budget that was scheduled for November 6.

Employers Should Prepare for Good Work Plan Legislation

Buried deep in the Queen’s Speech, one of the government’s policy proposals is likely to have significant consequences for employers, workers and freelancers.

Speaking through the Queen, the Government stopped short of making firm employment law policy commitments, but it did affirm that it would “continue to deliver on the commitments set out in the Good Work Plan”.  

Banks to Block IR35 Contractors After IR35 Changes
Editor | 7 October 2019
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UK banks Barclays and Lloyds appear to have followed the example set by HSBC and others by blocking the engagement of limited company contractors when private sector IR35 reforms take effect.

A letter sent by Barclays to contractors suggests that the bank will stop using personal service company (PSC) contractors and tax all contractors in the same way as salaried employees.

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.

How to Close Your PSC if You’re Affected by the Banking Contractor Ban
Editor | 20 November 2019
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Some of the nation’s largest banks are forcing personal service company (PSC) contractors to go on the payroll, a move that will leave many with dormant limited companies. Here’s how you could close your PSC in a tax efficient manner if you’re affected by the banking sector contractor ban.

Under reforms to off-payroll working legislation, large organisations will be made responsible for judging a PSC contractor’s IR35 status from 6th April 2020.

IR35 Rules Won’t Automatically be Applied Retrospectively

With around six months to go until public sector IR35 reforms take effect in the private sector, HMRC has clarified how it will enforce the regulations.

The tax authority has announced that the new rules will only be applied retrospectively in cases where it suspects fraud or criminal activity.

NHS Consultant Fundraiser to Challenge HMRC IR35 Challenge

An NHS consultant urologist is crowdfunding his challenge to an unfair IR35 classification on behalf of other independent healthcare professionals.

Providing his services to the NHS as locum, George Mantides and others in his position are treated as employees for tax purposes, but don’t receive any of the benefits that employees traditionally enjoy.

BBC Newsreaders Lose IR35 Tribunal
Editor | 2 October 2019
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HMRC has recorded a rare IR35 victory after a tribunal decided that three self-employed BBC newsreaders were operating as so-called ‘disguised employees’.

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