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Changes to agency worker rights that could affect you in 2020
marketing | 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.

Lib Dems and Tories Make Self-Employed Tax Pledges IR35
marketing | 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.

Congratulations to Sarah McClean on winning the Umbrella Group Employee of the Month Award
marketing | 6 November 2019
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We are delighted to announce that Sarah McClean, Insolvency Administrator, has won the Umbrella Group October Employee of the Month Award!

“Since starting with the firm in June 2017, Sarah has always demonstrated a strong work ethic and is a dependable member of the team always prepared to go the “extra mile” for the customer, whatever the scenario. Well done Sarah, a well-deserved award!” Tom Fox, Head of Umbrella Insolvency.

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.

Stephen Holt Wins Umbrella.co.uk December Employee of the Month
marketing | 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.

Umbrella staff have been busy in their free time getting their desks festive ready for the annual desk decorating competition.

A little tinsel here, some snowflake stickers there…and then came an onslaught of creative and tasteful office decorations until the offices transformed into our own Umbrella Winter Wonderland.

 

How to Close Your PSC if You’re Affected by the Banking Contractor Ban
marketing | 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 Decision Delay After Budget Cancelled
marketing | 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.

NHS Consultant Fundraiser to Challenge HMRC IR35 Challenge
marketing | 14 October 2019
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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.

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