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IR35 - making the best use of the next 17 months

When the Government announced its response to the Off-payroll working in the private sector consultation in the recent Budget, it came as little surprise that it opted to move forward with its “lead option”, ie the extension of the current public sector rules into the private sector.  However, having announced an April 2020 implementation date, the Government seems to have listened to the flood of representations calling for a sensible lead time for the changes.

Director of Labour Market Enforcement estimates 'Wage theft' of over £1.5 billion in the form of unpaid holiday pay

The Government’s response to the Taylor Review (The Good Work Plan) alongside Sir David Metcalf’s publication of his Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2018/19 and a number of recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions have all brought holiday pay right to the top of the agenda for employers across the UK over the last few months.

Breaking News: National Minimum Wage update

The latest list of National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches was published on Friday 6th July by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It includes nearly 240 employers with total arrears of £1.44m and record fines of £1.97m. The increase in these figures reflects HMRC’s investment in its NMW enforcement activity over the past 18 months.

Reward & Employment Time to get ready for the journey ahead

The whiff of change is in the air for any business that relies on the use of a flexible workforce, whether self-employed or through a personal service company (PSC). As well as HMRC’s increased focus on National Minimum Wage (NMW) compliance, Government scrutiny and recent high-profile legal cases on worker status have brought the issue to the fore and momentum will only build in the months to come. Now is the time for businesses to act to understand the potential risks they face and how they can best be managed ahead of changes taking effect.

Off-payroll working in the private sector - change is on the way

The long anticipated consultation on the reform of rules governing off-payroll working in the private sector, often referred to as IR35, has now been published. In addition, the Government has published the findings from an independent research project that looked at the immediate impacts on public sector bodies of implementing the reform of off-payroll working in the public sector.

Seminar: "Good Work" - the future of employment status in the UK

The Government announced in February its response to the Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices by issuing four consultations on the concept of what "Good Work". One of these consultations focuses on employment status, which could lead to fundamental changes to the employment landscape and the engagement of contractors. To support businesses in thinking through the impact of the employment status consultation on their plans to achieve an agile and flexible workforce, and provide a forum to give their views, we are hosting a roundtable discussion session in London.

National Minimum Wage – Common errors leading to non-compliance

In 2017 we saw unprecedented media attention around National Minimum Wage (NMW) compliance. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) which enforces the NMW regulations published the 13th list of NMW offenders in December, identifying 260 employers required to pay back £1.7 million to workers and £1.3 million in penalties. ‘Naming and shaming’ is automatic for any employer found to owe underpayments to workers of £100 or more in total...