Consultation - Off-payroll working rules from April 2020

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Government is seeking views on the how the off-payroll working rules will work from April 2020. The reform is being extended to all sectors and this consultation seeks to ensure the proposed processes are suitable for the large and diverse sectors in which the new rules will need to be operated, as well as engagers in the public sector already applying the rules.

The consultation asks for views and information on several subjects, including:

  • the scope of the reform and impact on non-corporate engagers
  • information requirements for engagers, fee-payers and personal service companies
  • addressing status determination disagreements

Futher information is available here:

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. The Committee is looking for members who represent employees as well as those that represent employers. The working party will be chaired by Emma Burrows (Trowers & Hamlins) and Stephen Ratcliffe (Baker &  McKenzie). The deadline for submissions 28 May 2019, so volunteers will need to have availability during April to mid May to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019 if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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