Employment Status – and why it matters

Employment Status – and why it matters

News stories hinging on employment status have come thick and fast in recent months. In the latest IR35 case, TV personality, Lorraine Kelly, won a ruling that she is a ‘self-employed star’, rather than an ITV employee – a verdict with over £1 million in tax at stake. Hermes’ offer to give drivers ‘self-employed plus’ status, with holiday pay and guaranteed earnings, also hit the headlines.

At the end of 2018, the government published its long-awaited response to the independent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices: the Good Work Plan. This represents the government’s vision for the future of the UK labour market, and is part of an increasing focus on pay compliance and pay transparency. The Plan proposes a number of important legislative changes, and we highlight these here.

Employment status is a critical area for employers, who can be understandably anxious about how the rules apply to their workforce. In this Briefing, we provide an overview of this complex and changing landscape.

Contents include:

  • types of employment status
  • employment law vs tax law
  • the difference between employees and workers
  • employed or self employed
  • IR 35 regime
  • forthcoming legislative changes.

Download your copy of our briefing for a summary of the latest issues here:

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