The long awaited, and previously postponed, IR35 reforms came into force on 6 April 2021. These will affect any medium or large sized private organisation that engages with contractors. Under the new rules, where the contractor is providing their services through an ‘Intermediary’ (such as a personal service company), the end client will have the responsibility for determining whether the contractor falls ‘inside’ IR35 and, if so, either it or any agency that pays the consultant’s fees will be responsible for making PAYE and NICs deductions and payments.
April isn’t just about Easter bunnies and spring flowers. It’s also that time of the year where employment law takes another leap forward. Andrew Whiteaker and Katie Harris take a look at the key changes taking place over the next two months.
For something which is so fundamental, employment status is taking up a lot of column inches. Last month’s Supreme Court Uber decision dealt with one aspect of the Status issue dealing for the first time with a true Gig economy case; the other comes in the form of reforms to IR35 where end users now have to determine the status of those it engages through intermediaries, generally, Personal Services Companies or agencies.
The country, as with industry is divided. The last 12 months have seen some businesses thrive, some stagnate and others fall by the wayside. We have worked in a way that many would not have predicted would have been possible even 18 months ago, and there is a light at the end of what has been a long tunnel. What happens next will have a bearing upon which businesses continue to grow.
Supreme Court rules against Asda in Equal Pay case
Asda’s retail workers have won a key appeal in the Supreme Court in their long-running equal pay battle with the supermarket. This week Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the significant implications the decision will have for other employers.
What employers need to know about the Asda equal pay decision
Asda’s retail workers have won a key appeal in the Supreme Court in their long-running equal pay battle with the supermarket. The decision will have significant ramifications, not just for Asda and the other supermarkets facing similar claims, but also other retail outlets who have distribution depots, says a leading employment lawyer from Thames Valley law firm Boyes Turner.
This week Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the recent Supreme Court Case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and others on the question of whether “sleep-in” workers (that is workers who are on call, often at the employer’s premises, but who are allowed to sleep during their shift) are entitled to National Minimum Wage for the entirety of their shift.
Remote working from overseas: the top 5 issues for Employers
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented numbers of employees working from home and some employees may even have chosen to work remotely from overseas.
Employees may think that their location doesn’t really matter, however, it may in fact result in a legal headache for their employer. In this week’s article Jessica Clough and Barry Stanton take a look at the legal implications for employers of having employees working for them from abroad.
Business Interruption Insurance and the Supreme Court
Many businesses take out business interruption insurance each year to protect them in the event that their business operations are interrupted. The coronavirus pandemic has caused business disruption across the country in a manner which is unprecedented. Unsurprisingly many businesses which had taken out interruption insurance have sought to rely on the cover when making a claim.