New information has emerged about how the Treasury will overhaul employment status, with reports indicating that a new portal, a cross government working group, a helpline and guidance will form part of its plans.
This year’s OTS employment status review recommended 28 courses of action and the government announced in the 2015 autumn statement last week that it had accepted the majority of those listed; however, it did not specify which ones.
Treasury minister David Gauke has now confirmed that 17 of the recommendations have been given the go ahead, while a further six are still under consideration. Only four were rejected outright, including one that would have given certainty to flexible workers engaging in short-term assignment via a set de minimis level for payments.
The government does however appear to be focusing on providing greater certainty to contractors through the new cross government working group, which will offer a statutory employment test and consider both the positive and negative aspects associated with an agreed set of employment status principles.
In anticipation of these changes Crystal Umbrella, the UK’s leading Umbrella Company has built a special website called Employment-Status.co.uk. The site is the brain child of Colin Howell, Crystals CEO and it is designed to help people clarify their position before these changes take place.