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IR35 Planning and Preparation Conference for Private Sector Employers

London, Venue TBC

Changes to IR35 legislation applying to the private sector will take place with effect from April 2020. Understanding the complex IR35 legislation may have punitive consequences if HMRC do not agree with your status assessments.

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT per delegate

More dates and locations:

Tuesday 26th March - Manchester
Tuesday 30th April - London
Tuesday 2nd July - London

Organisations must prepare flexible workforce staff and get to grips with tests in order to remain compliant, either inside or outside IR35 rules. You may be putting your organisation at risk if you do not clarify your status and avoid last-minute panic.

This comprehensive seminar offers the tools to help you draw up a compliant and workable game plan for your staffing which will avoid fines and ensure your talent pools remain at optimum levels. You will learn the best ways to classify and communicate with affected staff, ensuring they are aware of their options and obligations as well as offering a range of workable contract options.

Why should you attend?

  • Avoid costly legal challenges to status assessments
  • Avoid debilitating staff loss by planning early—98% of contractors will avoid working on contracts that place them inside IR35
  • Learn how to consult with and advise current staff to understand and implement the best employment model for your organisation
  • Ensure your contracts are compliant and avoid non-compliance penalties
  • Get equipped with the tools to avoid a drop in your organisation’s talent pool—51% of public sector organisations have lost skilled contractors post IR35 April 2017

Past delegates said:

“Very interesting. Made me think”

“Excellent speakers”

“Comprehensive and useful information presented throughout the day”

“Some great presenters who were very knowledgeable and engaging”

"Good content presented in an engaging way”

“Was great to hear all the different perspectives on the topic” 

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Recruitment and Resourcing, Temporary & Agency Resourcing, Legal, Training, Compliance and Audit, Administration, Strategy, Policy, Operations, Line Managers and all Directors and staff with responsibilities within this area

Schedule

Coffee and registration

CHAIR'S WELCOME, TERMS OF REFERENCE, LEARNING OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES

OPENING ADDRESS FROM THE CHAIR WITH Q&A

UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL CHANGES AND RAMIFICATIONS FOR YOUR CONTRACT AND FREELANCE WORKERS

  • Understanding who will be affected, when and how
  • Contracted staff through PSCs
  • Assessing employment status
  • Which organisations must comply?
  • What penalties will you face for non-compliance?
  • Impact in relation to:
    • Social security benefits
    • Employment law protection rights
    • Paid holidays
    • Working week limits

Coffee and networking

DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING A WORKABLE GAME PLAN

  • Reviewing your existing workforce: auditing for realistic levels of risk
  • Identifying the employment levels your organisation is deploying:
    • Which roles will be affected?
    • Which workers will be scarce?
    • Which workers can be replaced?
  • Implications for your contingent workforce
  • Classifying and communicating with the affected staff
  • Freelance options: becoming full-time versus rising rates
  • Reviewing your internal systems
  • Are your IT systems robust enough?
  • Making the best choices for your organisation and staff
  • Planning and implementing strategy medium- and long-term
  • Maintaining visibility over how and when contractors are on-boarded and utilised
  • The pros and cons of a managed service programme (MSP)

Lunch and networking

PRACTICALITIES AND RISK: CONSULTING AND ADVISING YOUR CURRENT CONTINGENT STAFF

  • Assessing your IR35 workers on a case-by-case basis
    • The danger of role-based assessments
  • Vital skills and expertise: what can you not afford to lose?
    • Considering the flight risk of existing contractors
    • What is your firms appetite for risk?
  • How much are these reforms going to cost firms?
  • Working out the status of your freelancers: inside or outside? Principles to apply:
    • Control
    • Substitution
    • Mutuality of obligation (MOO)
    • Other factors
  • Changing contracts and communicating options:
    • Rates increase, lower fees, assignment termination
    • Engaging contractors directly as PAYE workers
    • The consequences for contractors of being put inside IR35: Expenses, tax
  • Contracting options:
    • PAYE – Temps.
    • Umbrella companies – but get the calculations right.
    • Full outsource service (pay more).
  • Keeping contractors outside IR35:
    • 10 tips
  • Understanding and mitigating risks: current and future considerations

REC LESSONS FROM THE PUBLIC SECTOR

  • Understanding the motivation behind the legislation
  • Evaluating its impact on the public sector with contractors, agencies and business
  • Assessing its potential impact on the labour market
  • Reviewing next steps for government
  • Is it too late to influence the legislation?
  • Key actions ahead of the private sector roll out

Afternoon tea and networking

TALENT PROCUREMENT POST APRIL 2020: KEY MOVES TO ENSURE YOU ARE AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION

  • Understanding where market dynamics are headed
  • Implementing a timely review and making sure you understand the necessary changes you’ll need to make
  • What are the best ways to access and compete for the necessary skills?
  • Smart solutions to mitigate industry resource shortages and challenges
  • Smoothing the transition to maximise client and contractor retention
  • The art of the possible: lobbying and making your voice heard

PANEL DISCUSSION: PLANNING AND PRACTICALITIES

Delegates will join experts and colleagues to discuss a range of relevant issues, exchange experiences and brainstorm solutions to current IR35 challenges.

WRAP-UP AND OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS

End of course

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