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IR35 and your contingent workforce: Tackling common misconceptions and answering the key questions

Who should attend

This course is relevant to HR professionals and in-house lawyers with responsibility for employment law issues in the UK. It is assumed that each delegate will have a basic understanding of employment law and the new IR35 rules in the UK.


The original introduction of the new IR35, or “off-payroll” working rules was delayed earlier this year due to the pandemic, but there is now less than five months to go until implementation of the new regime. From 6 April 2021, medium and large-sized private sector organisations will have significant new responsibilities.

We will look at the common misconceptions surrounding IR35 and answer some of your key questions: Can new IR35 statutory obligations be outsourced? What are the disadvantages of using an umbrella company? Is it advantageous to use contracts of less than two years’ duration in future engagements? Does your new model entitle your contingent workforce to protection under the Agency Worker Regulations? How should you update your commercial terms before 6 April 2021? HMRC has placed real emphasis upon “reasonable care” in the draft IR35 guidance, what does this mean for you practically?


09:30 start; 11:30 close

The new IR35 rules

  • Overview of the new IR35 rules
  • An update on recent developments in 2020 – new HMRC guidance and amendments to the Finance Act
  • Assessing IR35 status – key steps
  • The duty of ‘reasonable care’ - what does this mean?

Common misconceptions and key questions answered

  • Future operating models
    • reviewing options such as fixed-term contracts and PAYE or umbrella companies
    • key issues: Outsourcing vs supply of labour
    • assessment of the advantages and disadvantages for operating models
    • will the Agency Worker Regulations apply?
  • Strategic review of the ongoing use of contractor roles
  • Managing your contingent workforce – key dos and don’ts

Planning for implementation

  • Countdown to implementation - key steps and actions to take now
  • Scope of review for internal policies and processes
  • Communicating the changes (internally and externally) and addressing key training needs

Commercial contracts

  • Risk assessing supply chains; the key steps 
  • Review of commercial contracts
    • key terms to review
    • assessing whether to terminate or amend
    • future-proofing new contracts
  • Understanding indemnities, how best to protect your interests

We note that a comfort break will be provided approximately half-way through the course.





Cost: £199

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

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