How has Covid-19 Impacted the IR35 Legislation?

It is understandable that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the focus of everyone’s attention at the moment – with the virus consuming the news and interrupting our everyday lives, it is hard to think of anything else during these times. Our priority is the health and well-being of our workers, staff, clients and suppliers. 

At The Shore Group, we continue to monitor the situation extremely closely and we are working to all of the advice issued by HM Government. New legislation and guidance is being issued by HMRC and HMGovernment on a daily basis as they work to manage the spread of the pandemic; we are ensuring that our internal team reviews and acts on all new information as quickly as possible to ensure we are meeting standards and to get the information to our stakeholders as quickly as possible.

 Despite the pandemic, there are still critical projects which need to be staffed throughout the UK including clients working in key areas such as retail, telecoms and infrastructure. We are also supplying clients with essential security and cleaning staff as well as critical maintenance workers.

 At The Shore Group we have a number of contingency strategies, in line with our Business Continuity Plan, to ensure that all vacancies are resourced and all operatives are paid on time. Within the business, our staff are able to work remotely and in geographically diverse locations.

 We are working closely with our suppliers to assist them wherever possible, and are in communication with the charities we are supporting this year to offer appropriate assistance where we can.

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, the IR35 legislation, due to come into play on 6th April, has been postponed to 2021. Speaking in parliament last Tuesday evening, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said: “The government is postponing the reforms to the off-payroll working rules, IR35, from 6 April 2020 to 6 April 2021”. Our industry welcomes this news, although it is slightly frustrating, both for us and for our clients who have spent significant amounts of time and resources preparing for the new legislation. Despite this, these plans can now be deferred and we will be well prepared for later this year/early next.

 We will be in touch in the coming months to help clients prepare and offer advice on remaining compliant with the changes to IR35 Off Payroll Working legislation. For further information or assistance on these, or any other issue, please contact us.