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How could off-payroll reforms impact the labour market?

6 March 2020

The House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee will take evidence from the Unite union and the Centre for Research on Self-Employment.


This evidence session will focus on the modern labour market and the gig economy, and the consequences for labour provision in the UK of the proposed IR35 changes.


Monday 9 March in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.15pm

  • Siobhan Endean, National Officer for Equalities at Unite the  union (Unite)
  • Professor Patricia Leighton, Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE)

Questions will include

  • What factors have influenced the big increase in the use of personal service companies?
  • How easy is it to test for "false self-employment"?
  • How do the proposed IR35 changes relate to the wider context of changes in working arrangements within the wider economy?
  • How should employment law and the tax rules around employment status be aligned?
  • Will there be any change in the use of umbrella or similar companies as a result of the extension of the proposed rules to the private sector?
  • Could the Government's policy objectives have been achieved in a better and simpler way?

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