In response to the coronavirus outbreak, a number of important dates have been moved. Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up.
31 December 2020 – free movement of EU workers due to end
The Immigration Bill is working it’s way through Parliament to pave the way for a points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021. The system will set out requirements for:
- Education level
- English language skills
- Occupation and proof of a job offer in the UK
- Minimum salary threshold of £25,600
- Immigration Skills Charge for employers of up to £1000 for each migrant employed
- £624 Immigration Health Surcharge for incoming workers to cover potential use of the NHS
4 April 2021 – Gender pay gap reporting
With coronavirus demanding time and resources, the 2020 deadline to publish pay gap has been suspended until 2021. The Government Equalities Office has confirmed they will not take any action against businesses who fail to report in 2020. If you’ve got great pay gap data though, you can still choose to shout about it now!
6 April 2021 – IR35 reforms
To support the economy, changes to IR35 designed to stop contractors working as ‘disguised employees’ by taxing them at a similar rate to employees, have been deferred to 6 April 2020.
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This update is accurate on the date it was sent (21 May 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.