HR

Employment Status in Primary Eyecare Companies

While most companies will not employ many staff, HR is still an important function of the Primary Eyecare Company. 

Employment status

In employment law a person’s employment status helps determine:
their rights and their employer’s responsibilities. The main types of employment status are:

  • Worker
  • Employee
  • Self-employed and contractor
  • Director
  • Office holder. Most PECs will not employ anyone but there may be some that do. An HR policy is available for both situations in the members’ area. Companies may make use of private consultants, for which a consultancy agreement will need to be in place

IR35

IR35 is a tax law which highlights ‘disguised employment’, where organisations engage workers on a self-employed basis and usually through an intermediary, rather than on an employment contract. This can save the engaging organisation a significant amount of cash as they no longer have to pay employers’ NICs, and it also means they do not have to offer any employment rights or benefits.

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PEC Training

LOCSU provides training and support for members of Primary Eyecare Companies (PECs).