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