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IR35: What does public-sector HR need to know about the April 2021 changes?

Author: Susie Munro

HR professionals in public authorities may think that the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector in April 2021 will not affect them. However, public-sector bodies need to be aware of, and prepare for, some changes to the rules.

Public-sector bodies will welcome the plans to extend the off-payroll rules to the private sector, as it will help create a level playing field when hiring off-payroll workers.

Local Government Association

Reforms to the rules on off-payroll working (known as IR35 or the intermediaries legislation) are due to be extended to medium and large private-sector organisations from 6 April 2021, bringing the private sector into line with the public sector, where the new rules came into force in April 2017.