21 Sep 2017 10:42 AM

I was invited along with my colleague, Shahbaan Dholoo to contribute to a think tank held by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professional (CIPP) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

We were invited as members of the CIPP and joined ten representatives selected from a range of organisations including many blue chip companies and household names at the BEIS offices in Victoria last Monday. Everyone gathered around the table on the day was an leading payroll professional with valuable experiences to share. 

Lord David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement (LME) is tasked with bringing better focus and coordination to the enforcement of labour market legislation.

The aim of this think tank was to consider the issues that will inform the director’s strategy for 2018/19. Lord Metcalf sought our opinions on three main areas:

The aim to develop an intelligence hub, which would bring together information from various enforcement bodies and other agencies

The approach to enforcement, issues that are common to all enforcement bodies, eg what work can be carried out that will improve the awareness of rights and responsibilities to both workers and employers.

Issues specific to each enforcement body, considering HMRC, this includes systemic employment issues that are linked to failure to pay the minimum wage.

It was interesting to be part of a lively and interactive consultation and to have our opinions considered for future initiatives.  It was also good to share our experiences with our peers from other organisations.

To summarise:  It’s important for Government bodies and businesses alike to include the people who are dealing with issues on a day to day basis for meaningful feedback, both positive and negative. This ultimately helps create strategies that are more likely to be successful. 

What is apparent is that payroll is likely to become increasingly complex, which will be added burden for SMEs operating their own payroll. If you are having issues operating your company payroll, and would like to know how we can help please contact me.