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    Quote Originally Posted by man View Post
    Have you ever wondered why I'm with B&C despite them costing maybe double what I can get IR35 cover for elsewhere? They actually provide a bit of legal advice for no additional charge. I'm sure at any point if I take the biscuit they may decide to refuse to provide additional advice but so far I've managed to get a fair amount of good quality of advice from them on a range of issues including contract termination and these very regulations we're discussing here. I couldn't give a monkeys what the typical agent thinks, I only care that I get the result I want and they stop trying to browbeat me into signing what their boss told them to push.
    But you should as he is gonna think you are talk rubbish and attempt to pull your pants down. It's the same as when anyone threatens to sue him. No one ever does so he knows you are just talking rubbish. If you explain where and who you got it from then sure, he is likely to sit up and take notice but just dropping 'my legal adviser' in is likely to have the reverse effect.

    Particularly when the legal advisers advice is highly questionable.


    The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003
    PART II, Regulation 12:
    The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003
    I'm not going to quote the entire section because otherwise this post will end up being the length of an essay, but if you click the link it's right there in black and white (at least the relevant bit of the law in relation to withholding payment). And just to reiterate, this is the actual wording of the law. I'm not legally trained but it seems clear to me.
    That's interesting. I didn't know they had to still pay up if the client didn't. No wonder agents don't want Opt In contractors....but it doesn't answer the point you are quoting.

    One of our posters contacted BiS directly about whether or not an agent can force an Opt in. I can't remember the exact post but the upshot was that an agent can decide who it wants to do business with. If it only wants to take Opt Out contractors it can do so. It's a business choice.

    I think that's a fair point, well made - but that said I do like to be in a position where if things get disputed, I can tell the agent that they are breaking the law if they refuse to pay. It's got a bit more punch to it than a civil matter and may tip their hand. In other words, if they're deciding who to pay and not pay for cashflow reasons or whatever, do you think the guy opted out is perhaps more likely to not get paid? I do.
    I don't and I have never seen an agent fold because of the legislation. It's usually either sorted by negotiation/dunning or the matter just dies as it's generally not worth the effort to go to court over a single payment period, particularly if it's a week. It's law but it doesn't mean you'll still get paid.
    And the situation about paying who first if there is problems is getting so unrealistic it's hardly worth caring about.
    That and not getting a timesheet signed is a real possibility (for a load of reasons unrelated to performance, not just if you're rubbish), the conduct regs cover that off too.
    It does but again, makes little difference.
    Again, not legally trained but my unqualified understanding is that legislation trumps contracts, every time. Totally agree with your points that nothing is a certainty you'll paid, but the conduct regs do insist you get paid irrespective of timesheet.
    Yep you are right there now you've pointed out the clause about paying even if the hirer hasn't. That's clarified something new for me so v interesting.

    I'm not saying don't do it. You've made a business decision and stuck to it. Fair dinkum. I'm absolutely certain you are pinning more on it than it will actually deliver though. Just pointing that out.
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    It was IPSE that got that somewhat unhelpful answer from BIS a few years back. I reported it on here.

    But note my previous comment about paying workers... Not being paid by a specific client does not totally absolve you from paying your workers, if your cashflow allows you to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    But you should as he is gonna think you are talk rubbish and attempt to pull your pants down. It's the same as when anyone threatens to sue him. No one ever does so he knows you are just talking rubbish. If you explain where and who you got it from then sure, he is likely to sit up and take notice but just dropping 'my legal adviser' in is likely to have the reverse effect.

    Particularly when the legal advisers advice is highly questionable.
    OK I see where you're coming from now. Generally speaking I don't have issues with agents trying to pull my pants down once we're out of the first couple of minutes of the first ever call and certainly not at the later point of discussing opt out (because they usually wait until after successful interview to discuss, proving they don't have a clue how it works). But yes, perhaps others might be better not to do it that way as I can see it coming across like a load of bull if phrased poorly.

    I think the comment about the advice I've received being questionable is quite unfair unless you can quote some legislature to the contrary, as I suggest neither of us have the legal training or detailed knowledge to argue with a trained advisor. Especially at an organisation who's given me nothing but stellar service for a fair price (No vested interests to declare, I'm just a satisfied customer).

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    One of our posters contacted BiS directly about whether or not an agent can force an Opt in. I can't remember the exact post but the upshot was that an agent can decide who it wants to do business with. If it only wants to take Opt Out contractors it can do so. It's a business choice.
    I remember the thread. I also remember another thread (its name currently escapes me) that linked to a government operated website that provided an email address to report non-compliance of these regulations to, but I remember the feedback on the thread being that the receipients of that mail box didn't actually do anything to help or enforce, so pointless. Looking at it pragmatically, I agree. There's one decent size agent that comes to mind that won't work with you unless you opt out, and in my experience they make it clear every time they call or email you about a new opportunity.

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    I'm not saying don't do it. You've made a business decision and stuck to it. Fair dinkum. I'm absolutely certain you are pinning more on it than it will actually deliver though. Just pointing that out.
    Fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by man View Post
    I think the comment about the advice I've received being questionable is quite unfair unless you can quote some legislature to the contrary, as I suggest neither of us have the legal training or detailed knowledge to argue with a trained advisor. Especially at an organisation who's given me nothing but stellar service for a fair price (No vested interests to declare, I'm just a satisfied customer).
    The onus is on you to prove it's unlawful. I don't need to provide anyhing to prove there is no law against it.

    But I will...

    https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/...ml#post1524460

    So if B&C are tell you it's unlawful then at this point it's highly questionable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    The onus is on you to prove it's unlawful. I don't need to provide anyhing to prove there is no law against it.

    But I will...

    https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/...ml#post1524460

    So if B&C are tell you it's unlawful then at this point it's highly questionable.
    I don't think I ever said B&C said it's unlawful, that wasn't the aspect of the conduct regs that I asked them about.

    However, to refute that civil servant's opinion, I quote a ContractorUK article, text from David Buckle, head of employment practice at Cubism Law:
    "However, agencies should not try to influence whether or not the contractor opts out and cannot make this a requirement (see Regulation 32(13)) , no matter how strongly they claim to the contrary!"
    Opt in, opt out? What the employment agency regulations are all about

    Here is the link to the legislation mentioned in the above article (Regulation 32):
    The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003

    I wish the law wasn't so wooly worded and difficult to understand (I can barely follow the wording), so we end up with one law and numerous interpretations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by man View Post
    I do like to be in a position where if things get disputed, I can tell the agent that they are breaking the law if they refuse to pay. It's got a bit more punch to it than a civil matter and may tip their hand. In other words, if they're deciding who to pay and not pay for cashflow reasons or whatever, do you think the guy opted out is perhaps more likely to not get paid? I do.
    It's still a civil matter, a very complicated one at that because even if you haven't opted out you aren't necessarily opted in unless you have a specific clause in your contract.

    i.e. it would need to be explicit. That is because contractors are implicitly opted out. To be able to use this clause your contract should reflect that you are opted in with clear statements about your relationship to the client.

    Having read about disputes on this forum extensively I've never heard of anyone invoking this law to get paid.

    Sure theoretically it might work, but it isn't worth turning a contract down to sit on the bench for two months. I think the opt in gives a contractor nothing more than a false sense of security.
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    Quote Originally Posted by man View Post
    I wish the law wasn't so wooly worded and difficult to understand (I can barely follow the wording), so we end up with one law and numerous interpretations.
    Damn straight. Even on as simple as whether then can force you to Opt out. You'd think that wouldn't be hard to clarify.

    If we struggle then christ knows how the agents manage. Try asking an agent the difference between introduction and supply. They'll just pick the meaning that suits them everytime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malvolio View Post
    Not quite. Remember what the AWR is actually there to do: .
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Huh? Where did that come from?
    Oops...

    I mean, of course, the
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