The inaugural meeting of a group created in order to advise the government on an area of the UK's employment law has been welcomed by an expert in the industry.
According to Gillian Econopouly, head of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the IR35 Forum will help HMRC to administer the rules of the IR35 legislation - which was introduced in April 2000 - more fairly and effectively.
The body was established following chancellor George Osborne's decision to leave the law in place - but with improved administration - after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance came to power in May 2010.
It comprises members of organisations such as the REC and held its opening summit last week, a step which Ms Econopouly regards as positive.
"We are pleased that the IR35 Forum is now up and running … whilst we would have preferred to see a more drastic reform this does create an opportunity for genuine improvements," she noted.
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