Public, Legal & Regulatory matters
The IIM works with many public affairs matters on behalf of members. These include working directly with Parliamentary committees, Tax experts, legal advisors and other professional organisations such as the PCG (Professional Contractors’ Group) and the IoD (Institute of Directors).
The Board works to identify potential impacts on members through Legal changes, Governmental Policy changes, Tax changes and Insurance, pensions and any other matters affecting members work, health, safety and benefits.
We also monitor and contribute to, where possible, all outputs from the EU which may override or impact on members.
Currently we are actively engaged in:
- Working with other organisations and being consulted by HMRC and the Government about the “Controlling Persons” proposals, outlining our assessment of the implications for our profession and for the UK flexible economy as a whole.
- Assessing how to manage the new ways of operating for Interims in public sector roles, with the ‘Danny Alexander Review’ in mind.
The IIM is also a member of the Genesis Initiative’s Senate, and with a few other Genesis member bodies amongst others, and Tom Brass* (see below) recently attended a Parliamentary Outreach seminar put on by Parliament to explain to small businesses how to lobby MPs and Peers to best effect. The speakers were two senior Parliamentary back office officials, an MP and a member of the House of Lords. There is a paper prepared by Richard Smeardon, who was one of those who attended with Tom, which summarises quite well what was said. All four speakers were consistent in their advice, and said, in essence, the effective routes are:
- Your local MP Contact details for Parliament
- An MP or Peer with a specific subject matter interest
- The Select Committees for the relevant Government department
We welcome suggestions and input from members and professional organisations which will help us to lobby or contribute any of the above.
Previously we have carried out extensive work resulting in improved outcomes for Interims in:
- Agency Workers Directive
- Working time Directive
- Pension changes
and have guidance, articles and position papers on the following:
- Lobbying Parliament
- Agency Workers
The lead Director for Public, Legal and Regulatory affairs is Tom Brass LLB, FCA, FCMI, MIIM
E: email@example.com T: 0800 030 4716
Tom Brass has been a Director of the IIM since 2001. A former chairman, Tom focuses a great deal of his time and expertise as a qualified accountant with a law degree, on Public, legal and regulatory affairs. This is key work for the IIM members as it highlights many aspects of our small business management which we would find very difficult to keep abreast of on our own.