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    If she isn't a "fee earner" and you are a "typical IT contractor" with a PSC, then I would be very careful about making her an employee, and paying her a salary.

    Under those cirumstances, the clerical/admin work in an IT Contractor's Limited company, typically takes 20-30 minutes per month. Her salary should be commensurate with the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    Thanks for the link, I didn't know what to search for.

    I asked SJD two or even three times at the time to try and get further details to understand that, and they mainly kept coming back saying that I needed not to worry, although not much explanations about why not. I've not checked QDoS Accountancy services to see how they compare to SJD (which were kind of expensive last time I checked)
    I meant speak to the QDOS insurances people. They specialise in contractors insurance so will know exactly what you will need in your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    Hi,

    Two doubts:



    Code:
    Limited Companies
    Another exemption applies here:
    companies employing only their owner where that employee also owns 50% or more of the issued share capital in the company
    This would exempt a situation where
    (i) a controlling director (50% shares or more of shares) is the only employee; and
    (ii) where two people work for the company and have 50% of the shares each.
    I noticed in another link that they mention one would need 51% of the shares, not 50%. Do you know why that might be? or which figure is the correct one?
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    Code:
    If you are a limited company consisting only of yourself, and manual and clerical staff, where you own more than 51% of the business, then employers liability insurance is not required.
    If you are a limited company consisting only of yourself, and manual and clerical staff, but own less than 51% of the business then employers liability insurance is required.
    If you are a limited company with more than one person then employers liability insurance is always required.





    Regarding this, do you know what is the salary figure that makes a difference regarding Pensions auto enrolment, or where to find more info?
    Re the EL I'm relying on:

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf

    Which says

    companies employing only their owner where that employee also owns 50% or more of the issued share capital in the company
    So I would go with 50% not 51%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica@WhiteFieldTax View Post
    companies employing only their owner where that employee also owns 50% or more of the issued share capital in the company
    But when they mention "employing only their owner", are they referring to the director?, ie, how would be classified a wife doing the admin work for the company if she's not an employee, or is she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    But when they mention "employing only their owner", are they referring to the director?, ie, how would be classified a wife doing the admin work for the company if she's not an employee, or is she?
    By owner they can only mean shareholder in context. Probably, but not necessarily, a director as well.

    Re your wife doing admin, unless a 50% shareholder she would be an employee for these purposes. The starting point is anyone paid under a contract of service, or anyone classed as a worker under EU directives, would be an employee, unless otherwise exempted (eg as 50% shareholder). I'm not aware of any other exemptions other than 50% shareholding one.

    However talk to your insurers it may not actually impact the policy cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica@WhiteFieldTax View Post
    By owner they can only mean shareholder in context. Probably, but not necessarily, a director as well.

    Re your wife doing admin, unless a 50% shareholder she would be an employee for these purposes. The starting point is anyone paid under a contract of service, or anyone classed as a worker under EU directives, would be an employee, unless otherwise exempted (eg as 50% shareholder). I'm not aware of any other exemptions other than 50% shareholding one.

    However talk to your insurers it may not actually impact the policy cost.
    I talked to them earlier on, and checked a few other sites, and although not much difference, for PL/EL there was a change from £100 to ~£200 depending on whether one had to insure 1 or 2 people.

    My wife is a 50% shareholder as well, hence that I don't know now if we won't require these PL/EL by law? The insurers didn't mention anything about exceptions, they just said... "just to be sure that your policy is valid, I would include 2 people", which coming from them directly is a little bit shocking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    I talked to them earlier on, and checked a few other sites, and although not much difference, for PL/EL there was a change from £100 to ~£200 depending on whether one had to insure 1 or 2 people.

    My wife is a 50% shareholder as well, hence that I don't know now if we won't require these PL/EL by law? The insurers didn't mention anything about exceptions, they just said... "just to be sure that your policy is valid, I would include 2 people", which coming from them directly is a little bit shocking...
    Any of them contractor specialists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    I talked to them earlier on, and checked a few other sites, and although not much difference, for PL/EL there was a change from £100 to ~£200 depending on whether one had to insure 1 or 2 people.

    My wife is a 50% shareholder as well, hence that I don't know now if we won't require these PL/EL by law? The insurers didn't mention anything about exceptions, they just said... "just to be sure that your policy is valid, I would include 2 people", which coming from them directly is a little bit shocking...
    Make your wife a director and then you won't need to worry about insurance and give excuses if HMRC ever come knocking on why she is paid so much for doing SFA. She has half the shares anyway and you are married so you can't exactly run away with the company money. Also just because she is a director doesn't mean you give her access to the company bank account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Any of them contractor specialists?
    Yes, they were QDOS - live chat support. Actually, first they said 1 or 2 employees shouldn't affect the price, but when I tried and the price almost doubled, they said... "ah, in that case, I'll put two to make sure the insurance is valid". I could have asked my daughter and get a similar answer... :S. hence that I am trying to clarify with other fellow contractors that might know due to different reasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Make your wife a director and then you won't need to worry about insurance and give excuses if HMRC ever come knocking on why she is paid so much for doing SFA. She has half the shares anyway and you are married so you can't exactly run away with the company money. Also just because she is a director doesn't mean you give her access to the company bank account.

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    Never thought about what implies that she is or she is not a director in our current circumstances. I'll need to research what that means for the short and long term...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    Yes, they were QDOS - live chat support. Actually, first they said 1 or 2 employees shouldn't affect the price, but when I tried and the price almost doubled, they said... "ah, in that case, I'll put two to make sure the insurance is valid". I could have asked my daughter and get a similar answer... :S. hence that I am trying to clarify with other fellow contractors that might know due to different reasons.
    An employee can sue you further down the line if there is a health or other problem that is covered by the insurance so the risk to the insurer increases. Even if you are married to that employee there is no guarantee that you will still be married in 10+ years time when the problem appears.

    Quote Originally Posted by mickael28 View Post
    Never thought about what implies that she is or she is not a director in our current circumstances. I'll need to research what that means for the short and long term...
    Google is your friend. The main risk is on her side e.g. you screw up with HMRC and she is also legally liable as a director. However as you are married you should trust each other not to do so.
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