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The 2019 agenda at a glance


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10.30: Registration and check-in

Network with other delegates and enjoy refreshments before the conference starts

11.15 - 12.00: 1-2-1 payroll surgery sessions with The Payroll Centre's tutors

Book a session with our payroll experts to run through any specific questions or issues you need support on

12.00 - 12.45: Lunch served

12.45 - 13.15: Conference introduction and welcome

Neil Hollister, CEO, The Payroll Centre and Luke Broadhurst, CEO, Reward Strategy, kick off the conference proceedings

13.15 - 14.00: Plenary session with our keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker will address the critical issues facing the payroll profession

14.00 - 14.45: The future of payroll update

Ken Gurr FCIPP MILM discusses the future changes in legislation that will impact on payroll professionals

14.45 - 15.15: Tea and coffee served

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Sessions

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 1 - Data protection in the future

A review of how GDPR has affected the payroll industry and changes with the Data Protection Bill

15.15 - 15.55: Breakout Session 2 - Trends and challenges in the payroll bureau

A roundtable discussion exploring the trends, challenges and best practices for large and small bureaux

15.15- 15.55: Breakout Session 3 - OpRA 12 months on, a benefits update

With grandfather protection at an end we review salary sacrifice in 2019, OpRA and changes to P11d returns under the new rules

15.55 - 16.35: Plenary session: Pension changes, reacting to Steady State

The pension regulator and pension management review re-enrollment, arriving at the steady state and the future of pension saving in the UK

18.30 - 23.30: Reward 300 Gala Dinner

The highly anticipated Reward 300 Gala Dinner will reveal the 2019 index.

DAY 2: THURSDAY 6th June

From 08.00: Registration, coffee and croissants

09.15 - 09.55: Plenary session: HR and the gig economy

Key speaker covers the latest issues facing HR and payroll in the gig economy

09.55 - 10.35: Plenary session - Employment law

Mike Tremeer, from Fladgate LLP, takes us through key areas that have effected the HR and Payroll industry with respect to employment law.

10.35 - 11.00: Tea and coffee served

11:00 - 11.55: Breakout Sessions

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout Session 1 - The Brexit update

With the article 50 triggered and the transition period started we review the UK's exit and its current impact on payroll and employment

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout session 2 - Workplace Benefits

What's hot and what's not when reviewing employee benefits, we look at case studies and benefit packages to understand value in real organisations

11.00 - 11.55: Breakout session 3 - The Ireland Update

In 2019, The Republic of Ireland moved into Real Time Information, the session explores reporting and outcomes for the change along with challenges and an update on Irish payroll processes and procedures.

11:55 - 12:30: HMRC "Question Time"
Following the format of the popular television program key stakeholders from HMRC and the payroll industry answer questions set by the audience.


12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch served

13.30 - 14.10: Breakout Session

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 1 - International payroll and HR update

Tim Kelsey takes the audience through important changes and updates in the world of international payroll

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 2 - Making tax digital - the accountant / bureau view

Small business have now moved in to Real-Time Reporting, this round table session explores lessons learned, client experiences and feedback from peers on good practice and process.

13:30 - 14:10: Breakout Session 3 - UK devolution in work and payroll

This session breaks the UK down in to the four devolved countries and looks and the employment, payroll and legal differences and specifics of each nation and what needs to be considered.


14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session 1 - IR35 in the public and private sector

IR35 - Off Payrolling working rules have been live in the Public Sector since 2017 and, with the announcement in the Autumn budget, we look at the process so far, the Check Employment Status for Tax test (CEST) and its implications in the private sector from April 2020.

14:15 - 15:00 Breakout Session 2 - Pay Gap Reporting and its future

The second "snapshot" date has past so we look at the results from the first return, changes for 2019, Executive Pay Ratio Reporting and what else is coming in the future.

14:15 - 15:00: Breakout Session 3 - NMW and employment status

This session reviews the changes, advice and support, and case law that effects employing and paying staff for the work they do (or don’t!), when, how are where they do it and how to treat holiday payments and what to include

15:00 - 15:15: Tea and coffee served

15:15 - 15:45: Employee well-being
This interesting session looks at how organisations develop an effective approach to employee financial well being, understanding the issues and worries employees may have and how organisations can assist

15:45 - 16:20: Conference round up, key learnings and what does the future hold?
We review key deliveries, statements and learnings from the conference, feedback and questions received from the sessions and what the future and trends look like being in the coming

16:20 - 16:30: Conference closes

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