Working Rule Agreements

Civil Engineering Procedure, 7th edition, published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) defines a Work Rules Agreement (WRA) as follows: the agreements contain details on what workers must pay for daily travel and living expenses, accommodation costs, etc., and give workers certainty of what they can expect from their employers. However, in the absence of further guidance from HMRC, the tax status of the amounts covered by the agreements would remain uncertain. This is because rules on the deductibility of travel and living expenses can help to avoid labour disputes and simplify the negotiation process between a very large number of different employers and workers, depending on the length of the worker`s work on a given site and in such agreements. In addition, expenses such as travel and accommodation paid to workers under an EEA are not accounted for as tax revenue. Labor rule agreements are used in the construction industry and other similar sectors. These are national agreements between unions and employers across the country, which set the conditions for certain categories of paid workers per hour. The workers involved are generally workers at the company level, whose work takes place in a number of different locations and not in the employer`s premises. The labour regulatory agreement is concluded between employers` representatives and construction trade unions and sets agreed rates of pay at different levels of apprenticeship and crafts, as well as leave rights and workers` benefits. It also addresses other issues such as the end of working hours, health, safety and well-being.

HMRC explains to EIM 506055. how some employees in the construction and civil engineering sector can obtain travel and accommodation benefits under labour rule agreements, without the tax being deducted under PAYE. Employment contracts are concluded between employers` and trade union organizations, which define the conditions of many workers in the construction sector and related industries. All of the above elements have been agreed in the 2018 wage and terms negotiations. For questions about the changes, please contact Gerry Lean, Employer Joint Council for the Construction Industry, cijc.wra@hotmail.co.uk. CIJC Employers will offer a revolutionary two-year compensation and packaging system. Basic rates of pay will increase by 3.2% from 25 June and by 2.9% in June 2019.