Introduction to Employer Responsibilities
There is a lot of information about becoming a Personal Assistant (PA) employer but there is also a lot of support.
Below is a breakdown of each of the roles and responsibilities. A social worker will be responsible for assessing need and works closely with the individual to ensure their needs are met. A Managed Payroll Service makes managing employees much easier by doing a lot of the regular employer paperwork efficiently. An Independent Support Organisation can really help with understanding all the relevant processes, and provide support with them, from the perspective of people who have lived experience of being PA employers. Indemnifiers are companies that manage insurance to protect the employer.
The social worker has most important responsibility because, as soon as someone has been assessed as having an eligible need, the social worker has a duty of care to that person. The social worker will always be an integral part of whichever option a person chooses. They provide support with the care package including budgeting and reviewing needs. If the individual has a health condition which is deteriorating or improving, the social worker would review this on a regular basis and amend the package of care accordingly.
Managed Payroll Service
A payroll service will not only register the employer and their employees with HMRC, but they will also process payslips, and arrange bank transfers of the PAs wages, arrange P60s and provide financial returns for the local authority (council). They may hold an account in the employer’s name, so they may not need to open a bank account.
An Independent Support Organisation
Connecting with a local Independent Support Organisation can be an important way to access daily support.They provide information associated with becoming an employer, the associated paperwork and systems. This support can range from advertising for PAs to terminating employment.
The indemnifier is the organisation that manages the required insurance. As well as the Independent Support Organisation, they will advise on constructing contracts. They will ensure PA holiday entitlement, disciplinary procedures, and other processes are all administered legally and offer a 24/7 employment law advice service.
The PA Employer
The PA Employer has the remaining responsibility. This involves the daily management of and the relationship with staff. Help is available for everything else.
Take a look at the article on ‘Is Being a PA Employer for me?’