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FCSA appoints independent panel to support Umbrella's dispute resolution agreement

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In a statement to Computer Weekly, the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association said the group will Umbrella companies offer a way to appeal CEO decisions

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    August 15, 2022 11:40

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has created a four-strong independent panel of experts to address umbrella issues involving what it considers members company disputes.

This organization provides certification for umbrella companies that wish to demonstrate to the contractor community that they are committed to operating in compliance

The independence of the association The Arbitration Panel (IAP) is made up of individuals selected because they represent the four key stakeholder groups that make up the temporary labor market, including agencies, accountants, employment attorneys and contractors, the FCSA said.

Its members are Neil Carberry, CEO, Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC); James Collings, Past President, Institute of Independent Professionals and Self-Employers (IPSE); Carl Reader, Accountant Chairman of the firm d&t Accountants; and Rebecca Seeley Harris, an employment lawyer.

FCSA said in a statement to Computer Weekly that adding IAP to the organization’s dispute resolution process means that if the umbrella company has reasonable grounds to question its CEO Any decisions made by Chris Bryce on behalf of the Board.

“Prior to the creation of the IAP, the CEO represented the board in making decisions on behalf of the board, which remained a process that provided the IAP with additional avenues of appeal where there were reasonable grounds for appeal,” Bryce said in a statement.

“The FCSA believes that this step will assure those who bring issues to our consideration that decisions have been duly considered in an open and independent manner.”

Generally, the types of disputes that require Bryce intervention fall into two broad categories: Members wishing to contest the refusal of their application to join the FCSA or the existence of an appealing umbrella company claiming that they have violated the Association’s Bylaws or code of conduct.

“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we can say that about 99 percent of cases do not require a formal resolution process,” Bryce said.

“This is a very positive step that clearly demonstrates FCSA’s continued commitment to independence and integrity. FCSA’s IAP members have years of experience in our industry​​​ Their collective knowledge of the issues facing the industry is second to none.”

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