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Temple hit by tribunal

IFA RJ Temple could have to pay out thousands of pounds in staff benefits after an employment tribunal ruled a senior sales manager was an employee rather than self-employed.

RJ Temple is appealing against the decision but is placing all its senior sales team on contracts of employment.

Former assistant regional director Paul Meaden says his income was drastically cut after his role was reduced.

The tribunal said the degree of control over client ownership, working hours, provision of leads and freedom to work elsewhere showed an employer/ employee relationship.

But the Inland Revenue, which says it is not swayed by tribunal decisions, says IFAs paid on commission only and paying their own overheads are self-employed.

Meaden says: “I was treated atrociously. I was their top manager for 2000. They put me up on a pedestal and the next minute half my income stream was stripped with no redress.”

RJ Temple communications manager Liz Walkington says: “We are moving senior sales management to contracts of employment but have no plans to change the status of the rest.”

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