Legislation

Draft Bill clarifying worker status could hit use of agency workers

While a Draft Bill, currently passing through Parliament proposing the ban of zero-hour contracts, will offer greater clarity of worker status, it could also result in a dramatic decrease in the use of agency workers.

22 January 2018

Man arrested in collaborative anti-slavery operation in South London

A man was arrested in London last week in an investigation into suspected trafficking of Romanian nationals into the UK for labour exploitation.

Industrial/Manufacturing 16 January 2018

Be clear over social media screening, recruiters are warned

Recruiters have been warned to be as clear as possible with candidates over their use of social media in the screening process on behalf of clients.

Creative/Digital/Media 4 January 2018

Staffing firm tops government NMW name and shame list

Hundreds of employers, including six recruitment firms, have been named and shamed for underpaying the National Minimum Wage (NMW), according to a government list.

8 December 2017

Recruiters welcome May’s Brexit breakthrough

Recruiters have welcomed the government’s Brexit breakthrough deal with the European Union meaning EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will see their rights protected.

8 December 2017

Government’s careers strategy neglects older workers

The government’s careers strategy fails to adequately address the support needed for older workers wanting to learn new skills, according to UK professional people development body CIPD.

Gig economy

Gig economy legislation delayed

Industry figures are calling on the government to take a broader view when it comes to reforming the gig economy days after the Conservatives announced a further delay to its legislation proposals following the Taylor report.

Transport & logistics, Legal 7 December 2017

Britons will ‘starve’ after Brexit

England’s biggest winemaker, and supplier to 10 Downing Street, has warned that Britons will “starve” if foreign fruit pickers are not allowed into the country after Brexit.

Retail, Agriculture 6 December 2017

ECJ holiday pay ruling has ‘enormous implications’

Yesterday’s European Court of Justice ruling on holiday pay has “enormous implications” for employers and those who engage self-employed contractors, an employment lawyer has told Recruiter.

30 November 2017

Recruiters urged to go flexible to avoid sex discrimination rules

Recruiters should consider offering a flexible working option when advertising consultant vacancies or risk falling foul of indirect sex discrimination rules.

Rec-to-rec, Legal 30 October 2017

Two arrested in human trafficking investigation in Derbyshire

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority officers arrested two men yesterday in connection with an ongoing multi-agency investigation into organised human trafficking in and around Derby.

25 October 2017

Review intern hiring policies, lawyers warn recruitment departments

Recruitment departments should review intern hiring policies in light of renewed calls to ban unpaid internships.

Is Brexit’s breeze turning into an icy chill for recruiters?

While recruiters are certainly feeling the ill effects of Brexit through hiring uncertainty among clients, they’re divided over whether reversing Brexit would be a good idea.

Recruitment director banned for seven years

The director of a Birmingham-based recruiter has been banned from acting as a director for seven years.

13 October 2017

Top UK firms to have at least one BAME director on board by 2021

The UK’s top firms should have at least one board level director of an ethnic minority within the next four years, a new government-backed report has recommended.

Executive search 13 October 2017

Is the UK addicted to cheap labour?

The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce has rejected the notion that UK business is addicted to recruiting cheap labour.

12 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from SNP party conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment and Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences – Karen O’Reilly, stakeholder engagement manager at the REC, reports from the Scottish National Party conference in Glasgow.

12 October 2017

ASA upholds misleading claim against ‘modelling agency’ ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an advert casting for models, actors and dancers placed by First Step Modelling for falsely claiming they were a recruitment agency.

11 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from Conservative Party Conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment & Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences, REC policy team leader Philip Campbell reports from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Bonus pay could highlight gender gap in recruitment

Recruiters run the risk of disclosing huge gender bonus pay gaps between male and female consultants due to new rules not taking account of part-time working.

Rec-to-rec, Legal 3 October 2017

G7 countries vow to help workers as labour markets change

G7 employment ministers have agreed to do more to improve worker employability as labour market demands change.

2 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from Labour Conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment and Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences - Sophie Wingfield, a senior public affairs consultant at the REC, reports from the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

29 September 2017

Stark warning to recruiters for changes to Finances Act this weekend

Recruiters need to get to grips with new rules under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, effective from this Saturday, or run the risk of criminal convictions, unlimited fines and irreparable reputational damage.

Legal 26 September 2017

TfL’s Uber decision highlights vulnerability of gig workers

Transport for London’s decision to not issue ride hailing app Uber’s private hire licence highlights the precarious nature of gig working, say lawyers.

Retail, Transport & logistics 25 September 2017

Think tank calls on government to resurrect strike-breakers proposal

The Centre for Policy Studies has called on government to resurrect a controversial proposal that would enable recruiters to supply essential workers as ‘strike breakers’ as cover in the event of industrial action.

19 September 2017

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