Legislation

Uber ruling has ‘huge’ impact on gig economy

Gig economy worker employment rights have once again hit the headlines as taxi-hailing app firm Uber loses an appeal surrounding its drivers.

Transport & logistics 13 November 2017

Three arrested in Kent in modern slavery operation

Two men and one woman were arrested in Kent today in connection with a Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority investigation into modern slavery in the poultry industry.

Recruiters claim IR35 rule change in the private sector would be a ‘logistical nightmare’

Recruiters have rounded on a suggestion that controversial ‘off payroll’ legislation could be extended from the public sector into the private sector as an attack on flexible working and a “logistical nightmare”.

Public sector 31 October 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

No government U-turn on Apprenticeship Levy

The government says it has no plans to make changes to the Apprenticeship Levy, despite widespread criticism of its effects on the recruitment industry and on the ability of temporary workers to benefit.

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Apprenticeship Levy costs hit agencies hard

Senior executives at two of the UK’s largest recruiters say that together it is costing them around £4.5m a year.

Harsh warning for recruiters who ignore new data protection rules

An employment lawyer has warned it may already be too late for recruiters that have failed to prepare for new data protection rules.

7 August 2017

Migration system must be evidence-based, say recruitment bodies

Recruitment trade bodies have called on government to ensure the UK’s new migration system is based on evidence about the skills the country needs to thrive post-Brexit.

Public sector, Social care 27 July 2017

Government gets tough on labour abuse and online job scams

The government is getting tough on labour exploitation and online job scams, with both the employment minister and director of labour market enforcement highlighting the issue today.

25 July 2017

Recruiters press for longer freedom of movement

Recruiters have called on government to extend freedom of movement for a further four years after Brexit.

Recruiters call for clarity over Scotland post-Brexit

Scottish recruiters have called on the government to develop a clear, coherent approach to immigration post-Brexit, regardless of whether Holyrood successfully secures different arrangements to the rest of the UK.

Retail, Hospitality/Leisure 20 July 2017

GLAA boss seeks to allay Brexit fears

The executive director of the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) has sought to allay fears that Brexit will hamper its ability to tackle people trafficking, labour exploitation and modern slavery.

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EASI remit could escalate

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate's remit could expand.

18 July 2017

Taylor recommends abolishing Swedish Derogation

The ‘Swedish Derogation’ clause in the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) should be abolished, under a recommendation by the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

12 July 2017

Trade bodies weigh in to Taylor Review debate

Recruitment trade bodies have voiced their concerns about several aspects within the Taylor Review of modern employment practices.

12 July 2017

Taylor Review: Agency workers can request direct contract after a year

Granting agency workers the right to request a direct contract of employment after a year working with an employer is one of the standout recommendations affecting the world of agency work in the Taylor Review, published this morning.

11 July 2017

‘Dependent contractor’ status among the main Taylor Review benefits for gig workers

A new ‘dependent contractor’ status that will see gig economy workers benefit from sick pay and holiday leave is to feature among the recommendations of the Taylor Review, according to reports.

Legal 10 July 2017

Resolution Foundation sets out its NMW proposal

Think tank Resolution Foundation has suggested that a minimum wage be put in place for workers currently classified as “self-employed” who do not control what prices are set for their services.

GLAA hits back at labour exploitation with new powers

New powers given to the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have already seen positive results following the authority’s extended remit.

Public sector, Agriculture 3 July 2017

Don’t make immigration policies on a ‘political whim’ says REC

Put impartial expertise before politics, is the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s plea to policy makers.

29 June 2017

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