Legislation/Regulation

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

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

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

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

Letters October 2017

Readers' responses to Recruiter articles online.

Public sector, Healthcare/Medical 19 September 2017

Joint GLAA modern slavery operation leads to five arrests

A joint operation by Derbyshire Police and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has resulted in five people being charged with modern slavery and human trafficking offences.

18 September 2017

Domestic talent can’t fix low-skilled job challenge say recruiters

Recruiters warn leaked government plans about how Britain’s immigration system could work post-Brexit risk major labour shortages, with domestic talent unable to fill resulting skills gaps.

GLAA investigates labour abuses in Blackpool

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has revealed its officers have interviewed a number of employees yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged worker exploitation at hotels in Blackpool.

Recruiters warned of risk from ‘ridiculous’ workplace rules

Recruiters supplying workers to clients in workplaces with “ridiculous” rules in force run the risk of being brought to tribunal.

21 August 2017

Recruiters on ‘name and shame’ list for underpaying NMW

Three recruitment agencies have been named in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s latest list of firms found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum or Living Wage.

17 August 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.

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

Employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims, which could also include claims brought against employers and recruiters for discrimination during the recruitment process, are unlawful.

26 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

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