Legislation

Call for visa route for ‘independent professionals’

A dedicated visa route is needed for independent professionals or skilled talent.

21 May 2020

IR35 amendment fails to get delay in Parliament but battle continues

An amendment tabled in Parliament yesterday failed to delay the implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Tax rules for the private sector until 2023.

20 May 2020

Parliament debates delay to IR35 legislation

All eyes from the contractor community will be on Parliament today in anticipation of another round of activity around controversial IR35 legislation included in the Finance Bill.

19 May 2020

GLAA visits farms to give support during Covid-19 crisis

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) will be visiting all agricultural labour sites in the South of England and Wales over the coming weeks as part of ongoing support during the coronavirus crisis.

SME employers can claim coronavirus-related SSP from HMRC

A new online service will launch for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government has announced today.

19 May 2020

Government clarifies questions around holiday pay for temps

Questions around holiday pay accrual for furloughed temporary workers have been clarified by the government.

14 May 2020

Chancellor extends CJRS to October but with added flexibility

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), due to finish at the end of June, to October.

12 May 2020

Office openings could open employers up to legal disputes

Employers need to be aware of legal risks lurking in their workspaces, a specialist law firm is warning.

12 May 2020

Refs blow whistle on HMRC’s understanding of IR35 status rules

Judges have called into question HM Revenue & Customs’ employment test of what constitutes a self-employed worker by rejecting an appeal by the government tax body.

Hospitality/Leisure 7 May 2020

Relaxation of Right to Work checks welcomed as positive move

The government’s relaxation of Right to Work checks has been hailed as a “welcome dose of common sense”.

HR 31 March 2020

GLAA launches temporary licensing scheme for food sector

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has launched a temporary licensing scheme for the critical food supply sectors.

GDPR compliance for recruiters still holds true at home

Recruiters will still need to comply with GDPR during the coronavirus pandemic.

30 March 2020

APSCo reveals recruiters unclear how to access new CBIL loan

A third of recruiters are uncertain how to access the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL).

30 March 2020

Business as usual for recruiters except for furloughed employees

Recruiters will be allowed to contact candidates, who are furloughed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, according to a leading employment lawyer.

27 March 2020

Industry responds to self-employed support package

While welcoming a support package for self-employed people affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, government has been urged to get on with ensuring supported loans are available as soon as possible to solve Britain’s cashflow crisis.

27 March 2020

Recruiters warned not to chuck the redundancy rulebook out

Recruiters have been warned that the rulebook governing redundancies does not go out of the window – even in lockdown.

24 March 2020

Trade bodies plea for help for contractors and freelancers

While welcoming the government’s support for workers left unable to work due to the coronavirus outbreak, recruitment trade bodies have raised concerns over the lack of help for contractors and freelancers.

23 March 2020

Recruiters warned to check on hygiene level of clients before supplying staff

Recruiters may need to suspend sending staff to clients unless they are confident about their hygiene regime.

HR 19 March 2020

Industry breathes sigh of relief as off-payroll reforms postponed for 12 months

Recruiters and industry groups breathed a collective sigh of relief following the government’s announcement yesterday evening that it is postponing the introduction of the IR35 off-payroll reforms into the private sector for 12 months in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

18 March 2020

Recruiters welcome help to get former veterans into Civvy Street

Recruiters finding work for ex-service personnel have welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement in last week’s Budget.

Public sector 16 March 2020

Chancellor fails recruitment industry as coronavirus spreads and IR35 reforms hit contractors

The recruitment industry was disheartened at Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s failure to make mention of the extension of IR35 into the private sector in his Budget speech.

Chancellor sees past coronavirus and vows to get Britain building

A massive programme of government investment in infrastructure aimed at fulfilling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election promise to level up the country was the main feature of newly appointed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget.

Trade bodies call for proper definition of ‘self-employed’ and delay to IR35 extension

Recruitment trade bodies have called on the chancellor to use today’s Budget to legislate for a proper definition of the self-employed and delay the roll-out of the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector.

Recruiters could carry the cost of coronavirus with sick pay support

Recruiters could be left carrying the can should the government act on a TUC recommendation for emergency support for workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak, who currently miss out on sick pay.

HR 9 March 2020

Research shows contractors prepared to go to tribunal over IR35 extension

Six in 10 contractors says they are willing to take clients to tribunal for incorrect determinations under off-payroll rules set to be rolled out to the private sector from April.

5 March 2020
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