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Deal or no deal, recruiters believe in resilience of business

Recruiters are divided over how damaging a no-deal Brexit would be for the UK’s labour market.

16 January 2019

Industry welcomes government commitment to review loan charge

Representatives of contractors and freelancers have welcomed the Treasury’s commitment to reviewing the loan charge that is due to come into effect from April.

10 January 2019

Government’s 10-year NHS plan no good without the staff

The NHS 10-year plan will be ineffective unless it is underpinned by effective workforce planning, claim recruiters.

Public sector, Life sciences 8 January 2019

Does Universal Credit discriminate against self-employed?

A single mother is taking the government to court over its Universal Credit system, claiming it discriminates against the self-employed and those in flexible roles where their earnings can vary from month to month.

8 January 2019

Army campaign raises consent concerns when using staff images in recruitment

Recruiters have been urged to ensure they secure informed consent from employees when using their images in recruitment campaigns or risk breaching general data protection regulations (GDPR).

7 January 2019

Immigration White Paper visa ‘too short’ to be attractive

The recruitment industry has on the whole reacted negatively to the proposals laid out in the government’s immigration White Paper.

Court confirms Uber drivers are workers

Uber has lost its legal appeal that its drivers are independent contractors after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that they are workers.

Transport & logistics, Legal 20 December 2018

Immigration salary threshold ‘would kill care sector’

Any minimum salary threshold for workers eligible to apply for a visa introduced as part of the UK’s post Brexit skills-based immigration system “doesn’t make any sense” and would “kill the care sector”, according to a care sector recruiter.

Social care, Hospitality/Leisure 19 December 2018

Watch out for gender stereotypes in ads, recruiters warned

Recruiters have been warned to be extra cautious when designing new job adverts in light of a new rule aimed at tackling gender stereotypes in advertising.

18 December 2018

Two arrested for trafficking workers in food services sector

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences in Lincolnshire.

Industrial/Manufacturing 9 November 2018

Nine jailed for recruiting Latvian victims in modern slavery abuse operation

Nine gang members who trafficked vulnerable Latvian men and women to Derby have been jailed for more than 33 years.
 

8 November 2018

Two arrested after man living in shed tells of having to work for food

A man and a woman have been arrested following the discovery of a potential modern slavery victim, who had been living in a concrete shed for the last four years.

1 November 2018

Carry out a business audit now despite delay in IR35 extension

Recruiters have been urged to get on with auditing their businesses now, despite a delay in the extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector.

30 October 2018

Recruiters divided over what Budget may bring for off-payroll rules

Recruiters are awaiting the chancellor’s Budget speech later today with bated breath, ahead of the confirmation of an expected extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector.

Public sector 29 October 2018

Illegal opt-outs cost recruitment directors and senior staff £280k+

Recruitment directors and senior staff have been ordered to pay more than £280k for plotting to illegally opt workers out of the company pension scheme.

29 October 2018

Students learn how to spot labour exploitation in the workplace

Students from an East Midlands college are to benefit from practical sessions designed to improve their knowledge of modern slavery and labour exploitation in the workplace.

Three arrested for modern slavery offences in South Wales

On #AntiSlaveryDay, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has released news of more labour exploitation.

18 October 2018

Recruiters back AAT’s recommendations for late payment legislation

Recruiters have voiced their support for proposals designed to end the practice of late payment, which they say continues to be a persistent problem in the industry.

17 October 2018

Recruiters urged to review sexual harassment policies to protect workers

Recruiters have been urged to review their sexual harassment policies in light of government plans to ban firms from using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to stop victims of sexual harassment going to the police.

Legal, HR 15 October 2018

Report suggests private sector off-payroll battle is over

The battle to stop off-payroll rules being extended into the private sector appears to be lost, according to reports.

Public sector 12 October 2018

Second man arrested in GLAA Barnsley car wash raid

A second man has been arrested in connection with raids by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) at two hand car washes in the Barnsley area last week.

Industrial/Manufacturing 12 October 2018

Don’t copy gender processes if ethnicity pay gap reporting is introduced

Recruiters have been urged not to simply replicate processes to assess gender pay gap reporting when reporting their ethnicity pay gap.

11 October 2018

Recruiters: put mental health at top of your agenda

Recruiters who fail to have an effective mental health policy in place run the risk of breaching both health & safety and equality legislation.

10 October 2018

ASA slams ‘job’ ad by Aston James Consulting

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against a recruitment agency found to have been advertising a training course rather than an actual job.

Marketing, IT/Telecoms 10 October 2018

GLAA dawn raid nabs suspected gangmaster in South Wales

A man has been arrested on suspicion of labour exploitation offences after an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in South Wales.

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