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Loose Woman Adams case again highlights faults in IR35 legislation

Presenter and journalist Kaye Adams has won an IR35 Tribunal appeal case against HM Revenue & Customs.

Creative/Digital/Media 17 April 2019

Agency workers fight claim against staffing agency and Royal Mail

A law firm is pursuing a group action campaign against Angard Staffing Solutions and Royal Mail Group.

Legal, HR 17 April 2019

GLAA arrest second man as part of worker in shed investigation

A second man has been arrested by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) on suspicion of modern slavery offences in connection with allegations that a vulnerable worker lived in a shed and was exploited over a 40-year period.

17 April 2019

EU rules provide for greater protection for gig workers

The European Parliament has approved new EU rules aimed at providing greater protections for gig economy workers.

Retail, Agriculture 17 April 2019

Get to grips with new minimum wage levels to avoid being named and shamed

Recruiters have been urged to avoid some of the more common mistakes in complying with new NMW rules, which could lead to them being named and shamed by government.

9 April 2019

GLAA prevents two gangmasters from illegally supplying workers

Two people have been prevented from supplying workers without a licence in separate investigations by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in the West Midlands.

Recruiters warned of candidates bearing false degrees

Recruiters have been urged not to take degree certificates at face value in light of the closure of 75 websites that fraudulently offered UK degrees.

8 April 2019

Off-payroll rules and loan charge take centre stage in Parliament and for recruiters

Controversial off-payroll rules remain a concern for recruiters a year away from their implementation in the private sector.

Public sector 8 April 2019

New rules on payslips this week could land recruiters in trouble

Failure to comply with two amendments to the 1996 Employment Rights Act coming into force this week could see recruiters run the risk of being named and shamed by government for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage.

Instagram sharing comes with same warnings when chatting with candidates

Recruiters have been warned to be just as wary about using Instagram to communicate with candidates as other chat platforms.

28 January 2019

Stay off messaging channels when communicating with candidates

Recruiters should avoid communicating with candidates over social media messaging channels such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Legal 24 January 2019

GLAA arrest man on modern slavery offences in Ipswich

A man has been arrested by anti-slavery investigators in Ipswich on suspicion of modern slavery and unlicensed gangmaster offences.

Industrial/Manufacturing 24 January 2019

How recruiters deal with ghosting and GDPR regulations

As ghosting becomes more and more prevalent, recruiters have been warned to ensure their GDPR (general data protection regulation) policies take account of the emerging trend or run the risk of massive fines.

23 January 2019

Man arrested in joint modern slavery operation in London

A man has been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences within the construction industry as part of a National Crime Agency investigation.

Construction & property 23 January 2019

Settled status: recruiters warned of grey area between helping and advising

As the Prime Minister waives the fee for EU nationals wishing to stay in the UK post-Brexit, recruiters have been warned to avoid providing immigration advice on Brexit to workers on their books or risk being fined or even jailed.

Legal, HR 22 January 2019

Don’t ignore early signs of stress, recruitment bosses warned

<p>Today is Blue Monday – regarded as the most depressing day of the year – and recruitment is near the top of the professions where workers are most likely to experience stress.</p>

HR 21 January 2019

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

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