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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

Family gang jailed and man arrested for modern slavery offences

A family-based gang of people traffickers has been jailed and in a separate incident a man has been arrested for modern slavery offences.

Recruiters must ensure agency staff don’t let employers steal their tips

Recruiters have a vital role to play in raising awareness among agency workers in Britain’s bars, restaurants and cafés about the government’s commitment to ensure their tips are their own.

Hospitality/Leisure 5 October 2018

Recruiters urge government to get tough with late payers

Recruiters have urged government to introduce a prompt payment ombudsman, as well take a “common sense” approach to end the scourge of late payment.

4 October 2018

REC takes to the floor at Tory Party conference

The REC has been reporting back from all the major party conferences. Finally, we have the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

GLAA rescues modern slavery victim living in shed for 40 years

A potential modern slavery victim, who investigators believe has been living in a 6ft shed in Cumbria for 40 years, has been rescued by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

4 October 2018

Apprenticeship Levy reforms don’t go far enough, says Randstad’s Bull

The CEO of recruitment giant Randstad in the UK & Ireland has called the Apprenticeship Levy “flawed, unfair, ineffective and an unjustifiable tax”.

PM agrees to MAC’s global high-skilled workers proposals, not just EU workers

The Prime Minister has committed to acting on a Migration Advisory Committee recommendation that EU citizens will not benefit from preferential treatment over non-EU people once the UK ends EU free movement post-Brexit.

2 October 2018

Recruiters reminded of importance of paying data fee as ICO issues fines

A least one recruiter is among 34 organisations the Information Commissioner’s Office has taken action against for failing to pay the new data protection fee.

IT/Telecoms 27 September 2018

Man arrested in GLAA operation for modern slavery offences

A man has been arrested on suspicion of a modern slavery offence in Birmingham.

27 September 2018

UK government leads countries to tackle modern slavery in the supply chain

The US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK have developed a set of principles for nations to adopt in a bid to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains.

26 September 2018

Labour’s Substitute Teacher Register could be costlier for schools, say recruiters

Recruiters have questioned whether a Labour proposal for a new Substitute Teacher Register, aimed at ending the “spiralling” cost to schools of hiring supply teachers, is workable.

Public sector, Education 25 September 2018

Contractor wins case against HMRC for unpaid holiday

A contractor has won a case brought against HM Revenue & Customs in a claim for more than £4k in unpaid holiday pay.

Public sector, HR 24 September 2018

HMRC prioritises recruitment sector in NMW crackdown

Recruitment has been one of the sectors prioritised by HM Revenue & Customs in a crackdown to enforce National Minimum Wage (NMW) rules.

Retail, Social care 24 September 2018

GLAA introduces new licensing standards from October

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is to introduce new licensing standards to better protect vulnerable and exploited workers at the start of next month.

Agriculture 21 September 2018

Migration recommendations offer ‘mixed’ bag for recruiters

The latest Brexit migration recommendations represent a “mixed” bag for recruiters – making it easier to place skilled candidates but also resulting in rising costs for their clients.

Social care, Transport & logistics 19 September 2018

Candidates’ past online comments can cause problems for recruiters in the future

Recruiters have been urged to be alive to the risks connected to the vetting of candidates on behalf of clients, in cases where a candidate’s controversial social media posts subsequently come to light.

Creative/Digital/Media 17 September 2018

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