Legislation

IR35 review won’t deliver meaningful change say industry experts

Industry experts aren’t hopeful the government’s review into the implementation of off-payroll rules into the private sector will deliver any meaningful change.

Industry letter calls on Chancellor to delay new IR35 rules

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), along with leaders from 14 leading recruitment agencies, has written to the Chancellor to call for a delay and an urgent review into upcoming off-payroll rules.

21 January 2020

UK will lose out as EU workers hold off with settled status applications

Recruiters face losing thousands of workers on their books as new research reveals up to a third of UK-based EU nationals are yet to secure UK settled status.

16 January 2020

Cut the banter with applicants to avoid harassment claims

Recruiters have been urged to educate themselves against the inadvertent use of harmful “banter” at interview.

16 January 2020

Retail jobs will be ‘hit hard’ following minimum wage increases

Employment and jobs in the retail sector will be hit particularly hard by April’s rise in the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage, with young people affected the most.

Retail, Hospitality/Leisure 10 January 2020

Recruiters urged not to stop off-payroll preparations

Recruiters would be ill advised to halt their preparations for off-payroll rules in the private sector, despite the government’s promise to review the implementation of the extension.

9 January 2020

Not enough time for full off-payroll review say industry bodies

Recruitment and freelancer trade bodies have raised concerns over whether the timing of a review into off-pay working rules will allow MPs sufficient time to effectively scrutinise the reform.

8 January 2020

ASA upholds complaints about PeoplePerHour ‘girl boss’ ad

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against an ad placed by freelancer platform PeoplePerHour for perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes.

Marketing 8 January 2020

Government promises to launch review of changes to off-payroll rules

The government has delivered on a pre-election promise to launch a review of changes to off-payroll working rules.

7 January 2020

Recruiters shun the Golden State due to stringent labour laws

Onerous employment laws, combined with a high cost of living in California, is causing an exodus of talent – and making recruiters think twice about expanding to the Golden State.

Retail, Transport & logistics 13 September 2019

Government launches independent review into loan charge scheme

The government has announced an independent review of the controversial loan charge.

12 September 2019

International students can apply for work rather than leave the UK

Government proposals enabling international students to stay in the UK after graduation to find a job is great news for recruiters.

TUC class discrimination ban could create legal minefield

TUC plans to ban class discrimination in the workplace would be unworkable unless recruiters are given very clear guidance around the implementation of any new rules.

9 September 2019

‘Some sort of immigration permission’ needed for EU workers say employment lawyers

Recruiters should prepare for EU workers gaining some form of permission to work in the UK from November of this year.

20 August 2019

Don’t avoid auto-enrolment obligations, warn employment experts

Recruiters who deliberately try and avoid their auto-enrolment obligations to their workers run the risk of heavy fines from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) – even prison.

14 August 2019

Freelance organisations demand halt to private sector legislation

Organisations have written an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Sajid Javid calling on them to stop new contractor legislation in the private sector.

13 August 2019

Banning redheads in job ads could break race discrimination rules

Recruiters writing job adverts banning redheads from applying could be breaking race discrimination rules.

12 August 2019

Recruitment agency and MD prosecuted over pension avoidance

A Hertfordshire-based recruitment agency and its managing director are to be prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) on suspicion of trying to avoid providing their staff with a workplace pension.

12 August 2019

PM's plans to scrap ‘exceptional talent’ limit welcomed by industry

Recruiters have welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that he wants to scrap the limit on Tier 1 ‘exceptional talent’ visas.

Life sciences, Engineering 9 August 2019

Don’t just ask female colleagues to make the tea

Recruiters who expect female consultants to make the tea or coffee could find themselves being brought to tribunal.

7 August 2019

Ex-reality TV contestant praises supportive recruitment firm in coping with fame

A supportive employer has proven invaluable to a recruitment consultant in coping with fame following his stint on reality TV earlier this year.

‘Laddish’ comments made on chat group raises legal worries for recruiters

Recruiters should ensure offending communications have a clear workplace connection if taking action against consultants engaging in sexist ‘banter’ on social media platforms.

Legal, HR 1 August 2019

Understand rights of workers with disabilities and get to grips with Equality Act

Recruiters have been urged to gain a better understanding of how the Equality Act 2010 protects disabled workers.

29 July 2019

Three suspected human traffickers arrested in Luton

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after a major operation targeting a suspected organised crime group.

25 July 2019

Contractors will turn to umbrella companies thanks to IR35 changes

Most recruiters anticipate umbrella company usage to soar in response to changes to IR35 in the private sector.

25 July 2019

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