Legislation/Regulation

Industry calls for health & safety clarity over Freedom Day

Recruitment’s trade bodies have called for clarity from government on health & safety compliance measures as the so-called Freedom Day in England (unlocking final pandemic restrictions) approaches next Monday [19 July 2021].

13 July 2021

Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours not the answer, says industry

A temporary relaxation of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules took effect yesterday (12 July 2021), and will remain in force until 8 August.

Transport & logistics 13 July 2021

Temp relaxation of hours, increased tests to solve HGV drivers crisis

Department for Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the retained EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

GLAA operation rescues three from hand car wash in Liverpool

Three potential victims of modern slavery and labour exploitation have been rescued during a raid by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) at a hand car wash (pictured).

Tribunal rules furloughed worker didn’t accrue annual leave

In what may be a landmark decision for UK business, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that a contract-for-services worker did not accrue holiday while he was on furlough.

30 June 2021

‘Don’t delay, apply today’ plea for EU Settlement Scheme

Midnight tonight is the deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, allowing European citizens to apply for post-Brexit residency in the UK.

30 June 2021

In-person right to work checks will hinder recovery says REC

More than 300,000 people a week could be delayed in starting work if the Home Office does not continue to allow Right to Work (RTW) checks to be conducted digitally.

17 June 2021

New watchdog to merge three bodies into one to protect UK workers

The government has announced it is launching a new watchdog to protect the rights of UK workers – the long-vaunted Single Enforcement Body.

8 June 2021

Industry hopeful for changes to curb unregulated umbrella companies

Amendments tabled to the Finance Bill that would either “curb or kill” umbrella companies could be discussed today [24 May 2021] as the Bill reaches the Report Stage.

24 May 2021

Proposals submitted to government to help regulate umbrella companies

Two experts have put forward proposals they say are needed to regulate the umbrella company industry, in the wake of the government’s failure last week to unveil an Employment Bill in the Queen’s Speech.

17 May 2021

Don’t ditch the digital identity checks, says Rosser

Returning to in-person identity checks from 21 June is “a daft decision”, the House of Lords has been told following a government announcement last week that the move away from digital checks has been postponed but not cancelled.

HR 17 May 2021

Addison Lee drivers are workers says Court of Appeal

In the latest victory for gig economy workers, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by hired driving company Addison Lee.

REC urges Home Secretary to review right to work checks

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has sent an urgent request to home secretary Priti Patel for a permanent review of right to work checks “to reflect the learnings of the pandemic”.

23 April 2021

‘Anti-naughty boy’ proposal in Finance Bill to ensure contractors are paid fairly

A proposed “anti-naughty boy” clause is in the works by IR35 specialist and campaigner Dave Chaplin to reform the Finance Bill.

22 April 2021

Sole directors hit by debt as still banned from financial schemes

As the UK’s ‘race to open up’ begins, limited company directors are still excluded from benefitting from self-employment support schemes.

20 April 2021

Cadbury’s call to exclude umbrellas could ‘shut down’ industry

An MP has called for changes to the Finance Bill which would, if approved, effectively shut down the UK umbrella industry.

Public sector, Social care 14 April 2021

Free visa extensions for frontline healthcare workers

Thousands of crucial frontline health workers and their dependents will be granted free visa extensions, home secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday [9 April 2021].

Amend off-payroll reforms says Parliamentary group

A Parliamentary inquiry on how contracting and freelance working should operate in the UK has called for the off-payroll rules that came into effect on 6 April to be amended.

9 April 2021

New dawn or stormy seas for new IR35 off-payroll working rules?

The controversial IR35 self-employed taxation rules being rolled out today are undermining the sector at the “worst possible time”.

Transport & logistics 6 April 2021

Readers respond to reports on IR35 reforms on recruiter.co.uk

Reports on recruiter.co.uk over the past week on the upcoming implementation of IR35 reforms in the private sector have received significant response from readers.

HMRC report finds most education institutions aren’t prepared for IR35 reforms

More than three-quarters of education sites do not feel prepared for the off-payroll reforms taking effect on 6 April.

Public sector, Education 31 March 2021

HMRC defends interviewee numbers in research into IR35 changes

HM Revenue & Customs has defended research published last week into the impact of Off Payroll Working Rules on recruitment agencies as “robust”.

29 March 2021

HMRC-commissioned report says most recruiters unaffected by upcoming IR35 reforms

A new report commissioned by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs says that most recruitment agencies have experienced “no impact” as a direct result of the upcoming implementation of the IR35 reforms for the private sector on 6 April.

Public sector, Marketing 25 March 2021

Sponsored: How IR35 Change is to Impact UK Businesses and How Staffing Firms Can Address their Concerns

IR35 – What is it about the regulation?

IR35, commonly referred to as ‘Intermediaries Regulation’ and ‘off-payroll working rules’, governs the tax status of contractors that provide services through intermediaries such as Personal Services Company (PSC). This HMRC designed legislation assesses whether the contractor is genuine or a ‘disguised employee’ operating as a contractor for tax evasion.

25 March 2021

Report highlights ‘problems’ for UK professionals with unrecognised EU qualifications

A House of Lords sub-committee predicts “real problems” for professionals whose UK qualifications are not recognised in the EU under the current Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

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