Legislation/Regulation

Relaxation of Right to Work checks welcomed as positive move

The government’s relaxation of Right to Work checks has been hailed as a “welcome dose of common sense”.

HR 31 March 2020

GLAA launches temporary licensing scheme for food sector

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has launched a temporary licensing scheme for the critical food supply sectors.

GDPR compliance for recruiters still holds true at home

Recruiters will still need to comply with GDPR during the coronavirus pandemic.

30 March 2020

APSCo reveals recruiters unclear how to access new CBIL loan

A third of recruiters are uncertain how to access the government-backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL).

30 March 2020

Business as usual for recruiters except for furloughed employees

Recruiters will be allowed to contact candidates, who are furloughed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, according to a leading employment lawyer.

27 March 2020

Industry responds to self-employed support package

While welcoming a support package for self-employed people affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, government has been urged to get on with ensuring supported loans are available as soon as possible to solve Britain’s cashflow crisis.

27 March 2020

Recruiters warned not to chuck the redundancy rulebook out

Recruiters have been warned that the rulebook governing redundancies does not go out of the window – even in lockdown.

24 March 2020

Gangmasters fined after agency illegally supplied workers to factory

Two men who acted as unlicensed gangmasters for an eight-month period have been fined following an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

Recruiters warned to check on hygiene level of clients before supplying staff

Recruiters may need to suspend sending staff to clients unless they are confident about their hygiene regime.

HR 19 March 2020

Industry breathes sigh of relief as off-payroll reforms postponed for 12 months

Recruiters and industry groups breathed a collective sigh of relief following the government’s announcement yesterday evening that it is postponing the introduction of the IR35 off-payroll reforms into the private sector for 12 months in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

18 March 2020

Recruiters welcome help to get former veterans into Civvy Street

Recruiters finding work for ex-service personnel have welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement in last week’s Budget.

Public sector 16 March 2020

Chancellor fails recruitment industry as coronavirus spreads and IR35 reforms hit contractors

The recruitment industry was disheartened at Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s failure to make mention of the extension of IR35 into the private sector in his Budget speech.

Big talking point: Roles, rules and regs: what you need to do before 6 April

On 6 April new laws come into force, which increase protection for agency workers and aim to promote transparency in the supply chain. How will this affect you?

12 March 2020

Chancellor sees past coronavirus and vows to get Britain building

A massive programme of government investment in infrastructure aimed at fulfilling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election promise to level up the country was the main feature of newly appointed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget.

Trade bodies call for proper definition of ‘self-employed’ and delay to IR35 extension

Recruitment trade bodies have called on the chancellor to use today’s Budget to legislate for a proper definition of the self-employed and delay the roll-out of the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector.

London calls on chancellor to up national funding for local jobs

London councils have written to the chancellor calling for an increase to “overall national funding” for local jobs growth ahead of today’s Budget speech.

Public sector 11 March 2020

Recruiters could carry the cost of coronavirus with sick pay support

Recruiters could be left carrying the can should the government act on a TUC recommendation for emergency support for workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak, who currently miss out on sick pay.

HR 9 March 2020

Contractors look to switch to perm roles finds research by Interim Partners

Around one in five contractors are now looking for permanent roles ahead of the extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector from next month.

9 March 2020

Research shows contractors prepared to go to tribunal over IR35 extension

Six in 10 contractors says they are willing to take clients to tribunal for incorrect determinations under off-payroll rules set to be rolled out to the private sector from April.

5 March 2020

Carry on preparing as normal for off-payroll rules

While the government’s promised light touch approach to extending off-payroll working rules into the private sector does offer some reassurance, recruiters’ preparations need to continue as normal.

2 March 2020

Government confirms IR35 extension into private sector

The government has confirmed it will proceed with the planned extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector from April.

27 February 2020

Recruiters urged not to go for blanket relationship ban

Recruiters would be ill-advised to implement blanket bans preventing their consultants from forming relationships with contractors on their books.

25 February 2020

Eamonn Holmes loses IR35 tax tribunal case

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has lost an IR35 case at a tax tribunal.

Creative/Digital/Media 25 February 2020

Ex-financial secretary says IR35 won’t be watered down

David Gauke, former financial secretary to the Treasury, has told an audience he thinks there would be “strong resistance” to any watering down of the extension of IR35 rules set to be rolled out into the private sector from April.

24 February 2020

Hirers worry about recruiting low-points workers under new immigration system

More than half of hirers have raised concerns about the new points-based immigration system adversely affecting their ability to recruit workers who don’t gain enough points.

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