Legislation/Regulation

Airbrush gender-stereotyping out of adverts, recruiters warned

Recruiters should guard against using gender-coded language in job adverts.

Sales, Transport & logistics 19 February 2019

Don’t discriminate against Brexiteers or Remainers

Firms should resist discriminating against overly pro-Brexit or Remain candidates when recruiting – even though technically they may be able to get away with it.

18 February 2019

Following clients’ wishes on not hiring young women could land recruiters in trouble

Recruiters have been urged to strongly push back against demands from any client wishing to avoid recruiting candidates who appear to be of childbearing age – not least because they could be brought before a tribunal for sex discrimination.

12 February 2019

Contractors don’t believe private sector is ready for IR35 reforms

More than three in four contractors have little confidence to manage the extension of off-payroll rules into the private sector from April of next year.

11 February 2019

Two arrested in GLAA raid in Oldham

A man and woman have been arrested following a modern slavery operation in Oldham, which also resulted in seven people being rescued.

7 February 2019

Agency worker awarded more than £22k damages from pregnancy discrimination

An agency worker found to have suffered pregnancy discrimination has been awarded more than £22k in damages.

Public sector 6 February 2019

HMRC refutes ContractorCalculator claims of CEST inaccuracies

HM Revenue & Customs has expressed confidence in the accuracy of its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) as the tool has come under increasing scrutiny.

5 February 2019

Get your cyber bullying policies in place to protect agency workers

Recruiters should have robust policies in place aimed at preventing cyber bullying protecting their consultants, as well as their agency workers out on assignment.

Legal, HR 5 February 2019

Midlands hand car washes inspected in scheme to protect workers

Thirty hand car washes in the Midlands are to be inspected and audited this month as part of an industry-led pilot project tackling modern slavery and lack of compliance within the hand car wash industry.

Industrial/Manufacturing 1 February 2019

Minor convictions ‘not relevant’ when applying for jobs following court ruling

The government may have to reform the current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) system due to a landmark ruling handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday.

HR 31 January 2019

Staffing firms ignore ongoing Brexit bickering and carry on recruiting

Recruiters are keeping calm and carrying on at the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

30 January 2019

Be wary of including time of experience in job ads

Recruiters should ensure clients that ask for a specific number of years’ experience in job ads can effectively justify their reasons for including it.

29 January 2019

Recruitment agency loses appeal against losing GLAA licence

A Boston-based recruitment agency, which had its Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence revoked, has lost its appeal against the decision.

29 January 2019

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

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.

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