Legislation/Regulation

Shortage occupation list needs radical rethink says immigration expert

New figures showing record vacancies prove the need for a radical rethink of the shortage occupation list, says a UK immigration expert.

Government moves to repeal ban on agency staff for striking workers

The government has today [23 June 2022] formally announced legislation that will repeal the ban on agency staff covering for striking workers.

Transport & logistics, HR 23 June 2022

MP Warman leads yet another review into future of work

The Prime Minister has asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into “how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market”, the government has announced.

19 May 2022

Industry rounds on government for no Employment Bill

Voices across the recruitment, employment, umbrella and compliance landscape have almost unanimously rounded on the government for failing to deliver an Employment Bill within the Queen’s Speech yesterday [10 May 2022].

11 May 2022

REC letter to health minister calls for equal treatment for NHS agency workers

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is calling for equal treatment of NHS agency workers with NHS staff.

Public sector, Social care 28 April 2022

Freelance workers see no advantage in using umbrella companies

A report from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) reveals interesting findings from freelancers.

25 April 2022

Fresh HMRC investigations into MSC legislation could leave recruiters exposed

HM Revenue & Customs has issued letters to more than 1,000 contractors, who it believes have breached the Managed Service Company (MSC) legislation.

13 April 2022

Firms save thousands on hiring veterans by claiming NI relief

Businesses that take on UK veterans will save thousands through National Insurance (NI) relief.

Legal, HR 13 April 2022

HMRC names and shames tax avoidance schemes

Tax avoidance schemes have been named for the first time by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on the government agency’s website.

HR 11 April 2022

Government ‘call for evidence’ on role of umbrella companies

The government has called this week for evidence on the role that umbrella companies play in the market, and how they interact with the tax and employment rights systems.

1 December 2021

RPO firm in allegations of conflict of interest with Treasury minister

A treasury minister has come under fire in connection with claims of an “untenable” potential conflict of interest involving a £15bn government contract with a talent outsourcing firm.

Recruitment firm Brewster Partners in breach of furlough rules allegation

A joint investigation by The Times and BBC File on 4 has uncovered evidence that alleges senior executives at recruiter Brewster Partners encouraged staff to work while furloughed.

15 November 2021

Three arrested in forced labour investigation of woman living in a cupboard

Three people have been arrested after investigators rescued a woman who claimed that she was forced to live in a cupboard by her alleged exploiters.

Hospitality/Leisure 8 November 2021

Industry’s opinions divided over Autumn Budget

The government’s so-called Recovery Budget has received divided reviews from the recruitment, business and economic communities.

28 October 2021

New inquiry launched into off-payroll rules in private sector

The House of Lords Finance Bill Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry on the implementation of the off-payroll rules in the private sector, and how these rules are working in practice.

HR 25 October 2021

Revolution for training for work is needed, REC tells government

Government must overhaul the skills system to solve current and future labour shortage issues, says the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Relief that right-to-work checks stay digital until next year

The government has once again deferred the ending of the digital right-to-work checks.

27 September 2021

Recruitment industry criticises NI increases for social care reforms

The announcement yesterday [7 September] of National Insurance (NI) and dividend tax increases to cover NHS and social care reforms has been roundly criticised by representatives of the recruitment sector and umbrella workers.

Public sector, Social care 8 September 2021

Charity criticises Home Office to update Employer Checking Service

An employment rights charity has hit out at a Home Office online platform designed to help employers check the right-to-work of applicants.

8 September 2021

Government tribunal service gets bill for wrong IR35 assessments

The HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is the latest government department to fall foul of HM Revenue & Customs Service’s IR35 legislation.

Legal 23 August 2021

Digital checks supported employers to hire thousands during lockdown

A Better Hiring Institute (BHI) roundtable, chaired by Keith Rosser (pictured) of REED Screening, called for the use of digital right-to-work checks to be extended.

17 August 2021

Recruiters among those breaching NMW and underpaying workers

Eight recruiters are among the 191 UK employers named by the government today [5 August 2021] who have underpaid more than 34,000 workers by £2.1m between 2011 and 2018.

5 August 2021

HMRC slaps tax fine on Home Office for wrong IR35 assessments

HM Revenue & Customs has been busy dishing out penalties for unpaid tax due to wrong off-payroll workers’ status.

Public sector 30 July 2021

TUC wrong to ban umbrellas, still a place for ethical firms

Continuing malpractice by some umbrella companies is HM Revenue & Customs’ failure to stamp it out.

30 July 2021

TUC calls for umbrella company ban

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for the government to ban the use of umbrella companies to employ agency workers, The Guardian has reported today (29 July 2021).

29 July 2021
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