Legislation/Regulation

Two charged with gangmaster offences in Liverpool

Two men have been charged with gangmaster offences in the Merseyside area following an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

16 May 2019

Act quickly with adjustments for mental health conditions, recruiters warned

Recruiters that fail to act quickly to put in place workplace adjustments for workers with long-term mental health conditions run the risk of being brought to tribunal.

14 May 2019

Use of HMRC’s CEST tool by Met Office and CCS criticised by contracting body

ContractorCalculator has raised further concerns over the accuracy of HM Revenue & Customs’ Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool.

Public sector 14 May 2019

Government uses gender-neutral language to find biggest talent pool

Recruiters should use gender-neutral language to guard against unconscious bias creeping into job adverts.

Legal 13 May 2019

Arguments rage in war of words surrounding HS2 contractors and IR35

HM Revenue & Customs has once again defended its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool following concerns raised over its accuracy.

Man stopped from providing workers to food processing factory

A man has been prevented from supplying workers without a licence following investigations by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in Devon.

HMRC refutes ‘blanket IR35 approach’ with Network Rail contractors

HM Revenue & Customs has said it has seen no evidence of blanket IR35 determinations in the public sector.

Recruiters warned ‘daddy day care’ taunts could lead to potential harassment cases

As some fathers face ‘banter’ for taking time off to look after their kids, recruiters have been warned to put in policies in place to prevent being brought to tribunal.

Legal 1 May 2019

Recruitment bosses warned of personal liability risks in breaches of workers’ contracts

Recruiters have been warned about the risks of being personally held responsible for breaches of workers’ employment contracts.

24 April 2019

EU Copyright Directive could hit memes that market jobs

Recruiters’ ability to use memes to market jobs on social media platforms could be severely undermined due to a directive backed by the European Union.

HMRC investigations into Apprenticeship Levy fees double

The number of investigations launched by HM Revenue & Customs into the underpayment of the Apprenticeship Levy has more than doubled in a year.

GLAA prevents man illegally supplying workers with enforcement undertaking

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) investigators have prevented a man living in Nottingham from supplying workers without a licence.

Industrial/Manufacturing 26 March 2019

No-deal Brexit? Don’t treat EU candidates differently

Recruiters should not immediately treat EU candidates differently, even in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, or they could risk falling foul of discrimination rules.

25 March 2019

HMRC should never have gone ahead with ‘slam dunk’ Lorraine Kelly IR35 case

After HMRC lost an IR35 Tribunal case against TV presenter Lorraine Kelly yesterday, industry experts have said that HMRC never had a strong case and shouldn’t have gone ahead with it.

Hospitality/Leisure 21 March 2019

Man arrested on suspicion of charging job-finding fees

A man has been arrested on suspicion of acting as an unlicensed gangmaster after allegations that overseas workers were charged ‘fees’ to find them jobs.

GLAA arrests Romanian man for worker exploitation

Officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have arrested a Romanian man on suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking offences.

Industrial/Manufacturing 15 March 2019

Spring Statement: Recruiters’ views on late payments, Apprenticeship Levy, contractors

Recruiters have welcomed government action on late payments requiring company’s audit committees to review payment practices and report on them in their annual accounts.

GLAA rescue modern slavery worker in Bradford

A Polish man believed to have been trafficked to the UK and exploited has been rescued by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in Bradford.

Industrial/Manufacturing 13 March 2019
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IR35's rocky road

Agencies, contractors and end clients face a bumpy ride ahead, as the changes to IR35 are extended to the private sector. Colin Cottell looks at ways to ensure a smoother journey  

11 March 2019

Government to unify labour enforcement bodies

The government has announced plans for a single labour market enforcement body, bringing several enforcement bodies under one roof.

7 March 2019

Police and GLAA dawn raids lead to five arrests in South-East London

Four men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking offences following dawn raids in South-East London.

7 March 2019

Trade bodies commit to working with government over private sector rules

Recruitment trade bodies have committed to engaging with government over the planned implementation of off-payroll working rules for the private sector from April 2020.

Public sector, Engineering 7 March 2019

ASA upholds complaint about holiday job claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against content placed by Ace Working Holidays that claimed the holiday company could secure jobs and accommodation for workers.

Hospitality/Leisure 6 March 2019

Consultation opens on off-payroll rules in private sector

The government has opened its consultation on implementing off-payroll working rules from April 2020.

5 March 2019

Recruiters urged to get NDAs in order before new proposals become law

Recruiters should review their policies connected to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

5 March 2019

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