Legislation/Regulation

CEST assessment rejected by judge

A contractor has successfully proved at an employment tribunal that IR35 was wrongly applied in his case.

Public sector 16 October 2018

Recruiters urged to review sexual harassment policies to protect workers

Recruiters have been urged to review their sexual harassment policies in light of government plans to ban firms from using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to stop victims of sexual harassment going to the police.

Legal, HR 15 October 2018

Report suggests private sector off-payroll battle is over

The battle to stop off-payroll rules being extended into the private sector appears to be lost, according to reports.

Public sector 12 October 2018

Recruitment employee set to receive £1m after MD’s punch leaves him brain damaged

A sales manager at a Northampton-based recruitment agency is set to receive £1m after he was punched in the face by his boss, leaving him seriously brain damaged.

Transport & logistics 12 October 2018

Second man arrested in GLAA Barnsley car wash raid

A second man has been arrested in connection with raids by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) at two hand car washes in the Barnsley area last week.

Industrial/Manufacturing 12 October 2018

Don’t copy gender processes if ethnicity pay gap reporting is introduced

Recruiters have been urged not to simply replicate processes to assess gender pay gap reporting when reporting their ethnicity pay gap.

11 October 2018

Recruiters: put mental health at top of your agenda

Recruiters who fail to have an effective mental health policy in place run the risk of breaching both health & safety and equality legislation.

10 October 2018

ASA slams ‘job’ ad by Aston James Consulting

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against a recruitment agency found to have been advertising a training course rather than an actual job.

Marketing, IT/Telecoms 10 October 2018

GLAA dawn raid nabs suspected gangmaster in South Wales

A man has been arrested on suspicion of labour exploitation offences after an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in South Wales.

Career in recruitment gives arrested man second chance

A man caught by police in possession of cannabis with intent to supply has rebuilt his life by becoming a recruiter.

Construction & property 8 October 2018

Family gang jailed and man arrested for modern slavery offences

A family-based gang of people traffickers has been jailed and in a separate incident a man has been arrested for modern slavery offences.

Recruiters must ensure agency staff don’t let employers steal their tips

Recruiters have a vital role to play in raising awareness among agency workers in Britain’s bars, restaurants and cafés about the government’s commitment to ensure their tips are their own.

Hospitality/Leisure 5 October 2018

Recruiters urge government to get tough with late payers

Recruiters have urged government to introduce a prompt payment ombudsman, as well take a “common sense” approach to end the scourge of late payment.

4 October 2018

REC takes to the floor at Tory Party conference

The REC has been reporting back from all the major party conferences. Finally, we have the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

GLAA rescues modern slavery victim living in shed for 40 years

A potential modern slavery victim, who investigators believe has been living in a 6ft shed in Cumbria for 40 years, has been rescued by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

4 October 2018

Apprenticeship Levy reforms don’t go far enough, says Randstad’s Bull

The CEO of recruitment giant Randstad in the UK & Ireland has called the Apprenticeship Levy “flawed, unfair, ineffective and an unjustifiable tax”.

PM agrees to MAC’s global high-skilled workers proposals, not just EU workers

The Prime Minister has committed to acting on a Migration Advisory Committee recommendation that EU citizens will not benefit from preferential treatment over non-EU people once the UK ends EU free movement post-Brexit.

2 October 2018

Recruiters reminded of importance of paying data fee as ICO issues fines

A least one recruiter is among 34 organisations the Information Commissioner’s Office has taken action against for failing to pay the new data protection fee.

IT/Telecoms 27 September 2018

Man arrested in GLAA operation for modern slavery offences

A man has been arrested on suspicion of a modern slavery offence in Birmingham.

27 September 2018

Labour’s Substitute Teacher Register could be costlier for schools, say recruiters

Recruiters have questioned whether a Labour proposal for a new Substitute Teacher Register, aimed at ending the “spiralling” cost to schools of hiring supply teachers, is workable.

Public sector, Education 25 September 2018

Contractor wins case against HMRC for unpaid holiday

A contractor has won a case brought against HM Revenue & Customs in a claim for more than £4k in unpaid holiday pay.

Public sector, HR 24 September 2018

HMRC prioritises recruitment sector in NMW crackdown

Recruitment has been one of the sectors prioritised by HM Revenue & Customs in a crackdown to enforce National Minimum Wage (NMW) rules.

Retail, Social care 24 September 2018

GLAA introduces new licensing standards from October

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is to introduce new licensing standards to better protect vulnerable and exploited workers at the start of next month.

Agriculture 21 September 2018

Migration recommendations offer ‘mixed’ bag for recruiters

The latest Brexit migration recommendations represent a “mixed” bag for recruiters – making it easier to place skilled candidates but also resulting in rising costs for their clients.

Social care, Transport & logistics 19 September 2018

Candidates’ past online comments can cause problems for recruiters in the future

Recruiters have been urged to be alive to the risks connected to the vetting of candidates on behalf of clients, in cases where a candidate’s controversial social media posts subsequently come to light.

Creative/Digital/Media 17 September 2018

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