Legislation

HMRC joins with ASA to protect people from tax avoidance schemes

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have launched new action to cut out “misleading marketing” by promoters of tax avoidance schemes.

2 December 2020

Treasury to clear up confusion with IR35 changes

Recent confusion around the status of umbrella companies in relation to the role of intermediaries in upcoming changes in IR35 should soon be cleared up, according to a written tax policy update issued last week.

17 November 2020

Recruiters felt ready for original IR35 roll-out in April

Nearly three-quarters of recruiters were ready for the new IR35 rules in April.

28 October 2020

Recruiter couple banned from running a business after exploiting workers

A team of husband and wife recruiters have been banned for a total of 21 years after exploiting agricultural workers, the Insolvency Service has revealed.

Agriculture 22 October 2020

‘Constructive’ FCSA meeting with HMRC over ‘errant clause’

The Freelance & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has described a meeting on Wednesday [14 October] with HM Revenue & Customs officials about an “errant clause” that recently surfaced in IR35 legislation as “positive and constructive”.

15 October 2020

HMRC calls meeting with FCSA to clear up IR35 ‘errant clause’

The revelation last week that wording in current IR35 reform legislation may threaten the involvement of umbrella companies will be discussed on Wednesday at a meeting called by HM Revenue & Customs with the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA).

12 October 2020

Clause in IR35 makes umbrellas redundant and makes agencies the ‘fee-payer’

An “errant clause” in the controversial off-payroll legislation that is due to be implemented next April has redefined ‘intermediaries’ and now appears to make the use of payment intermediaries redundant, according to IR35 expert Dave Chaplin.

8 October 2020

GLAA prevents woman illegally supplying workers to agencies

Investigators from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have used legal powers to prevent a Romanian woman from supplying workers without a licence.

21 August 2020

Be flexible with employee quarantines says employment specialists

What should you do if your employees are planning a holiday trip to France to brush off months of lockdown in the UK?

13 August 2020

GLAA order prevents Romanian couple from trafficking workers to UK

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has had its first Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (STROs) granted at court to prevent a Romanian couple from trafficking workers to the UK, the GLAA announced today.

13 August 2020

REC submits FoI request about spiralling NHS staffing bank rates

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has submitted a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to NHS Improvement this week.

5 August 2020

Implications of HMRC’s IR35 win in Hawksbee case unclear

IR35 experts say it is too early to say what the implications are of a rare win for HMRC in a case involving radio and comedy writer Paul Hawksbee.

Creative/Digital/Media 29 July 2020

GLAA rescues 10 Romanian workers from potential exploitation

Following the rescue of a Romanian woman from a property in Haverhill Suffolk, who was suspected of being at risk of modern slavery and labour exploitation, a further 10 Romanians have been safeguarded as part of an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

23 July 2020

Government commits to education and support for private sector tax reforms

The government has offered support for businesses following the new off-payroll rules affecting the private sector.

17 July 2020
Care Worker

Care sector in recruitment crisis under new immigration changes

Recruitment for care workers in the UK could become even harder under changes to the UK immigration system that were announced yesterday, it is feared. 

Public sector, Social care 14 July 2020

Job finding service helps those out of work for under three months

More details have been released today [10 July 2020] about the new online, one-to-one job finding support service announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this week.

10 July 2020

Recruitment industry benefits from Plan for Jobs support service

The recruitment industry will likely be a key beneficiary of the Plan for Jobs announced yesterday as part of a £40m investment in a job-finding support service in Great Britain.

9 July 2020

Man arrested in £495k furlough job scheme fraud

A West Midlands man has been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £495k furlough scheme fraud, the tax authority has announced.

9 July 2020

Chancellor hand-outs to stimulate jobs and economy

Vouchers for meals out, a 15% VAT cut on hospitality and tourism offerings, and a £1k bonus to employers who bring back furloughed employees were among the initiatives revealed today by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Retail, Oil & gas/Energy 8 July 2020

Parliament deals final blow to anti-IR35 private sector roll-out

It’s full steam ahead now for the April 2021 roll-out to the private sector of the Off-Payroll rules, following Parliament’s acceptance yesterday [1 July 2020] of the Finance Bill.

2 July 2020

SSP rebate rules hit temp agencies unfairly

Temp recruitment agencies are unfairly affected by the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate rules.

Airswift welcomes ‘positive’ fair employment licence changes in Singapore

New licence conditions being introduced for employment agencies in Singapore to promote fair hiring “are a positive change”, according to Airswift’s president for Asia.

Nearly nine out of 10 contractors are outside IR35, says Qdos

As recruitment agencies and employers prepare for the rollout of the off-payroll reforms in the private sector next April, nearly nine out of 10 status determinations to date resulted in contractors being deemed to be outside of IR35, according to IR35 specialist Qdos.

29 June 2020

PM serves up good news for hospitality recruitment

The reopening of England’s restaurants and pubs from 4 July has been hailed as “brilliant” by one hospitality recruiter. 

Hospitality/Leisure 25 June 2020

GLAA officers check up on farm workers in Cambridgeshire

The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is continuing its efforts to ensure regulations are followed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Agriculture 25 June 2020
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