Legislation

Don’t judge candidates on their appearance as research shows Gen Z feel discriminated

Judging a candidate or colleague by their appearance runs the risk of consultant and agency bosses alike being brought before a tribunal.

17 February 2020

Quarter of million contractors could walk off projects

The government is running the risk of around 250,000 contractors downing tools and leaving their clients in disarray.

14 February 2020

GLAA revokes licence of Southampton-based recruiter

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has revoked the licence of a Southampton-based recruitment agency with immediate effect.

Employment enforcement tsar calls on government to address workers’ wrongly labelled status

The UK’s interim director of labour market enforcement has called on government to address the thorny issue of employment status in its forthcoming Employment Bill.

Social care, Agriculture 13 February 2020

Third of contractors set to quit when IR35 rolls out in private sector

Around a third of freelancers say they’ll stop contracting in the UK due to IR35 changes set to be rolled out in the private sector in April.

13 February 2020

Recruiters split over calling time on daylight hours

Recruiters are divided over whether government should align with EU countries in extending daylight hours in summer.

13 February 2020

Recruiters ready to supply HS2 workforce but fear short-term skills gap

Northern Powerhouse recruiters stand ready to help deliver HS2 following government’s decision to give the controversial rail project the green light.

Recruiters urged to resist routine NDA use as Acas publishes new advice

As Acas publishes new advice aimed at demystifying non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and preventing their misuse, recruiters have been urged to resist routine use of such agreements to cover up unsavoury behaviour.

10 February 2020

Last-minute IR35 rule change by HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs have announced changes to the operation of off-payroll working rules.

7 February 2020

Recruitment sector welcomes Lords’ inquiry into IR35 extension

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry into the extension of the off-payroll working rules into the private sector.

6 February 2020

Restrictive covenant breach? Don’t write a letter, get a search order

What is the best method to prevent former staff members from competing with you once they leave your business?

6 February 2020

Legal experts answer post-Brexit questions on employment

What are the top employment concerns companies are raising with legal experts following the UK’s departure from the EU last Friday [31 January]?

Legal, HR 3 February 2020

EU workers fine on Brexit Day but EU jobseekers unclear on status

While Europeans working in the UK seem clear on their status, the same cannot be said about those seeking to move to Britain.

31 January 2020

Don’t hide behind banter in a job ad – it’s discrimination, plain and simple

Recruiters have been warned that a ‘just joking’ defence at tribunal to a job ad that explicitly discriminates against a particular group protected by the Equalities Act won’t wash.

28 January 2020

MAC calls for £4.4k drop in threshold for skilled migrants

The Migration Advisory Committee has called on the government to lower the salary threshold for immigrants to the UK by £4.4k.

28 January 2020

New global talent visa won’t help most UK businesses, say critics

The UK government has been accused of failing to grasp that the country will need a variety of types of talent to thrive in a post-Brexit world.

Life sciences, Engineering 27 January 2020

IR35 review won’t deliver meaningful change say industry experts

Industry experts aren’t hopeful the government’s review into the implementation of off-payroll rules into the private sector will deliver any meaningful change.

Industry letter calls on Chancellor to delay new IR35 rules

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), along with leaders from 14 leading recruitment agencies, has written to the Chancellor to call for a delay and an urgent review into upcoming off-payroll rules.

21 January 2020

UK will lose out as EU workers hold off with settled status applications

Recruiters face losing thousands of workers on their books as new research reveals up to a third of UK-based EU nationals are yet to secure UK settled status.

16 January 2020

Cut the banter with applicants to avoid harassment claims

Recruiters have been urged to educate themselves against the inadvertent use of harmful “banter” at interview.

16 January 2020

Retail jobs will be ‘hit hard’ following minimum wage increases

Employment and jobs in the retail sector will be hit particularly hard by April’s rise in the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage, with young people affected the most.

Retail, Hospitality/Leisure 10 January 2020

Recruiters urged not to stop off-payroll preparations

Recruiters would be ill advised to halt their preparations for off-payroll rules in the private sector, despite the government’s promise to review the implementation of the extension.

9 January 2020

Not enough time for full off-payroll review say industry bodies

Recruitment and freelancer trade bodies have raised concerns over whether the timing of a review into off-pay working rules will allow MPs sufficient time to effectively scrutinise the reform.

8 January 2020

ASA upholds complaints about PeoplePerHour ‘girl boss’ ad

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against an ad placed by freelancer platform PeoplePerHour for perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes.

Marketing 8 January 2020

Government promises to launch review of changes to off-payroll rules

The government has delivered on a pre-election promise to launch a review of changes to off-payroll working rules.

7 January 2020

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