Legislation

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

Legal scales

Workplace disputes will rise due to Test and Trace warns employment lawyer

The government’s new Test and Trace system could contribute to a rise in workplace disputes, an employment lawyer at law firm Irwin Mitchell has warned.

29 May 2020

Call for visa route for ‘independent professionals’

A dedicated visa route is needed for independent professionals or skilled talent.

21 May 2020

IR35 amendment fails to get delay in Parliament but battle continues

An amendment tabled in Parliament yesterday failed to delay the implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Tax rules for the private sector until 2023.

20 May 2020

Parliament debates delay to IR35 legislation

All eyes from the contractor community will be on Parliament today in anticipation of another round of activity around controversial IR35 legislation included in the Finance Bill.

19 May 2020

GLAA visits farms to give support during Covid-19 crisis

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) will be visiting all agricultural labour sites in the South of England and Wales over the coming weeks as part of ongoing support during the coronavirus crisis.

SME employers can claim coronavirus-related SSP from HMRC

A new online service will launch for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government has announced today.

19 May 2020

Government clarifies questions around holiday pay for temps

Questions around holiday pay accrual for furloughed temporary workers have been clarified by the government.

14 May 2020

Chancellor extends CJRS to October but with added flexibility

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), due to finish at the end of June, to October.

12 May 2020
Legal scales

Office openings could open employers up to legal disputes

Employers need to be aware of legal risks lurking in their workspaces, a specialist law firm is warning.

12 May 2020

Refs blow whistle on HMRC’s understanding of IR35 status rules

Judges have called into question HM Revenue & Customs’ employment test of what constitutes a self-employed worker by rejecting an appeal by the government tax body.

Hospitality/Leisure 7 May 2020

REC demands extension of business rate relief for Scottish employment agencies

The Scottish government must extend Covid-19-related business rate relief to recruitment agencies and other businesses not currently offered a discount, says the REC’s national account manager for Scotland.

7 May 2020

Recruitment industry asks for definitive guidance on holiday pay

Definitive guidance on the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) promised by the government cannot come soon enough for the UK’s temporary worker sector.

28 April 2020

Government ‘committed’ to rolling out IR35 reforms to private sector next year

The government has affirmed it is “fully committed” to implementing the extension of IR35 off-payroll working reforms to the private sector in April 2021.

28 April 2020

Lords call on government to rethink IR35 private sector extension

“A wholesale reform of IR35” is required, a House of Lords sub-committee has said in a report published today [27 April 2020] following an inquiry into the off-payroll working taxation rules.

27 April 2020

Schools wrongly make recruiters ‘banker’ for furloughed supply teachers

Recruiters are being asked to “basically act as a bank for the public sector”, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.

Public sector, Education 22 April 2020

Recruiters call for clarity surrounding agency workers and furlough

Recruitment leaders are calling on the government for clarity around furlough for agency workers.

Public sector, Social care 20 April 2020
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