Legislation

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 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

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

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

Government announces two new measures to support businesses affected by Covid-19

UK government has announced new provisions for supporting businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic currently gripping the world.

16 April 2020

Funding Circle advert slammed for not including personal guarantee information

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against financial services company Funding Circle for not including in a TV ad that a personal guarantee was required to take out a loan if individuals were associated with a limited company.

Marketing, Accounting/Finance 15 April 2020

Industry criticises publication of Home Office immigration guidelines

Home Office guidelines published today concerning the UK’s new points-based immigration system has sparked criticism from businesses and the recruitment sector.

9 April 2020

REC welcomes business rate relief for staffing firms

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed a business rate discount for employment businesses but has also warned against continuing to charge Apprenticeship Levy on furloughed workers.

7 April 2020

‘Further clarity’ on public sector contractor assignments

The government has given new guidance on public sector contractor assignments over the weekend.

Public sector 6 April 2020

Government updates guidance as commission payments now included in furlough leave calculation

Good news for recruiters – the government has amended its guidance on commission payments.

Sales 6 April 2020

Chancellor revisits CBIL scheme following recruitment industry lobbying

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has revamped the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) scheme following campaigning from two of recruitment’s biggest trade bodies.

3 April 2020
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