Legislation

Recruitment industry criticises NI increases for social care reforms

The announcement yesterday [7 September] of National Insurance (NI) and dividend tax increases to cover NHS and social care reforms has been roundly criticised by representatives of the recruitment sector and umbrella workers.

Public sector, Social care 8 September 2021

Charity criticises Home Office to update Employer Checking Service

An employment rights charity has hit out at a Home Office online platform designed to help employers check the right-to-work of applicants.

8 September 2021

Government tribunal service gets bill for wrong IR35 assessments

The HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is the latest government department to fall foul of HM Revenue & Customs Service’s IR35 legislation.

Legal 23 August 2021

Digital checks supported employers to hire thousands during lockdown

A Better Hiring Institute (BHI) roundtable, chaired by Keith Rosser (pictured) of REED Screening, called for the use of digital right-to-work checks to be extended.

17 August 2021

Recruiters among those breaching NMW and underpaying workers

Eight recruiters are among the 191 UK employers named by the government today [5 August 2021] who have underpaid more than 34,000 workers by £2.1m between 2011 and 2018.

5 August 2021

HMRC slaps tax fine on Home Office for wrong IR35 assessments

HM Revenue & Customs has been busy dishing out penalties for unpaid tax due to wrong off-payroll workers’ status.

Public sector 30 July 2021

TUC wrong to ban umbrellas, still a place for ethical firms

Continuing malpractice by some umbrella companies is HM Revenue & Customs’ failure to stamp it out.

30 July 2021

DWP owes £88m in off-payroll errors due to HMRC CEST

The Department for Work and Pensions has found itself owing HM Revenue & Customs nearly £88m for “historic errors” in assessing tax liability for DWP off-payroll workers over the period 2017-21.

Public sector 28 July 2021

Labour Party plans to create single ‘worker’ status

Labour has announced plans to give people security in employment with the creation of a single ‘worker’ status.

27 July 2021

Cadbury’s call to exclude umbrellas could ‘shut down’ industry

An MP has called for changes to the Finance Bill which would, if approved, effectively shut down the UK umbrella industry.

Public sector, Social care 14 April 2021

Free visa extensions for frontline healthcare workers

Thousands of crucial frontline health workers and their dependents will be granted free visa extensions, home secretary Priti Patel announced on Friday [9 April 2021].

Amend off-payroll reforms says Parliamentary group

A Parliamentary inquiry on how contracting and freelance working should operate in the UK has called for the off-payroll rules that came into effect on 6 April to be amended.

9 April 2021

New dawn or stormy seas for new IR35 off-payroll working rules?

The controversial IR35 self-employed taxation rules being rolled out today are undermining the sector at the “worst possible time”.

Transport & logistics 6 April 2021

Readers respond to reports on IR35 reforms on recruiter.co.uk

Reports on recruiter.co.uk over the past week on the upcoming implementation of IR35 reforms in the private sector have received significant response from readers.

HMRC report finds most education institutions aren’t prepared for IR35 reforms

More than three-quarters of education sites do not feel prepared for the off-payroll reforms taking effect on 6 April.

Public sector, Education 31 March 2021

HMRC defends interviewee numbers in research into IR35 changes

HM Revenue & Customs has defended research published last week into the impact of Off Payroll Working Rules on recruitment agencies as “robust”.

29 March 2021

HMRC-commissioned report says most recruiters unaffected by upcoming IR35 reforms

A new report commissioned by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs says that most recruitment agencies have experienced “no impact” as a direct result of the upcoming implementation of the IR35 reforms for the private sector on 6 April.

Public sector, Marketing 25 March 2021

Report highlights ‘problems’ for UK professionals with unrecognised EU qualifications

A House of Lords sub-committee predicts “real problems” for professionals whose UK qualifications are not recognised in the EU under the current Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).

HMRC highlights employment-based avoidance schemes for contractors and agency workers

An updated version of a tax avoidance report from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) accuses promoters of such schemes of targeting NHS workers who went back to work in the Covid-19 crisis, as the market has “decisively shifted” to focus on middle-income workers and employment-related remuneration instead of on high-income individuals and investment offerings.

22 March 2021

New ruling guarantees Uber drivers NLW, holiday pay and benefits

All 70,000 of Uber’s UK drivers will be guaranteed a minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions, the company has announced.

Transport & logistics, HR 17 March 2021

Do your due diligence for new IR35 off-payroll rules urges FCSA CEO

Recruitment agencies are warned to re-examine their preferred supplier lists of umbrella companies and “do your due diligence” as the new IR35 Off-Payroll rules come into force in less than a month, the CEO of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has urged.

15 March 2021

REC finds ‘no evidence of wrongdoing’ by Adecco and PMP Recruitment at Amazon sites

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) said it has “found no evidence of wrongdoing” by recruiters Adecco and PMP Recruitment in connection with allegations of poor treatment of workers at Amazon sites in the UK.

Retail, Transport & logistics 10 March 2021

Recruiting temps in Germany brings new problems post-Brexit with licences being revoked

Some British recruiters providing temporary workers to employers in Germany have had their licences to do so revoked by the German Federal Employment Agency, following the UK’s exit from the European Union, a German lawyer says.

2 March 2021

REC puts forward youth mobility scheme to help solve UK talent challenge

A youth mobility programme with European countries, similar to those the UK currently has with Australia and New Zealand, could be a partial solution to the UK’s talent challenge for low-skilled roles, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has told a House of Lords sub-committee.

1 March 2021

FCSA calls on government to give more protection to contingent workers

The FCSA has requested ahead of the March Budget that the government increase resources to protect contingent workers from being exploited by non-compliant companies.

24 February 2021
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