Legislation/Regulation

HMRC considering another appeal against Loose Woman presenter Adams’ IR35 tribunal ruling

HM Revenue & Customs will decide by the end of the week if it will appeal an upper-tier tribunal ruling last week that upheld radio and TV presenter Kaye Adams’s claim over her employment status.
 

Creative/Digital/Media 24 February 2021

Uber ruling ‘serves as wake-up call’ to organisations

A UK Supreme Court ruling last week that found Uber drivers were workers and not self-employed “throws ‘inside IR35’ into chaos”.

23 February 2021

Uber drivers ruling will disrupt business world, say experts

The ruling that Uber’s 60,000 drivers can be legally classified as workers will send shockwaves around the business world. 

Transport & logistics 22 February 2021

All-party parliamentary group accuses HMRC of breaching Civil Service Code

As April’s implementation of IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules gets closer, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has found itself back at the centre of a controversy this week.

18 February 2021

Recruitment leaders concerned over Taylor vacating LME role with no replacement

The government post of director of Labour Market Enforcement has been vacated by Matthew Taylor (pictured), who held the role for 18 months on an interim basis until Friday, and a successor has not been appointed.

2 February 2021

Resilient SThree hands back £600k from furlough scheme

Global STEM recruiter SThree has given back the £600k furlough payment it received from the UK government, the company’s 2020 full-year results have shown.

Life sciences, Engineering 28 January 2021

Victory for those refused business interruption insurance claims

Small businesses across the UK have received a boost this morning with a ruling from the Supreme Court that will see them covered by their business interruption insurance for losses caused by coronavirus lockdowns.

Accounting/Finance 15 January 2021

House of Lords UK-EU committee seeks views on services sector post-Brexit

An inquiry has been launched into the future of UK-EU relations on trade in services by the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee, chaired by Baroness Donaghy.

15 January 2021

Contractors cite IR35 lack of clarity

A new survey of more than 3,300 contractors has flagged continuing confusion, frustration and lack of preparation for the impending introduction of Off-Payroll legislation to the private sector this April.

12 January 2021

End-clients fail to update contractors over IR35 reforms

A specialist tax, IR35 and insurance adviser is warning that businesses affected by IR35 reforms could face contractor walkouts if they fail to inform contractors of their strategy to deal with the changes.

7 January 2021

Two arrested over modern slavery offences in Nottinghamshire

Two people have been arrested in North Nottinghamshire on suspicion of committing modern slavery offences, following a joint operation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and Nottinghamshire Police.

18 December 2020

EU nationals make whistle-stop visits to UK for pre-settled status

EU nationals are making whistle-stop visits to the UK to smooth their path to pre-settled status, says City law firm Bates Wells.

18 December 2020

SME firms shouldn’t be shamed into not claiming furlough

Finance experts are warning troubled businesses may be discouraged from claiming the money they need to survive.

18 December 2020

GLAA gives poultry workers 10-point checklist

A new 10-point checklist for workers in the UK poultry industry has been developed by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to help them understand their rights in the workplace and spot the signs of labour exploitation.

Agriculture 18 December 2020

Government must do more to create jobs says new report

The government must shift spending away from wage subsidies and towards creating new jobs, if it is to prevent a spike in unemployment in 2021.

14 December 2020

Lords committee slams Norman and government over IR35 legislation

A House of Lords Select Committee was critical of the government when one of its ministers gave evidence on the Off-Payroll reforms.

8 December 2020

Low-paid boost as government cracks down on ‘exclusivity contracts’

Business secretary Alok Sharma (pictured) has today announced consultations on new proposed measures to allow workers’ greater freedom to find new or additional work.

4 December 2020

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
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