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What the Harpur Trust vs Brazel ruling means for the supply chain

With the Supreme Court dismissing the appeal in the Harpur Trust vs Brazel case, Crawford Temple, CEO of Professional Passport, the UK’s largest independent assessor of payment intermediary compliance reflects on the case and what it means for umbrella providers, workers, agencies and the whole supply chain.

Article by 9 August 2022


What you need to know about hybrid working

What you need to know about hybrid working It’s two years since the world was shaken and we saw the start of the Covid pandemic which gripped all parts of our daily life. Now well and truly into 2022, we are seeing the number of people being hospitalised falling following a sustained and successful vaccination programme.

Article by 15 April 2022


Effective and engaging training on ED&I

The business case for equality, diversity and inclusion is stronger than ever. Time and again studies have shown that diverse and inclusive businesses deliver higher revenues, demonstrate greater readiness to innovate, have an increased ability to recruit talent and enjoy significantly higher employee retention. A recent report by McKinsey ‘Diversity Wins’ highlights that the dynamics around inclusion are a critical differentiator for companies particularly around talent retention, with recent data also demonstrating an increasingly clear link between board diversity and business performance.

Article by 31 March 2022


Do you know the HSE legal requirements for managing workplace stress?

Work related stress is the most prominent reason for stress over the last year, with recent HSE data estimating that about 828,000 employees in 2020 have experienced some sort of work related stress or other harmful reaction (eg. depression) due to pressures and demands of their workplace, both new and long standing.

Article by 9 March 2022


Three reasons why an automated tool doesn’t guarantee IR35 compliance

Nearly six months on from the introduction of IR35 into the private sector, many businesses are still early in their IR35 journey and yet to embed their practices and processes into business as usual. But with many high-profile government bodies hit with IR35 tax bills this year, now is the time to question if your IR35 approach is compliant, particularly if an automated tool was used. Here we explore three reasons why an automated tool doesn’t guarantee IR35 compliance.

Article by 12 October 2021


Do employers have the right to sack employees who refuse to be vaccinated?

While 47 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, recent analysis shows there are still roughly 1.3 million people who have not taken up the offer to get a vaccine, despite being eligible. As employers look to encourage employees to get vaccinated before returning to offices, here are some key things to bear in mind for what you can and can’t do if an employee refuses to take the jab.

Article by 18 August 2021


Addressing the issues of non-compliance in the supply chain

The world of work has radically changed over the last 40 years.  Gone are the days of the 9-5 as we have seen a significant rise in the number of people opting to work for themselves as freelancers and contractors.  And, along with the prominence of the contingent workforce has come a proliferation of regulation and legislation as policymakers seek to catch up with the fast-moving pace of the modern working landscape.  And legislation is failing the modern day workforce.

Article by 26 June 2021


A new focus on employee and stakeholder engagement

As the UK begins to ease lockdown, a number of businesses are beginning to look at how they can return to some normality – although many still have a long way to go to understand what the ‘new normal’ will look like for them – and to consider what they have learnt from the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic.

Article by 8 July 2020