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Calls for dedicated visa route for high skills professionals post Brexit

Following the second reading of the Immigration Bill in parliament this week which paves the way for a points-based immigration system, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has called for a dedicated visa route for independent professionals.

Contributor: Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Affairs - APSCo | Published: 21 May 2020

Covid19 crisis: employers to offer fuller support following new legislation

New legislation which came into force on 6 April 2020 means employers now have to tell their staff, on day one of employment or before, what their entitlement to any sick pay is. GRiD predicts this will mean many employers will enhance their offering to make sure it’s attractive.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham, spokesperson - GRiD | Published: 19 April 2020

Employers urged to use new Parental Bereavement Act

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 coming into force this month (April 2020) is an opportunity for employers to ensure their bereavement policy also demonstrates compassion and sensitivity, according to RedArc.

Contributor: Christine Husbands, Managing Director - RedArc | Published: 15 April 2020

Covid19: How employers should be protecting essential workers

For employers and employees of key workers, there has been uncertainty and confusion regarding your rights and responsibilities. Here we have advice from Sheilah Cummins, Louise Plant and Graham Mead of Prettys Solicitors, Ipswich...

Contributor: Sheilah Cummins, Associate - Prettys | Published: 6 April 2020

Coronavirus could cost more than a million people their jobs

Employers may want to lay people off or reduce their working hours temporarily as a first step to protecting their business without making people redundant

Contributor: Jo Stubbs, global head of product content strategy - XpertHR | Published: 31 March 2020

How your business can protect itself from coronavirus

With significant increase to the numbers of people in the UK affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, leading UK lawyers from Prettys advise employers to stay alert and keep their employees safe.

Contributor: Vanessa Bell, head of employment - Prettys | Published: 20 March 2020

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The importance of right to work compliance

The most basic requirement of a RTW check is to ensure that any documents necessary to demonstrate an employee’s RTW in the UK are sufficient and up to date. This must be done to a high enough reliability that if a mistake is made, the business responsible will be provided with a statutory excuse.

Contributor: Mike Boxall | Published: 18 November 2019

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Businesses fined for pension auto-enrolment errors rises 144 percent 

EMW says businesses were fined £42m in 2017/18 for pension auto enrolment errors, up more than threefold from £12.6m in 2016/17. EMW explains that the rise in the number of fines is partly due to the expansion of the auto enrolment pension regime to cover smaller businesses (fewer than 50 employees).

Contributor: Jon Taylor | Published: 10 January 2019

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Agencies risk increasing penalties under new worker’s rights 

Following the new legislation announced by BEIS, workers will receive a package of new rights as part of its Good Work Plan. With a host of new reforms to workplace rights - such as details of rights from a worker’s first day in a role, to their eligibility for paid sick leave - this is the largest upgrade in rights we’ve seen in a generation.

Contributor: Ben Wardleworth | Published: 1 January 2019

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Plumber ruling won’t open workers’ rights floodgates

Self-employed contractors urged to think before attempting to challenge their legal status, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Pimlico Plumbers’ appeal against an employment tribunal decision. Independent contractors are advised to proceed with caution, as employers brace themselves for an anticipated avalanche of litigation around employment status.

Contributor: Elaine Howard | Published: 1 July 2018