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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

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Pimlico Plumbers verdict landmark result for workers

Pimlico Plumbers verdict: “This is a landmark result that is important for workers everywhere and should send a resounding signal to those firms that engage self-employed people to check their contractual arrangements and working practices. Contributor Julia Kermode.

Contributor: Julia Kermode | Published: 20 June 2018

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Taylor declares zero hours contracts can be positive

“Zero hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and the lead reviewer of the Government-commissioned ‘Good work: the Taylor review of modern working practices.’

Contributor: Kate Palmer | Published: 7 June 2018

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 HMRC ‘phone fail’ set to escalate

HMRC is letting down the self-employed at a time when they are proposing to make complying with off-payroll tax rules even more complicated, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed. This follows revelations today that HMRC have failed to answer four million calls in the past year.

Contributor: Andrew Chamberlain | Published: 3 June 2018

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Employers must make necessary adjustments for disabled employees

The call to action came as the Minister launched an awareness month specifically on the topic of workplace adjustments as part of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, which gives employers the tools they need to recruit and retain disabled employees.

Contributor: Tony Cates | Published: 29 March 2018

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UBER’s latest licensing defeat “a wake-up call” says union

Imminent expiry of Uber’s licence in York latest in a year of blows to San Francisco transport giant in UK cities following landmark legal defeat over drivers' rights. GMB, the drivers' union, has called on transport giant Uber as it faced yet another blow, with its private hire operator’s licence expired in the City of York on 23/12/17.

Contributor: Mick Rix | Published: 4 January 2018

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Seventy percent UK employees would leave current job

Seventy percent of UK employees would consider leaving their current job, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) actively looking for new opportunities and nearly half (46 percent) passively looking.

Contributor: ADPRI | Published: 30 September 2017

Public must be protected against Strikes

Essential services are banned in most major Western economies – but not in the UK. With co-ordinated strike action now being threatened by public sector unions, the Government should consider amending the Trade Union Act 2016 to further protect the public from the damage done by strike action. From Nicholas Finney, Centre for Policy Studies.

Contributor: Nicholas Finney | Published: 19 September 2017