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Pimlico Plumbers loses appeal – industry and legal comments

Employment lawyers have been keeping a close eye on this case as it has progressed through the various stages of appeal, and whilst the ruling does not represent a change in the law, its impact may nevertheless be felt across industries traditionally reliant on contractors.

Contributor: Various | Published: 13 June 2018

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Breastfeeding Legislation Changing the Workplace in the US

Breastfeeding in the workplace has taken centre stage. From coast to coast, state lawmakers are passing legislation to protect breastfeeding mothers. New Jersey now recognises breastfeeding mothers as a protected class, while California’s state legislature will vote on a Lactation Accommodation Bill designed to enhance current workplace conditions for new mothers.

Contributor: Esther Kestenbaum | Published: 10 June 2018

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Airbnb cancels thousands of reservations in Japan

This is further proof that the effective management of government regulations and public perceptions is no less important to firm performance than establishing demand in the marketplace. In a recent study, we compared the approaches of Uber and Airbnb to their local environment.

Contributor: Pinar Ozcan | Published: 9 June 2018

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Lawyers seeking better work/life balance

A report published today by Peerpoint, Allen & Overy’s consultant lawyer platform, reveals that lawyers are increasingly looking to new ways of working to achieve career satisfaction, with consulting now entering the mainstream. Contributor Richard Punt, CEO of Peerpoint.  

Contributor: Richard Punt | Published: 31 May 2018

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Carillion report – first step in transforming shattered corporate model

Unite’s represents over a thousand workers affected by Carillion’s collapse. Unite’s members were spread between Carillion’s construction division, where many of them were employed in the supply chain, and on outsourced contracts in both the public and private sector.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 24 May 2018

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Youth criminal records – a life sentence for many

Unlock, the UK’s leading charity for people with convictions, has today published research on the impact of criminal records acquired in childhood and early adulthood. Contributor Christopher Stacey, Co-director – Unlock. New data in the report, A life sentence for young people, shows that hundreds of thousands of people are being affected every year, and often many decades later, because of mistakes they made when they were children or young adults. In the last 5 years alone, over 2.25 million youth criminal records were disclosed on standard/enhanced checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) that were over 15 years old.

Contributor: Christopher Stacey | Published: 15 May 2018

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Legal challenges to IR35 public sector reforms seem inevitable

Half of FCSA survey responses stated that no IR35 compliance tests had been carried out over IR35, with more than one third of respondents believe that legal challenges will now transpire. 50 percent of responses to the question of how workers were assessed highlighted that no IR35 compliance tests had been carried out on workers sourced via agencies.

Contributor: Julia Kermode | Published: 7 May 2018

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Things just got tougher for Rogue recruiters

Recruitment agency owners now face greater financial scrutiny and risk as the final Criminal Finances Act 2017 comes in to force. That’s according to the leading supplier of international contractor management solutions, 6CATS International. As of Monday 16th April, HMRC has been granted additional powers to seize valuable property in relation to cases of fraud.

Contributor: Michelle Reilly | Published: 22 April 2018

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UK Modern Slavery Act Non-Compliance UK Organisations a year overdue

The latest report 5th April 2018 on corporate compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act has been produced.This showed 50.8% of organisations (9627 out of 18939) that should have complied by now still have no locatable statements*. This compares with 50.6% as reported in TISCreport’s interim briefing at Westminster in September 2017 at the halfway point.

Contributor: Andrew Wallis | Published: 15 April 2018

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Harassment recommendations, a step forward but more action needed

Recommendations by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) including outlawing non-disclosure agreements being implemented to prevent workers complaining of sexual harassment unless initiated by the employee making the complaint have been welcomed as a step forward by Unite the UK’s largest union.

Contributor: Siobhan Endean | Published: 6 April 2018