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BBC pay debacle further evidence of damaging IR35 roll-out

Since April 2017, the IR35 status of contractors in the public sector has been determined by the client and not the contractor. On the same day as the Spring Statement last week, the Government announced its consultation on extending the changes to the private sector would be released in the “coming months”.

Contributor: Andrew Chamberlain | Published: 30 March 2018

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Working dads failed by workplace policies – MPs call for reform

The Government must reform workplace policies to ensure they meet the needs of the 21st century family and to better support working dads in caring for their children, say MPs. A new report from the Women and Equalities Committee finds that current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, despite good intentions and this is particularly the case for less well-off fathers.

Contributor: Maria Miller | Published: 21 March 2018

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After abolition of fees, employment Tribunal significantly up

8,173 single claims were filed with the Employment Tribunals over the three months to December 31st (the first full quarter since fees were abolished). This represents a 16 percent increase compared to the previous quarter and is the highest level seen since Q3 2013, says GQ|Littler, the specialist law firm

Contributor: Paul Quain | Published: 12 March 2018


Further fall in EU migration will put strain on businesses – REC

Latest migration statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a fall in NET EU migration, driven by a fall in EU citizens coming to the UK for work. These figures will be very worrying for businesses. This latest drop in the number of EU workers coming into the country will put a further strain on employers.

Contributor: Tom Hadley | Published: 3 March 2018

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Half of recruiters are at risk of criminal charges

The survey – conducted in partnership with specialist back office and support recruitment consultancy, Camino Partners – found that 43% of recruitment agencies are unaware of the impact this legislation could have on their business. This statistic is particularly concerning considering that one third of the survey respondents are responsible for compliance in their firm.

Contributor: Michelle Reilly | Published: 28 February 2018

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Cartels targeted as tip offs rise

The CMA is now launching a new campaign to encourage more people to come forward with information that will help it hunt out illegal cartels. The campaign is part of a ramping up of the CMA’s enforcement activity and comes after the award of an extra £2.8m from the government for this work.

Contributor: Stephen Blake | Published: 21 February 2018


Immigration – What do employers want for post Brexit?

The survey of more than 2,000 employers found that the majority of employers 41% would prefer a UK-wide immigration system that is based on national labour or skill shortage occupations in the likely event of migration restrictions once the UK leaves the EU. In contrast, around 13% favour a sector-based policy and just 5 percent would back a regional policy.

Contributor: Gerwyn Davies | Published: 21 February 2018

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Weinstein scandal fails to prompt radical overhaul of sexual misconduct policies

The fallout from the highly-publicised sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein have failed to lead to a sweeping overhaul of harassment and sexual misconduct policies in the UK as organisations consider current policies to be adequate, a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds.

Contributor: Jon Moores | Published: 17 February 2018

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Consultation in Response to the Taylor Review

The Government have published the response to the Matthew Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and has commenced four related consultations for proposals under a ‘Good work plan’ to address the Taylor review’s “7 principles for good quality work for all”.

Contributor: Makbool Javaid | Published: 14 February 2018

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Government must step in and preserve pay and conditions of Carillion workers

Following Carillion’s collapse, the government announced that workers employed on the company’s 450 public sector contracts would continue to be employed, it was then announced that on 90 percent of the private sector outsourced contracts, short-term arrangements had been arrived at and these workers would continue to be paid while longer term arrangements were made.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 5 February 2018