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Government launches second consultation on banning pensions cold-calling

“It’s time to send a clear message to pension scammers that this will not be tolerated, so the sooner this ban is implemented the better. However once the ban is in place, employees will still need to be alert as it’s not going to stop all fraudsters". To help with this, here are some top tips on how employees can avoid losing their pension to scams and fraudsters. 

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 26 July 2018

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Disproportionate criminal records disclosure regime reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear the Government’s appeal in a long running case about the disclosure of criminal records. The Government is arguing that their current approach to disclosing old and minor cautions and convictions on standard and enhanced criminal record checks, often decades later, is fair.

Contributor: Christopher Stacey | Published: 24 June 2018

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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