Live: HR reacts to today’s ONS statistics
Dec14

Live: HR reacts to today’s ONS statistics

Today’s release of  UK labour market statistics by the ONS has found that: the number of people in work saw another slight increase, little changed compared with May to July 2016 but 342,000 more than for a year earlier. the number of people registered as unemployed has decreased, now showing the lowest number in ten years, and the number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive)...

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‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling
Dec07

‘Worried’ contractors set to shun public sector following Autumn Statement IR35 ruling

New research* from Crunch Accounting has revealed that two thirds (66%) of contractors surveyed are ‘very worried’ about the public sector IR35 tax reforms given the go ahead in last week’s Autumn Statement. Additionally, nearly half (42%) said they would no longer work in the public sector as a result of the outcome. Philip Hammond confirmed that the controversial changes, which will see employers or agencies assume responsibility...

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‘Some way to go’ as FCSA members get sneak preview of HMRC’s online digital tool
Dec01

‘Some way to go’ as FCSA members get sneak preview of HMRC’s online digital tool

‘More work to be done’ is the overall message FCSA members have sent to HMRC following a preliminary demonstration of HMRC’s new online digital tool.   As Government presses ahead to implement IR35 reforms in the public sector in April 2017, HMRC has been developing a new online tool designed to provide reassurance and a “safe harbour” around IR35 status. The tool is currently at the alpha prototype stage and a private beta launch is...

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Taylor Review should shine a light on modern working practices – CIPD
Nov30

Taylor Review should shine a light on modern working practices – CIPD

A country-wide evidence gathering tour of the modern labour market has been announced, with further details of the Matthew Taylor review on employment practices revealed today (30 November 2016). The announcement comes after the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, in October 2016 to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business...

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Chancellor’s contractor cash grab weakens future of UK economy, warn experts
Nov24

Chancellor’s contractor cash grab weakens future of UK economy, warn experts

Chancellor Phillip Hammond claimed that he is “building an economy that works for everyone” in his Autumn Statement, but experts are warning that the IR35 reforms and other measures announced yesterday are a threat to the gig economy, and threaten to increase public sector costs at a time when savings need to be made. National accountancy firm Danbro claimed the Government doesn’t understand the modern way of working in Britain and he...

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Deliveroo Couriers follow Uber in seeking worker rights
Nov09

Deliveroo Couriers follow Uber in seeking worker rights

Following the recent Uber victory, where a tribunal upheld the driver’s argument that they were workers, not contractors, a group of cycle couriers working for Deliveroo are now seeking union recognition and workers’ rights.   Cycle riders claim they only receive £3.75 per delivery, with no hourly fee and have to sit for up to an hour waiting without earning a penny as ‘independent contractors’. IWGB...

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Self employed workers: “We’re independent, NOT vulnerable!”
Nov01

Self employed workers: “We’re independent, NOT vulnerable!”

Ahead of last week’s decision that drivers working for the taxi app Uber were considered ‘workers’ with statutory rights, over 80% of self-employed workers have told ContractorCalculator that are happy with their working status and they do not want any rights at all. The result was revealed in a survey conducted by the online platform that has become the expert guide for 100,000 freelancers and contractors every...

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HR reacts to Tribunal’s decision that Uber drivers are employees
Oct28

HR reacts to Tribunal’s decision that Uber drivers are employees

An employment tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers in the UK are workers rather than self-employed.  The decision was hailed by the GMB union as a “monumental victory” for Uber drivers, but employment lawyers and HR experts expressed concern at the long term implications of the decision for the UK’s growing ‘Gig Economy’:   “Three categories of employment status – self-employed, employees...

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APSCo voices frustration as MOD agency suffers mass walkout over IR35 Reforms
Oct27

APSCo voices frustration as MOD agency suffers mass walkout over IR35 Reforms

A packed APSCo meeting last week saw members voicing frustration at what was deemed as a lack of clarity and information around the proposed public sector IR35 reforms from key members of HMRC’s employment status policy team. Following the Government consultation over the summer on proposals which will give recruitment firms and other engagers liability and responsibility for defining the employment status of Personal Service Company...

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National accountancy firm welcomes PM’s promise of employment law review
Oct20

National accountancy firm welcomes PM’s promise of employment law review

Leading national accountancy services provider Danbro has hailed Prime Minister Theresa May for recognising that employment rules are no longer suitable for the modern workplace. Despite a growing demand from UK businesses for temporary workers, executive chairman of Danbro Damian Broughton said recent sweeping changes by HMRC had hit consultants and self-employed people the hardest. The new and proposed changes to employment and tax...

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British Gas -v- Lock – Holiday Pay ruling upheld, British Gas request appeal
Oct13

British Gas -v- Lock – Holiday Pay ruling upheld, British Gas request appeal

The court of appeal have this month decided to uphold an earlier Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that holiday pay must include results-based commission. The EAT’s ruling on ‘British Gas v Lock’ in February confirmed that employers must pay commission as part of holiday pay, in line with requirements of Article 7 of the EU Working Time Directive. The key points of the CA’s decision were: that it was possible to insert new...

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Supply teacher provider responds to ITV exposé on recruitment in schools
Oct06

Supply teacher provider responds to ITV exposé on recruitment in schools

Responding to claims that recruitment agencies are putting ‘profits before pupils’ following an investigation by ITV’s Good Morning Britain, former education recruiter, Baljinder Kuller, has spoken out about the ‘unethical’ nature of some agencies which pray on the desperation of schools looking for teachers at short notice. ITV’s investigation found that recruitment agencies are sending teachers on assignment who are not suitably...

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Self-employed versus worker – why the Uber ruling could have far reaching effects for HR
Sep29

Self-employed versus worker – why the Uber ruling could have far reaching effects for HR

Guest opinion by Barry Warne, head of employment at hlw Keeble Hawson  www.hlwkeeblehawson.co.uk It has been described as the employment law case of the year – the dispute between taxi hire service app, Uber, and a group of its drivers over their employment status. The drivers claim that although Uber classifies them as self-employed under its terms and conditions, they are in effect, “workers” – a status closer to employed...

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Compliant not complacent, it’s time to check your contract & temporary staff
Sep15

Compliant not complacent, it’s time to check your contract & temporary staff

Guest blog from Julia Kermode, chief executive of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) Sports Direct, Deliveroo and Hermes are just three companies that have been hitting the headlines recently and not for the right reasons.  The spotlight has been on their poor employment practices with Sports Direct facing intense scrutiny from MPs who accused the company of providing “Victorian workhouse conditions” and...

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Parasol Announces first ever ‘Young Contractor of the Year’
Sep09

Parasol Announces first ever ‘Young Contractor of the Year’

Shining a spotlight on young contractors around the UK, Parasol announced IT professional Lauren Farmer as the winner of its inaugural Young Contractor of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th August. The YoCo (an abbreviation of ‘Young Contractor’) Awards are a national competition recently created for millennials between the ages of 16-34. It celebrates those who have opted to pursue contracting and freelancing in search of greater...

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