Umbrella Regulation Update

umbrella regulation update

Regulation of the umbrella market was the subject of a joint consultation by HMRC, HM Treasury and DBT in the summer of 2023. The consultation closed back in August 2023, but with a general election looming, what is the current state of play?

EAS complaints on the increase – are you at risk?

Employment Agency Standards (EAS) is responsible for the enforcement of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (‘Conduct Regs’), and has reported an increase in complaints. Are you compliant with key elements of the regulations, and how would your business fair if inspected? The most common issues where agencies run into problems […]

Rolled up Holiday Pay – Good News for recruiters

For leave years starting from the 1st of April 2024, businesses are now legally permitted to provide holiday pay on a ‘rolled up’ basis and should calculate leave and pay entitlement at a fixed rate. BUT ONLY FOR irregular hours or part year workers.

Draft bill threatens worker status and agency supply

One of the key advantages of hiring an agency worker is the very low risk of a claim for employment rights by the worker against the hirer. This position has been challenged many times over the years, but remains legally secure as things stand. Now however there is a new challenge, the Status of Workers Bill, which has recently been proposed by the House of Lords to create a single status for workers as employees, in effect demolishing worker status altogether.

Are you prepared for an Employment Agency Standards (EAS) inspection?

EAS enforces the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (‘the Regulations’) and is conducting an increased level of inspection, both on a routine basis and in respect of complaints, and routine checks. What does an inspection involve and if inspected, would your business comply with key elements of the Regulations? Businesses can […]

Seminar on Holiday Pay and EAS Compliance Inspections

After years of controversy, rolled-up holiday pay is to be allowed for agency workers and others from April 2024, but subject to complex rules on application and calculation. This means that agencies who supply temporary workers will need to get to grips with how the new rules operate. At the same time, more and more agencies are being […]

Protecting your business when working with Umbrellas

HMRC has recently updated guidelines for umbrellas, and individuals who work through an umbrella. There has also apparently been a surge in umbrella accreditation services. Does accreditation actually address the issues identified in the government’s consultation on how to regulate the umbrella company market which was announced earlier this year?

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