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?

Employment Law changes 2024 – are you up to speed?

This year sees a raft of changes to employment law that businesses need to be aware of. Significant changes have been made to holiday pay, flexible working, carers’ rights, paternity, and pregnancy and maternity rights. The new rules on holiday pay have been well publicised. These consist of pay calculated at a fixed rate of […]

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 […]

Establishing Right to Work Checks – New Code from January 2024

The Home office has published a new code of practice applicable to employers establishing that an employee has a right to work in the UK. The new code is applicable from 22nd January 2024, and if steps within it are followed should result in an employer having a defence against liability should the employee not have a right to work.

Replacing Workers on Industrial Action

The government has published a consultation on once again removing the restriction in R.7 of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (‘Conduct Regs’) on employment businesses supplying candidates to cover those taking part in official strike action or other official industrial action.

Rolled up holiday pay is set for a comeback

Recent government proposals indicate an intention to make changes to the holiday pay regime including bringing back rolled up holiday pay.
Rolled up holiday pay is the name given to the arrangement whereby an individual receives an element of holiday pay with every payment they receive for work performed, rather than receiving payment at the point holiday is taken. This is common in short term, ad hoc and casual arrangements, including where individuals work through recruitment companies and umbrellas.

Employment Status – why it matters

There have been a few cases in the public eye recently relating to employment status such as the Amazon drivers case which we discussed in April (see article here). This indicates that the ground on which status is based could be shifting, so why is that important for recruiters?

Government body finds IR35 too taxing

Last week it was reported that UK Research and Innovation, a public sector body, was required to pay £36m to HMRC for unpaid levels of IR35 tax. This is reported to have followed an investigation into 285 contractors engaged by UKRI as monitoring and assessment officers, and it follows a string of reports of government bodies being caught for not addressing IR35 correctly.

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