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Recruitment Watch

Issue 20

Editor's Note

Whilst the New Year has not brought any immediate certainty to the economic and social outlook, as all eyes begin to turn to the March Budget, hope remains that 2021 will see a gradual return to 'normality' as the vaccine roll-out accelerates. In this edition of Recruitment Watch we have focused on ever important 'business as usual' updates for the sector.

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Welcome clarification for employment businesses and hirers on the practical application of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010

The decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd and anor v Kocur and anor [2020] UKEAT/0105/19/JOJ has provided helpful clarification on various aspects of agency workers' rights under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, particularly in relation to Regulations 5 and 13.

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Confirmation from the High Court that Independent Contractors are covered by the Recruitment Industry Regulatory Regime

Most established staffing companies are well aware and accept that independent contractors (self-employed individuals and company contractors) can be covered by the recruitment industry regulatory regime and are able to benefit from the protections afforded to work-seekers by the Employment Agencies Act 1973 (the Act) and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (the Conduct Regulations).

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"Contracted Out" Services under the New IR35 Off-Payroll Working Rules

Staffing companies considering using a consultancy model to escape the complexities of the new private sector IR35 off-payroll working rules, which come into force in April, will find that it is not the 'get out of jail free' card initially anticipated.

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The new post-Brexit sponsorship system

On 31 December 2020, the free movement of workers from the EU to the UK came to an end. This means that EU nationals wishing to commence living and working in the UK from 1 January 2021 are no longer able to do so without a visa which permits the work in question.

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Diversity and Inclusion Technology: The future is now

The imperative for employers to improve D&I in the workplace has never been greater. Yet D&I is a complex issue which demands holistic and innovative solutions. What part can new innovations in technology play in driving progress towards D&I goals, and could your business benefit?

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Supreme Court defeat for Insurers in FCA Business Interruption Insurance Test Case

The Supreme Court has now given its much anticipated judgment in the FCA business interruption test case. It is a comprehensive and resounding victory for policyholders.

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