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The UK's Latest Government Initiative that will Protect Millions of Vulnerable Workers

Posted by Mark Summers on 18 Sep 2019

As we move blissfully into Autumn, we reflect on the government’s Summer announcement and its latest measures to advance the 'Good Work Plan', the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

Datum Download: 7 Business-Critical Changes for Employers & HR Professionals in April 2019

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 30 Jan 2019
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Last year saw the introduction and changes of multiple employment laws that have affected thousands of UK businesses, including first reports for the Gender Pay Gap, changes to  benefit and pension rates, updates to National Minimum, National Living and Apprentice Wages and many more.

2019 is set to be a big year in terms of planned changes to employment and business law, especially with the advancement of Brexit and a confirmed leave date of 29th March 2019.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

Datum Download: Your Complete Guide to Mitigating Modern Slavery

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 05 Nov 2018
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UK Parliament introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015 (MSA) with hopes of fighting crimes of corporate slavery and human trafficking in the UK.

Since its introduction, the number of prosecutions under the law has grown year on year (in 2017, 130 defendants were prosecuted, as opposed to 51 in 2016) but modern slavery is still prevalent in the UK, with most large companies not even aware that it exists in their supply chain.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

Datum Download: Your Complete Guide to the UK's Most Disruptive Change in Tax Law for UK Employers & Contractors

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 24 Oct 2018
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In essence, HMRC are planning to make changes to the UK tax rules in the private sector, specifically for off-payroll working (self-employed contractors), in the hope of minimising tax avoidance from ‘disguised employees’ working as independent contractors. 

Currently, in the private sector, contractors determine their own IR35 status via their accountants or through independent worker status tests, however, the planned changes (which could be implemented as early as April 2019) will ultimately shift the liability to determine IR35 status from the contractors to the end user.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

Crackdown on Modern Slavery: victims freed as construction raids continue to sweep the nation

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 26 Sep 2018
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Agents from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) staged two modern slavery construction raids last week.

In Coventry a 44-year-old Romanian man was rescued and two suspects are in custody helping with enquiries.

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Topics: Insider, Industry Legislation, Benefits of RPO

Where's my money? Complaints about recruitment agencies up by 50% in 2018

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 03 Sep 2018
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According to a report conducted by the Employment Agencies Standards (EAS) Inspectorate, complaints about recruitment agencies increased by 50% in 2018, in comparison with the previous year. 

The labour-market focussed Government enforcement body received 1,261 complaints, compared to just 828 in 2017, with the majority of the complaints centred around the failure of recruitment agencies to pay their staff for all hours worked. Hospitality and healthcare sectors witnessed most complaints, totalling just under 25% of all complaints received.  

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Topics: Insider, Industry Legislation, Benefits of RPO

Datum Download: Top 100 Underpaying Employers

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 23 Aug 2018
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On 6th July 2018, the government released a list of the UK’s ‘worst-paying’ companies throughout 2018. The original list, which included 239 employers throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, was created and published on the national government website to act as a public ‘name and shame’ list.

To put things into perspective, a total of 22,400 workers were identified as being underpaid by a total of £1.44m. The back-pay identified by HMRC was for more workers than in any previous single naming list, and has generated record fines of £1.97m.

So, building on the original list, Datum RPO have developed a detailed report listing the top 100 underpaying employers, with additional information including industry, location, etc.

This report also features an analysis of the 100 employers, with graphs representing the proportion of companies based on location and industry.

So, why have we created this report? At Datum RPO, we take compliance very seriously. We ensure that your contingent workers are paid fairly and mitigate against legal and financial risks.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

Join us on Wedneday, 11th April at our GDPR Thought Leadership Forum Event

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 15 Mar 2018
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Datum RPO, in partnership with BPE Solicitors, are proud to host a GDPR thought practice leadership forum - the facts explained, the myths dispelled and a practical ‘how to manage’ approach presented. We’d be delighted to welcome you to our head office for this event.

This is the biggest piece of legislation to affect all businesses for many years and BPE, together with Datum RPO, will provide you with the latest position and legislative updates, including those unanswered questions.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

GDPR Answered: 10 Example Situations

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 16 Jan 2018
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With GDPR rapidly approaching its implementation date, many UK businesses are still unsure on the process changes that it'll bring with it. 

In our latest GDPR guide, we unveil 10 unanswered questions on the process changes required for GDPR, including a recommended action point for each question. Some example questions include: 'how long can I store personal data for and where can I store it?' and 'can we still keep our current consumer data and contact them as per usual?'.

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Topics: Industry Legislation

4 key legislative updates for 2018

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 29 Nov 2017

What major legislative changes can we expect in 2018? How might they impact on UK businesses? In our latest guide, Datum RPO explore some key changes to 2018 that may require significant operational adjustments as a result.

We have provided an overview of the following key changes for 2018, including key information, an operational date and how best to prepare:

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Topics: Industry Legislation