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The rules for individuals providing services to the public sector via an intermediary such as a personal service company (PSC) changed from April 2017. The new rules shift the responsibility for deciding whether the intermediaries’ legislation applie... Read More

Following a joint report ("High heels and workplace dress codes") published by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and Petitions Committee in January 2017, the Government Equalities Office has finally published promised new... Read More

There are many rewarding opportunities for volunteering available across the UK. It is a popular misconception that only young people volunteer, however, people of all ages volunteer for numerous roles in a wide range of charitable and other sectors.... Read More

The Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have updated their guidance for employers on requesting DBS criminal record checks for potential employees. The updated guidance includes some useful information regarding the security feat... Read More

Following new measures introduced in Parliament, from 1 April 2018 disabled workers can now benefit from a £15,000 rise in Access to Work grants to assist them at work. Such workers can now claim up to £57,200 annually to help pay for the additional... Read More

The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) and the President of the Employment Tribunals (Scotland), have issued updated joint presidential guidance in relation to the so-called “Vento bands” for compensation for injury to feelings... Read More

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has introduced new identity checking guidelines for standard and enhanced disclosure checks. The new guidelines have been running in parallel with the previous guidelines since October 2017. However, the previ... Read More

The Apprenticeships (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2017, which only apply in relation to England, came into force on 15 January 2018. The new Regulations:make it a requirement that off-the-job training be provided during the course of an... Read More

Acas has published new guidance for employers and employees that outlines what kind of workplace behaviours could be considered sexual harassment and how to report and handle it. The guidance covers:what is sexual harassment?how does sexual harassmen... Read More

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has replaced its Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation with a 58-page “Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)”. The Guide contains very similar content to the Overview, but it n... Read More

The Finance (No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 17 November 2017. It follows the Finance Act 2017 which received Royal Assent before the June 2017 general election. Some of the provisions were dropped from the Finance Act 2017 so that it could... Read More

Following the successful completion of the first phase of its refund scheme for employment tribunal fees, following the Supreme Court's judgment in July 2017 in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor 2017 that the fees regime was unlawful... Read More