Peter Crush

HMRC allowed to appeal IR35 case ruling

The Court of Appeal has ruled against HMRC in what could be a significant test case about whether freelancers are deemed to be inside or outside IR35.

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Stress forcing women out of the workforce

Women in the UK feel more stressed today than they did a year ago, and nearly half (47%) say it is the reason they will likely leave their job in the next two years.

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Employees see "no benefit" to working for umbrella companies

Damning research by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) finds 61% of umbrella company workers say they see no benefit to being employed under this arrangement.

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Employees in favour of taking early pensions

A day after the government closed its call for evidence around state pension age changes, new research reveals a significant proportion of workers support the idea of being able to access their state...

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HR needs inclusive policies for disability pay gap to continue shrinking

New data has revealed the gap in median pay between disabled employees and non-disabled employees improved marginally between 2019-21, but is still worse than it was in 2014 – and significant pay gaps...

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Recording employee tribunals could lead to fairer hearings

Employment tribunals (ETs) conducted remotely could soon be recorded under plans being considered to bring proceedings more up to date.

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Is the UK's confused visa system in need of reform?

A ragbag approach to skills shortages and hard-to-shift government bias over the intentions of migrants is preventing employers making the most of potential talent, finds Peter Crush.

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Imminent changes to Statutory Sick Pay: what HR needs to know

Imminent changes to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will take employers by surprise, and force them to have to decide whether Covid-19 is now just an illness like any other, according to experts.

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Night shifts slow down workers' memory

New research has revealed the long-term impact working night shifts has on the human body, with data suggesting those that work in the early hours have worse memories and slower mental speeds than...

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Majority of jobs below Living Wage held by women

New data published by the Living Wage Foundation has revealed it is women who are disproportionately impacted by low pay and current rising living costs.

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Errant umbrella firms to be named and shamed

The new CEO of the Freelance and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has said he will name and shame umbrella companies that fall short of best practice compliance policies.

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Apple’s mandatory and phased return to office under scrutiny

Apple employees have been told they must return to the office – starting with at least one office day per week, rising to a minimum of three over the next few months.

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