Contracts

When the workplace needs love contracts

The return to the office has brought attention back to love contracts as employers brace for the next wave of workplace love affairs.

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.

Platinum Jubilee weekend - what are employees entitled to?

While many employees may already be swept-up in making plans for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend – are they legally entitled to this extra day off?

HR must heed the warnings of IR35 tribunals

Mote Cricket Club is now listed alongside Uber and Pimlico Plumbers as an organisation hauled through the tribunals by individuals asserting that they were employees or workers, not contractors.

Freelancers plugging skills gaps rather than permanent hires

HR directors across the UK are looking to plug the skills gap with freelancers and contractors rather than permanent hires.

Women drive sharp rise in temporary work

The number of temporary workers has shot up in the past two years as workers seek flexible working arrangements.

Umbrella firms trigger storm warnings

Umbrella firms take the regulatory strain out of using contractors, but while they can offer gig workers better protection, many in the sector think they exacerbate transparency issues, finds Peter...

Can HR prevent employees from taking up a second job?

Despite the ongoing row over whether MPs should be allowed to hold second jobs, the activity is actually not as unusual across the wider economy as many people think.

Employers warned not to shirk responsibility for contractors

A majority (88%) of off-payroll contractors have been told by firms that they must work through an umbrella company, despite questions about their credibility.

Work the most secure it has been in a decade, CIPD finds

Work has become more secure over the past decade despite the impact of the pandemic.

Canning of HS2 leg threatens jobs

The government's announcement not to build a high-speed link between Leeds and Manchester could see thousands of planned jobs in the region come under threat, according to local experts.

New Acas guidance promises to help make fire and rehire a last resort

Workplace expert Acas has published new guidance encouraging employers to explore all options before resorting to fire and rehire tactics when changing employee contracts.