Unemployment rate drops to 7.1%

The UK unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1%, close to the point at which the Bank of England has said it will consider raising interest rates.   The number of people out of work fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.   The

Key employment law changes in 2014

New rules on transfers, collective consultation and pre-claim conciliation will affect HR practice in the year ahead A number of key legislative changes were introduced last year. With many of these laws coming into effect over the course of 2014, businesses and HR professionals must ensure they plan now how to respond to them.  

Agency workers misleading

Responding to statements made by Labour leader Ed Miliband about Agency Workers Regulations in a column in recent Independent on Sunday, Recruitment and Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green says:   “It is wholly misleading of Ed Miliband and the TUC to describe pay between assignment contracts (PBA), also known as Swedish Derogation, as a

Are Your Employees “Legal”?

It is several years since the UK Government first introduced mandatory immigration checks by employers to help combat the problem of illegal immigrants. Under the regulations, employers can be fined if they are found to be employing anybody who does not have the right to work in the UK, even if the employer did so

How to Handle Employee Disputes

With any situation where people spend prolonged time together, arguments or disputes are bound to happen. Usually in a work setting, employees will go to either their direct manager or their human resource representative. In these cases, disputes usually get into a he said she said situation. It is the job of the manager or

Pre Employment Testing

Essential Advice on Pre Employment Testing Are you hiring? If so then you are already conducting some Pre Employment Testing as almost everything from the vacancy advert to the job interview is testing candidates. The problem is that most of us have very poor and unreliable candidate assessment methods in place and we rely far