The following are recently updated sections and documents added to the REC Legal Guide:
- Added a new entry on social media to the Legal Guide.
- Published issue 10 of Legal bitesize, covering illegal working and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.
- Updated two record-keeping checklists to remove information that is no longer required by the Conduct Regulations.
- Updated model contracts 3 and 4 (temporary workers), 13 and 14 (regulation 10/Swedish derogation), and 15 and 16 (zero hours), as part of a general review. Minor amendments only. These can be found in the Model document library.
- Updated the statutory pay and compensation limits section to reflect changes for 2016.
- Updated model contracts 25 and 26 for use when supplying nurses subject to PAYE. These can be found on the Terms for nursing staff section of the Model document library.
- Updated the intermediary checklist, splitting it into an intermediaries checklist for umbrellas (7A) and an intermediaries checklist for PSCs (7B). These can be found on the Checklists and diagrams section of the Model document library.
- Published issue 8 of the Legal bitesize. See the Legal bitesize page for all issues.
- Added a new FAQ to the Bribery Act 2010 section of the Legal guide on examples of breaches and penalties.
- Added a new flowchart to show who can / cannot claim travel and subsistence expenses relief as of April 2016. This can be found on our Travel expenses section of the legal guide.
- Added a link to the gov.uk business tax guidance on "Employment intermediaries: personal services and supervision, direction or control" to our Legal guide. See the PAYE and NICssection and the Travel expenses section.
- Updated model contracts 5 to 8 and 9 to 12, inclusive. These are for use when supplying temporary workers though limited companies, whether umbrella companies or personal service companies. We have amended these contracts to reflect the removal of T&S expenses relief from temporary workers working under, or subject to the right of supervision, direction or control or any person. We have also taken the opportunity to do a general review of the contracts. In the next few weeks we will publish additional tools including updated intermediary checklists to assist members with their due diligence checks, and updated factsheets.
- Added links to the EHRC's guidance, checklist and FAQs on advertising on the Equality Act 2010 page.
- The March / April 2016 Legal bulletin (issue 73) is now available to download. The latest on the whether employers can monitor they employees' digital communications and an overview of some FAQs posed to our Legal helpline.
- The Disclosure and Barring Service have updated their update service applicant guide and issued a new employers guide. This follows a request from the REC to provide clarification of the circumstances in which Status checks can be carried out on the certificates of applicants who have DBS certificates at different levels and which include different workforce checks. For more information, see our DBS section on the Legal guide.
- Added new FAQs to the zero hours contracts section of the Legal guide.
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