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Smart Recruitment reports increased sales further boosted by a strong January

The specialist Driving, Industrial, Office & Technical recruitment firm, Smart Recruitment, which has branches throughout the Midlands and South West, says sales for 2013 were 37% higher than in 2012.

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10/2/2014

Upcoming Employment Law Developments - 2014

There are a number of new employment laws coming into effect in 2014, this article gives you the latest suggested changes you should be aware of

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10/2/2014

UK deficit falls to £96bn after drop in unemployment and higher tax receipts

Office for National Statistics said net borrowing, excluding the temporary effects of bank rescues and the Royal Mail pension fund transfer, was £12.1bn in December

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10/2/2014

Minimum wage fine raised to £20,000 in UK

New maximum fine may be levied for every worker denied minimum wage as Vince Cable cracks down on rogue employers

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10/2/2014

Strong Market Confidence Sparks Recruitment Drive Among UK's SMEs

Almost half of small and medium sized firms in the UK will increase their headcount in 2014 as strong market confidence has sparked a recruitment drive.

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10/2/2014

New Website Now Online

Smart Recruitment has announced the launch of its new website

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5/11/2013

New Smartphone App

Smart Recruitment today launched a user friendly smart phone mobile application

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5/11/2013

Exeter Office Expansion

Smart Recruitment Exeter moves to larger office space to accommodate continued expansion

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5/11/2013

Bristol Office Opens

Smart Recruitment has announced the opening of a new office in Bristol

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5/11/2013

Smart Recruitment’s Shaun Dempsey heads for the mountains in charity fundraiser

On 4th June 2013 Smart Recruitment’s Nottingham Driving Consultant, Shaun Dempsey will head for the mountains with 4 friends in aid of cancer & diabetes charities.

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7/3/2013

Lorry charge scheme becomes law

The government scheme to charge foreign lorries for using UK roads has become law opening the way for charges to be levied from April next year.

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7/3/2013

Pensions auto-enrolment 'revolution' in danger of embarrassment with HALF of workers set to opt out

Supporters of automatic enrolment could be in for a rude awakening as research by Aviva suggests that half of eligible workers could opt out from pension plans.

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7/3/2013

Increase in work despite triple dip recession­

Jobs growth and the race for talent to continue despite fears of triple dip recession

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7/3/2013

Labour plans crackdown on employers exploiting migrants

Yvette Cooper and Ed Miliband to set out pledge to stop bosses using measures to cut costs and undercut domestic workers.

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7/3/2013

Smart Recruitment plans to open two more branches

After another successful year Driving, Industrial & Office recruiter, Smart Recruitment, is set for further expansion with plans to open 2 new offices in Sheffield & Birmingham.

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29/1/2013

AWR - Swedish Derogation model tested at Tribunal for the first time

An Employment Tribunal has made one of the first court decisions relating to the Agency Workers Regulations (2010), in a case where agency workers were 'flipped' onto a Swedish Derogation contract.

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29/1/2013

Businesses counting cost of snow

Disruption caused by the heavy snowfall could cost UK businesses about £1bn, business groups have estimated. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) estimated 20% of the UK's working population, or 6.4 million people, did not make it to work.

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29/1/2013

Use of Acas for legal and good practice advice on the rise

The number of businesses using the conciliation service Acas for advice on employment law and good practice has risen, according to a survey released today.

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29/1/2013

Legal opinion: Can employees be dismissed for their political opinions?

In the recent case of Redfearn v the United Kingdom he was dismissed from his job within the first year of employment for being a member of the British National Party.

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29/1/2013

Agency Workers Regulations not hitting use of temporary staff

Figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) appear to refute claims...

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19/1/2012

BMW halts plan to use temps 'get out' clause

BMW has said it will hold off on its plan to use a legal get-out clause to avoid paying temps the same rate as permanent staff.

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19/1/2012

2012 employment law changes: six things employers need to know

Every year brings with it some important new employment legislation for the employer to negotiate. Whether related to unfair dismissal...

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19/1/2012

Wincanton haulage drivers vote to take strike action

Oil tanker drivers working for a haulage firm have voted to strike in a row over terms and conditions.

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19/1/2012

Disagreement continues over immigration's impact on UK unemployment

There have been further developments today in the debate over the impact of immigration on levels of unemployment in the UK.

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19/1/2012

Number of employment tribunal cases falls

Statistics show ‘promising signs’ despite multiple claim spike.

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19/1/2012

Roadside Checks for Driver CPC

VOSA is now issuing fixed penalties for drivers caught driving without a driver qualification card.

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19/1/2012

Agency Workers Regulations 2010: ‘Swedish Derogation’ is being implemented by employers

The Sunday Telegraph recently reported...

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17/11/2011

Need advice about implementing the Agency Workers Regulations?

Many companies are still to get their AWR...

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17/11/2011

Can an agency ask a worker who works through a personal service company to sign away their AWR rights?

Kevin Barrow, partner at employment law specialists...

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17/11/2011

Re-balancing the scales: Government plans to reduce Employment Tribunal claims

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that the qualifying period for the right to bring an unfair dismissal claim will be increased from one year to two years with effect from 6 April 2012.

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17/11/2011

REC's October Jobs Outlook Shows Promising signs

The REC’s latest Job Outlook report has revealed that although employer confidence remains fragile, there are signs that employers are becoming more confident about longer-term hiring intentions.

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17/11/2011

Agency Workers Regulations: is your organisation prepared for the changes?

Five things employers need to know

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6/9/2011

August Jobs-Outlook data shows increase in UK business confidence

Almost three-quarters of employers are expecting to add to their workforce in the next three months, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's (REC) July Jobs-Outlook.

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6/9/2011

National Minimum Wage increase set for October 2011

The TUC described the increase for low-paid workers as 'modest'

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6/9/2011

Is social media a problem in your business?

Acas has launched a guide in a bid to help employers clamp down on workers' abuse of social media, which the conciliation service claims costs the UK economy up to £14 billion per year.

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6/9/2011

Crackdown on tachograph fraud

VOSA & Police step up activities against illegal use of magnets.

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6/9/2011

Work stresses cause rise in staff absence

One in three UK businesses has experienced increased staff absence because of workplace stress in the past 12 months.

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6/9/2011

Brit warns about untrained lorry drivers

Brit Insurance has issued a stark warning about the lack of uptake on Driver CPC periodic training.

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6/9/2011

How to implement the Agency Workers Regulations in your business

With the 1st October 2011 quickly approaching this article looks at the 3 most common ways that companies are choosing to implement the AWR...

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25/7/2011

Majority of employers unprepared for Agency Worker Regulations, survey finds

Only 10 per cent of employers are prepared for the workforce planning impacts of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR)...

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25/7/2011

Permanent workforces set to grow, according to latest REC JobsOutlook

Employers are predicting that they will be adding to their workforces in both the short and longer terms, the REC’s June JobsOutlook shows.

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25/7/2011

Exports continue to drive manufacturing sector

Britain’s manufacturers are continuing to drive UK economic growth on the back of export-led demand, with manufacturers optimistic about growth prospects, according to a new survey published today.

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25/7/2011

Employers struggle to fill vacancies despite unemployment

Employers are being inundated with unsuitable candidates, struggling to fill vacancies, and talented individuals are staying put, concluding that the grass is greener on their own side of the fence in these volatile economic times.

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25/7/2011

A third of employees lie to avoid work

One in three UK workers admit lying to take time off work, mainly because they’re disillusioned with their jobs, according to research published today by PwC on attitudes to absence.

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25/7/2011

Will the National Skills Academy see the end of cowboy Driver CPC training?

The road transport industry has welcomed the news that the National Skills Academy for Logistics has at last received government funding to the tune of £3.25m.

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25/7/2011

The Agency Worker Regulations: We’ve got an automated solution

Find out how our new AWR compliance suite will offer increased protection to your business and remove...

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21/6/2011

Revisions to AWR guidance highlights Swedish Derogation is not a miracle solution

Revisions to AWR guidance, announced today, underlines that the Swedish Derogation is not a “miracle solution”, according to Lewina Farrell...

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21/6/2011

Drop in unemployment welcome news but jobs market remains volatile says REC

Today’s jobs figures show a drop of 17,000 in the number of people out of work in the three months until February with the current...

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21/6/2011

Unhealthy workers 'costing employers billions every year'

Employees' poor health is costing business almost £3 billion per year and significant savings could be made if employers encourage them to change their lifestyles.

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21/6/2011

Employee satisfaction hits record low in downturn

A drop in living standards and job security has plunged workplace morale to record lows, according to the latest CIPD quarterly employee survey.

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21/6/2011

HGV Drivers: The hidden dangers

Almost 1,400 bus and lorry drivers have been banned from the road for boozing and taking drugs.

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21/6/2011

Driver CPC Training: Confusion Rife!

One year on from the introduction of the Driver CPC for HGV drivers, confusion surrounds the number of training courses completed.

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21/6/2011

AWR Latest Guidance Notes

The Government has today published guidance to help recruiters and employers prepare for the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations.

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25/5/2011

National Minimum Wage rates

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid.

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25/5/2011

REC JobsOutlook reveals employer confidence at its highest for over a year as headcount freezes are lifted

Confidence among employers has soared to its highest level in a year reflecting renewed optimism in both short term and long term hiring intentions, the REC’s April JobsOutlook has revealed.

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25/5/2011

BCC Survey Reveals Recruitment as Biggest Challenge When Managing a Workforce

The latest survey conducted in February 2011, by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed that recruiting new employees was identified as the greatest challenge when managing a workforce.

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25/5/2011

Confidence in senior management at record low

Employee confidence and trust in senior leaders has hit a record low as job security, satisfaction and standards of living fell, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.

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25/5/2011

Unemployment falls slightly but UK business yet to be convinced

UK business groups are still wary of an unstable job market, even though the latest employment figures published today show a marginal fall in unemployment levels.

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25/5/2011

Beware Driver CPC scams

Concerns are being raised by Tachodisc over how some Driver CPC training centres are not complying with the regulations set out by JAUPT.

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25/5/2011

Managing the impact of the Agency Worker Regulations

The Government recently published its draft guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations, which are due to come into force on 1 October 2011.

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26/4/2011

Employers look to flexible agency staff as confidence builds

Confidence is continuing to rise among employers over their short term and long term hiring intentions, according to the REC’s March JobsOutlook.

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26/4/2011

The Midlands still the most popular region for sheds

Demand for warehouses in the Midlands outstripped all other regions in the UK during the first quarter of 2011, according to new research by CBRE.

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26/4/2011

UK Manufacturing Continues to Grow

UK manufacturing in March grew at its fastest annual pace in more than 16 years, official figures have shown.

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26/4/2011

April 29: A right royal wedding dilemma

With 4 public holidays in 11 days, many employers have decided not to allow the extra day off for the royal wedding.

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26/4/2011

AWR rains down changes on umbrellas

A recent roundtable event highlighted long-range effects Agency Workers Regulations will have on umbrella companies.

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26/4/2011

VOSA accused of not enforcing initial Driver CPC

A significant number of HGV drivers who have taken their test since September 2009 may be breaking the law, as they do not have the necessary initial Driver CPC qualification.

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26/4/2011

Employers in the dark over Agency Workers Regulations

The vast majority of UK employers are unprepared for the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) that come into effect later this year, new research finds.

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28/3/2011

Employers plan to maintain or grow headcount

More than 9 in 10 employers (94%) are planning to increase or maintain head count, according to the latest Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s February Jobs Outlook.

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28/3/2011

The UK LGV Driver shortage - is there a solution?

Is there still a LGV Driver shortage in the UK? The simple answer is yes. Skills for Logistics (SfL) is urging the logistics industry to plan ahead if it is to avoid a recruitment crisis.

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28/3/2011

Output and employment is rising at Britain's small manufacturers

Strong demand from both at home and abroad has contributed to the increased work flow over the last three months.

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28/3/2011

Employment Tribunals set to be reformed

The coalition Government has recently announced a major review of the way that employment disputes are resolved.

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28/3/2011

Retirement for men and women starting later, ONS finds

The average age at which men and women retire has increased in recent years, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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28/3/2011

Opinion: Are your drivers taking CPC seriously?

Tony Southam, United Road Transport Union (URTU) regional officer, discusses whether the Driver CPC really can be DIY.

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28/3/2011

Smart Recruitment’s recent IT investment proves a success for clients and candidates

Find out how Smart Recruitment’s use of web and social media technology has benefitted our clients and candidates.

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23/2/2011

The Agency Workers regulations: Are you ready?

With 1.3 million agency workers on assignment in the UK, the new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) – which come into effect on 1 October 2011

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23/2/2011

Personal Tax and National Insurance Contributions

Smart Recruitment’s summary of the key personal tax and national insurance contribution changes applicable from 6 April 2011

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23/2/2011

How does the Equality Act affect recruitment?

Employers’ anti-discrimination duties have changed significantly under the Equality Act, and any organisations lifting recruitment freezes need to be thinking about what this means in practice.

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23/2/2011

Experts criticise continued confusion around default retirement age Regulations

Employment law experts have condemned the Government's handling of the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA) amid claims that the forthcoming Regulations...

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23/2/2011

ADR training can now be approved as Periodic Training

DSA have announced that elements of dangerous goods training for LGV drivers can be counted as part of their Driver CPC periodic training.

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23/2/2011

Driver CPC - time is running out

2011 must be the year LGV operators and drivers start seriously considering the options available for Driver CPC, if they haven't already.

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25/1/2011

National minimum wage amendment in place from January 1

The Government has finalised the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010, which amend the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and come into force on 1 January 2011.

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25/1/2011

Default retirement age of 65 to end.

The Default Retirement Age (DRA) is to be phased out this year, the government has confirmed.

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25/1/2011

Employment Law – what’s in store for 2011

With 2011 now in full swing, Smart Recruitment have sourced a number of Employment Law updates for you to look out for this year...

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25/1/2011

Changes ahead for nominated Transport Managers.

New legislation (EU Regulation 1071/2009) that will be introduced by 2012 will limit the scope of Transport Managers nominated on more than one licence.

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24/1/2011

Worker Registration Scheme coming to an end for some East European nationals.

It has been announced by the government that the Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) will no longer apply from 30th April 2011

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24/1/2011

Driver CPC: One year on…the verdict.

Love it or loathe it, the Driver CPC is here to stay. There's been a lot of debate about its merits, and the maybes and what ifs of eco-driving training becoming mandatory...

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20/12/2010

Is your business ready for the VAT increase on 1 January 2011?

Research carried out by the ICAEW shows that businesses are split over how best to deal with the rise in the standard rate of VAT from 17.5% to 20% in January 2011...

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20/12/2010

Employers face temp worker shortage over busy festive season

Employers should brace themselves for a shortage of temporary agency cover over the busy Christmas period despite rising unemployment levels, according to new research...

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20/12/2010

Drivers working hours limit relaxed to move supplies

Restrictions on lorry drivers' working hours were temporarily relaxed to help vital supplies get through during the recent spell of snowy weather

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20/12/2010

Will employers need to hatch new ways to employ agency staff?

Early indications were that the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 would be scrutinised...

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20/12/2010

Smart Recruitment successfully renews licence with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA)

The licensing scheme - which became a necessity for labour providers following the deaths of 23 Chinese Cockle Pickers on Morecambe Bay in 2004...

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20/12/2010

Smart Recruitment introduces it’s ‘Hire for £500’ offer.

As confidence starts to return to the UK economy, Smart Recruitment has introduced its ‘Hire for £500’ offer to help local businesses to keep their recruitment costs to a minimum.

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18/11/2010

Smart Recruitment expands Office Division

Following on from recent successes within their Logistics and Industrial Divisions, Derby based recruiter, Smart Recruitment, announce the expansion of their Office Division

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18/11/2010

Government will not review AWR

The government will not review the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), set to come into force next October.

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18/11/2010

Driver CPC Blindspot for New Drivers

Did you know that you cannot tell from a licence check (JAUPT’s recommendation before commencing periodic training)...

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18/11/2010

End in sight for the default retirement age of 65

After months of speculation, the government has now announced a consultation exercise on phasing out the default retirement age of 65 from 6 April 2011 with its eventual removal from 1 October 2011.

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18/11/2010

Night workers nearly twice as likely to be injured at work

A recent study has revealed that people who work nights and rotating shifts are nearly twice as likely to suffer a work injury than people who work regular days.

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18/11/2010

European case may boost paternity rights

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling may impact on UK additional paternity leave rules which come into force for babies due from 3 April 2011 onwards.

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18/11/2010

Digital tachographs in the spotlight

Karen Crispe, Director of Tachodisc discusses here the latest issues and legal developments relating to digital tachographs.

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25/10/2010

Failure to retain talent costs UK firms £42 billion, says PwC

Employers have been urged to do more to hold on to their best performing staff after research estimated that the failure to retain talent is costing UK businesses around £42 billion per year.

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25/10/2010

Government quash plans to add eco-driving to driver CPC

Mike Penning, the minister for transport, has just announced that proposals to add eco-driving training to the HGV driver CPC will be put on hold for the foreseeable future.

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25/10/2010

East Midlands to profit from comphrehensive spending review with transport creation

Nottingham is set to benefit from the creation of two new tram lines. In his Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans for lines two and three of the city’s tram network.

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25/10/2010

Agency Worker Regulations: How will this affect you?

With the AWR set to be implemented in 2011, This Article released by Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) outlines what impact it will have on Employers.

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25/10/2010

Smart Recruitment reports record orders for temporary workers

In the same week that UK unemployment was reported to dip Derby based recruitment specialists Smart Recruitment announced their largest number of temporary workers booked in one week.

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25/10/2010

10 Tips from our Driver CPC Expert

Whether you love it or loathe it, Driver CPC is with us, and is here to stay. Between now and September 2014, every HGV licence holder is obliged to undergo five days of compulsory training.

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4/8/2010

Transport minister fails to guarantee VOSA's future

VOSA's future has been thrown into doubt after the Parliamentary Under Secretary State for Transport failed to assure an MP

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4/8/2010

UK Job demand slips back in July, but key sectors see record rise

Employer demand for new UK workers slipped back one point in July compared to the previous two months, to give a Reed Job Index reading of 102.

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4/8/2010

National Minimum Wage

The age at which workers become eligible for the full national minimum wage (NMW) rate will drop to 21 this year - a move that will cost employers nearly £50 million.

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4/8/2010

Companies not Getting to Grips with Driver CPC Regulations

A recent report suggests that 66% of companies have not begun their 35 hour training requirement even after nine months of the new regulation.

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3/6/2010

Manufacturing Growth Continues

Manufacturing continued its “marked rate of expansion” in May, according to the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index.

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3/6/2010

Business secretary Vince Cable to outline reduction in business regulation

Employers will hear how the coalition government plans to reduce business regulation when the business secretary makes his first major speech.

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3/6/2010