Derek Kelly: What HR professionals need to know about the new Immigration Bill

All UK-based businesses have a duty to ensure that their employees are legally entitled to work in the country. Since February 2008, this obligation has been underpinned by a civil penalty scheme. Under the current system, an employer who flouts the rules by hiring illegal workers can be hit with a civil fine of up to…

Derek Kelly: Handling HR disputes with contractors and freelancers

First things first, allow me to be clear. Contractors and freelancers are, on the whole, a fantastic group. Speaking as someone who has looked after the needs of tens of thousands of them over the years, I can confirm that they are an excellent source of innovation, inspiration and expertise for businesses of varying sizes across…