54,800 people have claimed working from home tax relief

HMRC have received more than 54,800 claims via their new online portal which allows workers to claim tax relief for working at home. The new portal was launched on 1 October 2020 in order to process tax relief on additional expenses for employees who have been told to work from home by to help stop […]

Latest government figures on the labour market

Today’s ONS figures cover the period June to August 2020. Importantly, this month’s data includes revisions to estimates since March 2020, following a reweighting exercise by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The revisions have resulted in a 300k lower estimate of employment than previously estimated. Redundancies have risen sharply again this month, doubling on […]

Online tutor platform is an “agency” not just an introducer

A recent case, Simply Learning Tutor Agency & Others v BEIS [2020] EWHC 2461, saw the court rule that an online introductory platform was in fact an “employment agency” and therefore falls within the scope of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) 1973. This in turn means that it is subject to significant regulatory burdens, including […]