Taylor review supports use of umbrellas

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The long awaited Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’ was released this week and its recommendations focus on additional protections for workers and stronger incentives for employers to treat them fairly – to ensure ‘decent work for all’. The proposals (it will be for the government to decide to take up any of these) that would most directly impact on… Read more »

Job losses at Carillion as spending cuts bite

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Rail union RMT has vowed to fight the planned job cuts at Carillion, the Network Rail contractor. Carillion has given the union leaders a consultation document that outlines where there will be possible construction job cuts and redundancies. RMT has said that the job cuts are the result of Network Rail planning to cut its renewals programme for the remainder… Read more »

IPSE says general election could bring major changes

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The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has said that the snap general election could bring major changes for contractors, regardless of who occupies number ten. This warning is from IPSE Deputy Director of Policy Andy Chamberlain, who said that the public sector IR35 reforms could be extended to the private sector. There could also be a radical… Read more »

Party tax policies may disappoint businesses

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Moore Stephens Partner Mike Cooper has said that “businesses are likely to be disappointed by both the Labour and the Conservative parties’ position on tax reductions.” He claims that neither party is addressing businesses’ top tax concerns. Moore Stephens carried out a survey to determine which taxes businesses would like to see reduced. The businesses surveyed identified five taxes that… Read more »

Oxford refurb rethink after Facebook says no

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Great Portland Estates is rethinking its planned renovation of its Oxford Street scheme after Facebook’s decision not to move in. Facebook decided earlier this year that it would not be renting space at the new London construction project. The decision resulted in a delay to the construction project whilst the developer reconsidered the project. Great Portland Estates said: “At Oxford… Read more »

Balcony death manslaughter conviction

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A construction firm has been found guilty of manslaughter after two construction workers fell to their deaths from a central London balcony. The director of the firm was convicted of health and safety offences. At the trial at the Central Criminal Court, Martinisation (London) Ltd and its director Martin Gutaj denied charges of corporate manslaughter and other related health and… Read more »

Companies to pay double to employ immigrants

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With the Conservatives winning the snap general election, companies may find themselves having to pay £2,000 per year to employ migrant workers. This is the Immigration Skills Charger that will be levied on all companies that bring in skilled workers from abroad. The Conservative manifesto for the general election does not contain much that would concern construction companies except for… Read more »

High Court rejects Heathrow levy

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Heathrow Airport’s attempt to charge Crossrail for allowing its trains to run to Heathrow on its line has been rejected by the High Court. After the ruling, Heathrow said that it was “disappointed” with the ruling and that it is currently considering the next step to take. The dispute was over whether Heathrow Airport should be permitted to charge Crossrail,… Read more »

New development manager for Battersea project

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Battersea Power Station Development Company has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine as the new project manager for Phase 3 of the London construction project. There is now an “intensive handover process” underway between the original manager, Bouygues, who announced their departure in March during the pre-construction phase. The appointment of a new development manager will not affect work at the new… Read more »

Statutory definition of self-employment required

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The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has called for a statutory definition of self-employment to end the confusion around self-employment and make working for yourself more attractive. The call came in IPSE’s official response to the Taylor Review, which is investigating modern employment practices. IPSE appeared at one of Matthew Taylor’s panel sessions in March, and has… Read more »