Editor's message: Your organisation's recruitment and ongoing employment practices need to take into account the law relating to employees who fall within a special employee category. For example, there are specific provisions that apply to the recruitment of foreign nationals, job applicants with convictions and atypical workers, such as agency workers and part-time and fixed-term employees. Your policies and practices may need to be adapted to reflect this.
Aside from the overriding legal requirement not to discriminate against job applicants and employees because of a protected characteristic, you should ensure that your organisation complies with the duty to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process to accommodate job applicants with a disability.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
The ban on certain agency staff in the NHS, which comes into force on 1 April, will "remove a lifeline" from NHS trusts, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has claimed.
April 2017 sees another set of changes to immigration rules, including the Immigration Skills Charge and changes to minimum salary thresholds. Kerry Garcia and Kate Fellows-Tully explain the key points to look out for.
The run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
Updated to take into account the Spring Budget 2017 announcement concerning the national insurance employment allowance and illegal working.
Updated to reflect that, from April 2017, overseas criminal record certificates must be provided by tier 2 visa applicants and their adult dependants.
Updated to include information on Amissah v Trainpeople.Co.Uk Ltd (dissolved) and London Underground Ltd, in which the EAT explained the approach for calculating compensation for breach of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.
The Government's Brexit White Paper reiterates the importance of providing certainty on the immigration status of EU workers already based in the UK and UK nationals already working in the EU.
Updated to include information on trends in employing individuals with disabilities.
At the top of the agenda for Brexit negotiations will be freedom of movement and the status of EU citizens working in the UK. We report on how and when these issues are likely to be settled.
Enhanced to include information about the requirement to obtain Home Office approval for change of circumstances, including details of the Home Office priority service for doing so.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the recruitment and retention of special categories of employee.