Editor's message: Employers need to pay particular attention to specific employee categories when recruiting new staff and take care to comply with equality requirements as well as the law concerning atypical workers such as agency workers and part-time and fixed-term employees.
Employers also need to be aware of the legislative framework in relation to other special employee categories, as part of their recruitment processes, including around job applicants with convictions and employing foreign nationals and young people and children.
In relation to job applicants with a disability, employers must comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
Updated to include further details of the immigration skills charge, which is due to come into effect on 6 April 2017.
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.
Updated to include information on enforcement action against senior managers.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Updated to include a reference to the Government's Disability Confident scheme.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the recruitment and retention of special categories of employee.