Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

 There was also evidence of a lack of knowledge about the law, which could also lead to unlawful discrimination. However, our evidence suggests that there is only limited clear and unequivocal evidence to suggest that employers might act on a preference to recruit foreign-born over UK-born workers, or vice versa.  EHRC’s research allowed them to check whether this held true through a variety of questions; looking at knowledge, approaches and practices, application outcomes, employers’ views of workers and experiences from employers, recruitment agencies and workers themselves.  Throughout the report the EHRC flag up where the evidence may indicate the potential for discriminatory recruitment practices.


Evidence from the report suggests that organisations providing advice and information to employers, recruiters and employees should focus on the following areas to ensure fair and non-discriminatory treatment:

 Employers and recruitment professionals need greater understanding of their legal obligations in relation to recruitment so that they are not at risk of discriminating against candidates on the basis of their nationality, and are better able to demonstrate that they are using fair, lawful and transparent recruitment and selection processes.  Employers need to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment including that from customers and service users. The research finds that foreign-born workers experienced some hostility from customers, particularly in the care sector.  Employers need to ensure that all workers are treated fairly and apply their employment policies consistently. The qualitative research suggested that some UK-born staff believed that they experienced preferential treatment to foreign-born staff. If true, this could amount to discrimination.

Read the full research report here.

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BT awarded Gold Standard for Payroll Giving scheme 21 November 2016

For the 12th consecutive year BT has been awarded the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award.

Working with CAF and Payroll Giving in Action, the BT scheme is one of the UK’s largest and most successful. In 2015/16, some £2.5 million was donated directly by BT UK people this way.

Payroll Giving - working for a good cause Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly and on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice.

Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you're a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p.

Payroll Giving (also known as Give As You Earn or workplace giving) is a valuable, long term source of revenue, providing regular income to help charities budget and plan ahead more effectively. Employees can choose to support any charity of their choice with a regular donation direct from their pay.

It is cheaper because it is tax free - for example, a donation of £5 per month costs the basic rate tax payer £4 (the taxman pays the rest!)

Higher rate taxpayers- the only way to pass on your 40% or 45% tax to charities. Only 28% can be recouped via other ways of giving.

Geared for Giving Campaign Last month BT Chairman Sir Michael Rake launched a new phase of the national Geared for Giving Campaign that is calling for every employer in the UK with over 250 employees to offer Payroll Giving to their staff. The


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