Newsletter Issue 24 – March 2023 

Newsletter Issue 24 – March 2023 

Welcome to the March issue of the Fast Forward Newsletter. In this month’s issue:

Stronger Together – 10 Year Event, 17th May 2023 – BOOK TICKETS

Fast Forward News

Industry and legislative news highlighted last month:

If you would like to request any inclusions or have comments on this publication, or any other part of the programme, please do get in touch.

The Fast Forward Team

Stronger Together – 10 year event

Join us at Stronger Together’s 10-year anniversary event, where you’ll gain expert insights on contemporary issues and how to implement tangible change.

Together, we have achieved a great deal, but we cannot be complacent. Workers continue to be at risk of exploitation – with compounding threats of the cost of living, climate change, and infiltration from criminal gangs. Meanwhile momentum for responsible recruitment and fair work continues to grow across the world, with emerging legislation, industry bench-marking and consumer expectations.

The agenda includes inspiring panel sessions, perspectives from a range of stakeholders, and practical interactive breakout sessions facilitated by experts, so you will be challenged, inspired and leave feeling positive about the next steps you can take within your role and organisation.


Worker Information

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new worker information page! This page is designed to provide UK workers with useful information and know where to go to access further support if needed.

On the new page, you will find:

  • Short animation videos for workers on their rights, available in English, Bulgarian, Gujarati, Romanian and Ukrainian.
  • Information about Just Good Work – the free worker-information app
  • Signposts to different organisations that can support workers further

We encourage all of our stakeholders to take advantage of this new resource for workers and let us know if there is any additional information they would like to see included.

‘Beyond Compliance’ recording now available

The ‘Beyond Compliance’ webinar recording is now available, on your Dashboard.
Get insight into:

  • How your business can progress from Developing through to Leading
  • Control Points anticipated from summer 2023
  • Latest legislative updates, delivered by Stronger Together’s Co-CEO Hannah Newcomb.

If you would like to provide contributions or apply to be a speaker get in contact.

Dashboard – New or helpful resource links

(SEP) Supplier Training

Supplier training sessions are now available to book on our website. The next available session is Thursday, 23 March. This new 2.5 hour format is a Supplier only event and covers:

  • Navigating your way around SEP Dashboard
  • Review of self-paced Core Standard online training modules
  • The step-by-step Audit Process and Management Systems approach
  • The seven Core Standards and latest legislative updates
  • Q&A
  • Click here to find out more on what is covered!

All SEP subscribers are entitled to 1 free training place every 12 months. 

If you have already attended training but wish to attend again as a refresher or would like for other colleagues from your business to attend, you may purchase additional tickets at the discounted rate of £95.00 + VAT.


Extension of Auto-Enrolment Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed it will support proposals to expand Automatic Enrolment, with the aim of enabling millions of people to save more and to start saving earlier.

  • Seeks to extend auto-enrolment pension to those between the age of 18 and the state pension age and will remove the lower limit for qualifying earnings.
  • Currently employers are only required to make pension contributions on behalf of workers over the age of 21 and calculated only on a worker’s qualifying earnings between £6,240 and £50,270.

Employer’s guide to right to work checks
GOV.UK – Click here for version update

The most significant updates relate to:

  • Clarification for employers on the use of Identity Document Validation Technology (IDVT) and Identity Service Providers (IDSPs) to support manual document-based and Home Office online checking service right to work checks.
  • The use of “Reusable Identities” for checks involving the use of IDSPs (Annex C, Appendix A).
  • The end of the COVID-19 temporary adjusted checks on 30 September 2022.
  • Changes to enable some individuals with an outstanding, in-time application for permission to stay in the UK, or an appeal, or Administrative Review (3C leave) to prove their right to work using the Home Office online checking service. For more information, please refer to this factsheet
  • Confirmation that Re-Admission to the UK (RUK) endorsements are an acceptable document for the purposes of right to work checks (List A, no. 4).
  • Information on sponsored work and student categories (Annex B).
  • Information on short-dated Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs).
  • The ‘Employment of Ukraine nationals’ annex is now solely contained within guidance under Annex D.

Just Good Work

Just Good Work is a free, interactive mobile app giving jobseekers and workers from the UK or abroad critical information and advice on recruitment and employment. The Fast Forward audit requires businesses to display the Just Good Work poster.

Posters are available to download for free in nine languages from the Fast Forward website: Albanian, Bulgarian, English, Croatian, Gujarati, Polish, Romanian, Serbian and Ukrainian.


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