Statement

Patricia Brennock AFA MIPA ACoI,
Director of the Employment Rights Assessment

Patricia Brennock, Director of the Employment Rights Assessment (ERA), explains why the Community Interest Company has chosen the route to engage with UKAS to achieve a government-backed accreditation.

“The team at ERA are asked this question many times especially from the recruitment sector” explains Patricia.

“When developing ERA, it became clear from our research and discussions with recruitment agencies, umbrella companies, and government agencies, that the employment industry wanted a transparent, robust and impartial certification. From these discussions came the call for a fair and level playing field eliminating obstruction to entry to the market place. The need for “open to all at a competitive financial cost” was a comment we met time and time again.

Out of all this ERA services, the Employment Rights Assessment Services emerged. We listened to our markets, we listened to its needs and it became clear that if we were to do this, it would have to be with the highest level of governance possible. Our research told us that having a UKAS backed accreditation scheme would give us the level of governance we sought and this was openly welcomed and encouraged by all the parties we engaged with.

UKAS is the only UK Government appointed organisation for recognized accreditations. UKAS holds an important role within the BEIS who are its sponsors. UKAS also assists organisations to develop accreditation systems if the organisation can demonstrate a solid business case for such an accolade. Its scheme owners must uphold the highest levels of independence and transparency leaving no doubt that every participant is treated fairly.

Working with UKAS is highly challenging and rewarding. As we proceed through the scheme ERA is subjected to the utmost scrutiny to ensure that we uphold transparency, integrity and impartiality at all times.

ERA examines all aspects of employment rights from minimum wage, holiday pay, modern slavery, and confirmation that all taxes are paid appropriately and on time”

For additional information about the Employment Rights Assessment, and how it may benefit your business please contact us today.

P. Brennock AFA MIPA ACoI. Director.

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ERA AND UMBRELLA COMPANIES

Currently we know that there is talk of regulating umbrella companies and we understand why. The need to demonstrate compliance on a more frequent basis has affected many agencies and requesting additional certification from umbrella companies is now commonplace.

There are various companies who offer assessments and certifications and this gives agencies peace of mind that their contractors are being looked after and things are done correctly. Not all of these are affordable or accessible for smaller umbrella companies, but ERA Services has a fair and affordable pricing structure, and as long as you have 1 employee, you can opt for an ERA assessment.

ERA conducts a thorough, impartial assessment of all aspects of employment rights from minimum wage, holiday pay, modern slavery, and confirmation that all taxes are paid appropriately and on time for both your internal and umbrella workers, along with the additional responsibilities for your umbrella workers in line with AWR, the EAA Conduct Regulations and Key Information Documents.  The ERA audit is not just a case of ticking boxes and providing documents; in line with UKAS procedures, we look at the processes in place to ensure that a company is following them to be the best employer that they can be.

Holding an ERA certificate should reassure your agencies that you uphold the standards set for all employers in the UK and that your contractors are well taken care of.

ERA AND RECRUITMENT AGENCIES

We do recognise that in the temporary workforce sector that there has been much unrest over the last few years caused mainly by constant changes to taxation and employment law legislation and appreciate that recruitment agencies are under more and more pressure from end clients to evidence their compliance, and this includes their relationships with umbrella companies. The ERA assessment is tailored with additional questions that deal with your responsibilities as an employer of your internal staff, along with additional responsibilities for your temporary workers such as AWR day one and week 12 rights, EAA Conduct Regulations and the Key Information Document.

The ERA audit is not just a case of ticking boxes and providing documents; in line with UKAS procedures, we look at the processes in place to ensure that a company is following them to be the best employer that they can be.

Holding an ERA certificate should reassure your end clients that you uphold the standards set for all employers in the UK and that your contractors are well taken care of.

ERA AND EMPLOYERS

ERA conducts a thorough, impartial assessment of all aspects of employment rights from minimum wage, holiday pay, modern slavery, and confirmation that all taxes are paid appropriately and on time. The ERA audit is not just a case of ticking boxes and providing documents; in line with UKAS procedures, we look at the processes in place to ensure that a company is following them to be the best employer that they can be.