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  • Autonomous Vehicles and the Built Environment

    25 September 2017

    Self-driving cars are on their way. The trailblazers (Tesla, Google, Uber) are conducting increasingly sophisticated tests in real-world conditions. The traditional car makers (General Motors, BMW) are acquiring start-ups or partnering with established tech companies to boost their capabilities. Ford recently promoted the head of its smart mobility unit to chief executive and aims to have a mass market fully autonomous car by 2021.

  • Service provision changes – determining principal purpose of organised grouping

    25 September 2017

    The EAT has given guidance on the correct approach to determining the “principal purpose” of an organised grouping of employees within the meaning of the service provision change (“SPC”) rules under TUPE.

  • Gender pay gap reporting – the story so far

    25 September 2017

    It’s a little over five months since the first “snapshot date” of 5 April 2017 and less than seven months before the final deadline for employers with 250 or more UK staff to publish their first ever gender pay gap reports without incurring the wrath of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This seems as good a point as any to ask the question “Where are we now?”

  • Automatic transfer of employees applies on ‘pre-pack’ sale

    25 September 2017

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has confirmed that, in the event of a “pre-pack” sale aimed at rescuing all or part of an insolvent undertaking as a going concern, EU transfer of undertakings law requires that the employees automatically transfer. This is consistent with the position in the UK under TUPE.

  • Illegal working penalties released; name, shame and make them pay

    25 September 2017

    The ONS has released the illegal working civil penalties data for the first quarter of 2017. The revenue raised was £5,900,000, prior to any adjustment following objections to the penalties. Given the population difference, it is not surprising that London and the South East had the highest number of penalties applied and illegal workers found but there were still large numbers issues in the Midlands and North West as well.

  • Bid to object to transfer fails because TUPE did not apply

    22 September 2017

    The High Court has considered an employee’s attempt to escape a lengthy period of garden leave by objecting to a TUPE transfer when his employer was going through a change in ownership. This was a creative attempt by the employee to avoid his contractual notice obligations, but he ultimately failed due to the lack of one key ingredient - a TUPE transfer.

  • Gimme 5

    22 September 2017

    A series of five hints, tips and thoughts to help keep your sponsor licence healthy.

  • April 2017 changes

    22 September 2017

    In April we saw the introduction of the Government’s much heralded immigration skills charge. The charge is in essence a penalty fee payable by Tier 2 sponsors for relying on non-resident rather than local workers.

  • New guidance published for employers conducting right to work checks

    22 September 2017

    In August we also saw the publication of amended Home Office guidance for employers conducting right to work checks. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Continuous service for notice pay preserved on transfer

    22 September 2017

    The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has considered an interesting TUPE issue concerning continuous service, arising in a case referred by the Swedish Labour Court.

  • Mansplaining, micro-inequities and managers

    21 September 2017

    Over the years, awareness of discrimination has increased significantly. Almost everyone will (hopefully) be able to spot direct discrimination when they see it. For example, subjecting a gay worker to homophobic abuse, sacking a woman as soon as she announces her pregnancy, or telling a Muslim colleague that her hijab “made her look like a terrorist” (as was alleged in a recent Employment Tribunal claim).

  • Taxation of termination payments updated legislation published

    19 September 2017

    The Government proposes to make a number of changes to the tax and national insurance (“NI”) treatment of termination payments.

  • Andrew Osborne comments for Bloomberg: Premier League Fights to Retain Playing Talent After Brexit

    15 September 2017

    Andrew Osborne has commented in an article for Bloomberg which discusses the affect of Brexit on the Premier League retaining and attracting foreign players.

  • The Times' Lawyer of the Week: Adam Glass

    14 September 2017

    We are delighted that litigation Partner, Adam Glass has been named as The Lawyer of the Week by the The Times.

  • Competition watchdog’s open letter to the creative industries

    12 September 2017

    The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published an open letter to the creative industries on competition law. The letter reminds businesses that certain conduct that undermines competition in those industries is illegal.

  • Yahoo! We’re watching you… Monitoring employee communications

    06 September 2017

    Monitoring an employee’s personal correspondence at work was a breach of human rights, according to a new ruling by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”). This reverses the ECtHR’s previous judgment in the same case in January 2016.

  • Retail workers comparable to distribution centre workers for equal pay claim

    05 September 2017

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has ruled that individuals working in Asda’s retail stores can compare themselves with distribution centre workers in claims for equal pay.

  • Executive pay ratio reporting – sound familiar?

    04 September 2017

    The Government has recently announced it will take forward a number of proposals for corporate governance reform relating to employment. Media reports have focused on the watering down of earlier plans for worker representation on boards, which has predictably been attacked by unions.

  • Cliff Fluet speaking at VUT events in Germany

    25 August 2017

    Cliff Fluet will be speaking at two events on The Role of AI and VR in Today's Music Industry and The Controversy Between Copyright Owners and Users, for the German Association of Independant Music Companies. Both events will be taking place on Friday 22 September 2017.

  • Dr. Nathalie Moreno comments for Compliance Week: U.K. considering proposals to enforce better cyber-security

    23 August 2017

    Dr. Nathalie Moreno has commented in an article for Compliance Week on the news that the UK is considering fining organisations that supply “essential” services, but which fail to implement “effective” cyber-security measures, as much as much as £17m (U.S.$22m) or 4 percent of global turnover as part of plans to make the United Kingdom “safe, secure and resilient” from cyber-attacks.

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