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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Directors and their general duties

    11 September 2017

    English law imposes on company directors high standards of behaviour and they must put the interests of the company before their own. Their duties are derived from both statute and case law. In addition to general duties, there are extensive specific duties. This is an introductory guide to those general duties.

  • 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.

  • Amendments to rules on bringing family members to the UK: Have the Government gone far enough?

    22 August 2017

    On 10 August 2017 changes to the immigration rules came into force which will have wide implications for British citizens wanting to bring family members to join them in the UK.

  • A guide to the litigation process

    15 August 2017

    If you are involved in a dispute you need to know: what options there are for resolving the dispute; what litigation involves; the steps from the start of proceedings to trial; what parties to proceedings have to do; the fundamentals of court procedure; how to use legal advisers efficiently and cost effectively; and what happens after judgment.

  • Your employees and Brexit: the situation so far

    14 August 2017

    With the Government’s announcement in June of its plan for EU migrants following Brexit, many UK employers are struggling to understand the potential effects of its proposal on employees who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals.

  • BAME footballers, unconscious bias and the workplace

    08 August 2017

    A study published last year analysed the racial composition of professional football club leadership, looking at players, coaches and key decision-makers in Premier League and Football League clubs.

  • Latest decision on holiday pay - regular voluntary overtime payments to be included

    07 August 2017

    The EAT has clarified that regular voluntary overtime payments form part of “normal remuneration” and should be included in the calculation of holiday pay for the purposes of the four weeks’ minimum annual leave entitlement required by EU law.

  • "No veneer in 'ere": separating the wood from the MDF

    07 August 2017

    In what is a highly unusual volte-face, an advertiser has succeeded in turning the tables on the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

  • Thorny issues arising from the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees

    04 August 2017

    The Supreme Court ruled last week that Employment Tribunal (“ET”) fees are unlawful. The case has significant constitutional and political implications, but also raises a number of thorny practical issues. We explore some of these issues here and will provide further updates as matters develop.

  • Right to paid parental bereavement leave is coming

    04 August 2017

    The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, introduced into Parliament last month, would entitle employed parents who have lost a child to take statutory paid leave to allow them time to grieve. Although this is a private member’s bill, it is supported by the Government and would meet a Conservative manifesto promise to ensure “bereavement support” for employees – so there is a good chance it will become law in due course.

  • Joanna Hunt writes for HR Magazine: EU nationals in the UK: Brexit and beyond

    02 August 2017

    Joanna Hunt has written an article for HR Magazine as the government announces its long overdue plan for EU nationals and their family members.

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