Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Kingdom as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

United Kingdom: Legislative changes coming in 2020

The “Queen’s Speech” to Parliament on December 19th 2019 confirmed a number of legislative changes, some of which had been subject to consultation …

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United Kingdom: The rights of self-employed contractors

An Employment Tribunal decision concerning the rights of self-employed contractors during a TUPE regulated business transfer have been reported recently in the legal press …

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United Kingdom: New IR35 rules

As the deadline of April 6th for new IR35 rules on the employment of independent contractors nears, an increasing number of companies are deciding not to utilize “off-payroll” workers …

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United Kingdom: Most new jobs created in next decade will be filled by over 65s

The Office for National Statistics has predicted that half of the new UK jobs created within the next decade will be filled by those aged 65 and over, and that two-thirds of all new jobs by 2060 could be filled by this age group …

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United Kingdom: Government doubles the number of fast-track visas for scientists

The UK Home Office has confirmed that the number of fast-track visas allowing elite scientists from abroad to work at UK Universities will be increased from 62 to more than 120 a year …

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United Kingdom: Lloyd’s of London whistleblowing hotline inactive for 16 months

One way to keep internal reports of wrongdoing down is to switch off the whistleblower helpline …

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United Kingdom: Law firms “fobbing off clients” with AI claims

Speakers at a Legal Futures conference in London last month highlighted how many law firms had overstressed their commitment to AI when it was not currently deliverable for the tasks most lawyers undertook …

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United Kingdom: What happens next?

With the result now in for the general election, what happens next? There would appear to be just sufficient time for the Withdrawal Bill to get through the UK Parliament and both committee and plenary sessions before the European Parliament ahead of the 31st of January 2020 deadline …

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United Kingdom: National debt

The elephant in the room, as we approach a final Brexit day, is national debt …

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United Kingdom: Vodafone staff to get four months fully-paid parental leave

An increasing number of UK companies are introducing their own parental leave policies …

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United Kingdom: Look for real changes in the manufacturing sector can be hard

Look for real changes in the manufacturing sector on the website of the official Office for National Statistics (ONS) and they will be hard to find …

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United Kingdom: New guidance on use of confidentiality agreements in discrimination cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidelines on using confidentiality agreements in discrimination, harassment and victimisation cases that may contravene the Equality Act as well as non-enforceable agreements …

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United Kingdom: Brexit backdoor bonanza

The grim truth about Brexit deal III worked out between the current UK government and the EU this Autumn is that in attempting to remove the Irish backstop there will be established a huge facility for smuggling goods into and through the European Union tariff free …

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United Kingdom: Deeply flawed statistic

In spite of widescale closures of manufacturing plants, the collapse of leading high street retail chains and the large-scale financial exodus from institutions in the city of London, UK employment has appeared to have kept stable and unemployment fallen since the Brexit vote …

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United Kingdom: Simpler annual benefit statements for workplace pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a consultation document on simpler annual benefit statements for workplace pensions …

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