Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Economic growth slowed to 0.8% in May 2021

Although there has been a gradual return of growth across the economy, the overall picture to date has been muted …

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United Kingdom: Acas statement on fire and rehire practices

Last October, the government asked the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to undertake a fact-finding exercise into the practice of “fire and rehire“, especially during the pandemic period …

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United Kingdom: PwC to expand benefits offerings to include fertility leave

The accounting firm PwC has established a new “Fertility Leave” policy …

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United Kingdom: Court of Appeal confirms Deliveroo riders are self employed

A claim made by the Independent Workers Union for delivery personnel working for Deliveroo, to be subject to a collective agreement has been denied by the London Court of Appeal …

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United Kingdom: Equal pay and comparability of pay terms

The establishment of equal pay comparisons across different job functions and locations was given new clarity by the Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley case …

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United Kingdom: Sodexo UK and Ireland reveals 5% ethnicity pay gap

The first ever published ethnicity pay gap report by the catering group Sodexo has revealed that in 2020 “Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnic (BAME)” employees in the UK and Ireland earned, on average, 5% less than ethnically white employees …

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United Kingdom: John Lewis Partnership offers 6 months equal paid parental leave in UK first

The retailing Group John Lewis will be introducing this Autumn a new right to six months paid parental leave for all employees on the birth of their child …

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United Kingdom: Dismissal for refusal to return to work (COVID-19)

We do not normally report court of first instance (Employment Tribunal) cases because they do not constitute legal precedents and can so readily be reversed on Appeal …

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United Kingdom: Surprise 1.6% shrink in GDP for Q1 2021

The UK economy continues to shrink, with GDP down 1 …

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United Kingdom (Scotland): New cases pass 3,000 to reach new record high

The number of detected COVID-19 cases have risen this week to over 3,000 a day, the highest level on record …

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United Kingdom: Natwest offers discounted staff fertility treatment

The Banking group Natwest has established a scheme, in partnership with Fertifa, offering employees discounts on the utilization of private vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment …

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United Kingdom: The future of video hearings

Remote/virtual Employment Tribunals (courts of first instance) will continue, even after other courts have returned to in-person hearings …

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United Kingdom: Annual returns for employment-related securities | deadline 6 July 2021

Employers are reminded that the deadline for submitting annual returns in respect to employment-related securities is 6th July 2021 …

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United Kingdom: Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss workers from July 2021

Please note that from 1st July 2021, new rules concerning right to work checks apply …

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United Kingdom: Inflation jumps to 2.1% as petrol and clothing prices rise

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 2 …

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