Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Is the economy really out of the woods?

It is perhaps no coincidence that the announcement of a general election on 4th July 2024 followed the ostensible good news that UK’s GDP officially turned from contraction over the year to Q4 2023 to year-on-year growth of 0 …

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United Kingdom: : Post-election prospects

A general election has just been called for Thursday, 4th July 2024 …

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United Kingdom: Call for assistance on ‘fit note’ reforms

The Department for Work and pensions and Department of Health and Social Care are currently undertaking a public consultation on the use of “fit notes” to justify sick leave …

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United Kingdom: Abolition of lifetime pension allowance

Until last month a statutory maximum level of pension funding had been in place since 2006 …

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United Kingdom: Launch of fire/rehire Code

18th July 2024 has been set for the new statutory code on firing and rehiring employees …

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United Kingdom: XPO enhances maternity benefits

After two years’ service, female employees at this leading provider of asset-based less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation shipping company will have the balance of their maternity pay substantially enhanced …

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United Kingdom: JLR to implement menopause workplace policy

The auto company Jaguar Land Rover has reached an agreement with the Unite union on a comprehensive menopause policy …

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United Kingdom: New price index – HCI

The Office for National Statistics has finally responded to criticism of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) by launching a new “Household Cost Index” (HCI) which indicates in a more genuine way how changing prices affect true rises in the cost of living for different UK households …

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United Kingdom: ICO publishes guidance on monitoring workers

The Information Commissioner’s latest guidance on the fair and lawful monitoring of employees calls on employers to periodically examine all such activities in relation to existing data protection constraints …

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United Kingdom: Trade union rights

Currently section 146 of the Trade Union & Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 prohibits action short of dismissal on grounds related to union membership or activities …

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United Kingdom: Legal status of a collective agreement

Later this Spring the Supreme Court will rule in the case of the Unite Union vs Nexus (2022/0180) …

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United Kingdom: British Engines enhances maternity pay

Working parents at the Newcastle-based ‘British Engines Group’ are now entitled to full pay for the first 16 weeks of maternity leave, 75% pay for the following six weeks and 50% pay for the next 12 weeks …

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United Kingdom: Holland and Barrett to increase hourly pay for store employees (April 2024)

The leading health and well-being stores group ‘Holland and Barrett’ will be increasing its store staff hourly pay rates from 1st April 2024 from £11 to £12 an hour, with London-based colleagues seeing pay rise from £11 …

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United Kingdom: Automatic extension of sponsorship licences

The Home Office has announced that from 6th April 2024 employers that have sponsorship licences allowing them to recruit overseas will no longer have to renew them every 4 years by paying a renewal fee …

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Scotland: Clean break provisions in settlement agreements

There is always some concern that although a “full and final settlement” clause is included in a mutual severance agreement the employee could still return with a claim, especially if a future risk had not been considered in the settlement document …

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