Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Another success for pharmacists at Lloydspharmacy as trade union bargaining unit decided

Pharmacists working for LloydsPharmacy group who are seeking recognition as a trade union bargaining unit have come a step closer to achieving their claim …

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United Kingdom: Trade deals after Brexit

It is a huge uphill task for UK negotiators to fill the gap left by existing EU trade deals with other countries and trading blocks when it leaves the EU on December 31st …

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United Kingdom: EU identity cards will not be enough to enter UK from October 2021

From 1st October 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will not be able to use their national ID card to enter the UK …

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United Kingdom: Avoidance of “double contributions”

With the EEA and Switzerland (apart from the Irish Republic) now appearing to be practically future “no go” areas for posting employees, what other countries around the World will there be that allow posting without the need to pay social security twice? The following countries are those that allow at least the avoidance of “double contributions” – Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Isle of Man, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey and Guernsey, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Republics of former Yugoslavia (the Republics of Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo), South Korea, Turkey and the USA …

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United Kingdom: Posted worker rules

With the Brexit transition period coming to an end, what will happen to posted workers operating in EEA countries from 1st January 2021? Under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, employees already posted to the EEA or Switzerland should be covered by current rules until they finish their current assignment …

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United Kingdom: National minimum wage to rise from April 2021

With effect from April 2021, the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase by 2 …

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United Kingdom: Collapse of 2 retailers puts 25,000 jobs at risk

The collapse of the clothing retailer Arcadia and Department store group Debenhams within days of each other has left the future for 25,000 employees very uncertain and a huge hole in the typical UK high street …

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United Kingdom: ‘Real living wage’ rises to £9.50 an hour

Employees outside of London who work for an employer voluntarily signed up to the Real Living Wage will now receive £9 …

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United Kingdom: Lidl increases hourly pay for 20,000 employees

With effect from March 2021, over 20,000 lowest grade employees working for the supermarket chain Lidl will receive new hourly pay rates, ranging from £9 …

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United Kingdom: Businesses could get up to £3k for each new apprentice hired

Welsh businesses are now able to claim up to £3,000 (US$3,969) for each new under 25 year old apprentice they employ working at least 30 hours per week, and £1,500 for those working less than 30 hours per week …

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United Kingdom: New powers will allow government to block buyers over security concerns

A new takeover law is being introduced to create an early warning system for prospective business or intellectual property transfers to overseas interests in 17 sensitive commercial sectors …

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United Kingdom: Supreme Court considers principles applicable to determine governing law of arbitration agreement

The Supreme Court has established a test to determine the governing law for an international arbitration agreement (Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v …

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United Kingdom: Parliament approves month-long COVID-19 lockdown for England

As Britain enters a new pandemic lockdown phase, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what the changes mean in relative terms …

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United Kingdom: New immigration system

The new immigration system will be launched on 1st December 2020 and will apply to EEA workers from 1st January 2021 …

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United Kingdom: Job retention bonus scheme

Further details about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme have now been released by the HMRC …

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