Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Passengers arriving from abroad must complete on-line a public health locator form 48 hours before arrival …

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United Kingdom: Social gatherings above six banned

A ban comes into force on September 14th 2020 against all social gatherings, indoors or outdoors, of six or more people …

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United Kingdom: HMRC won’t pursue firms making ’legitimate’ furlough errors, it says

The Permanent Secretary in charge of revenue services, Jim Harra, has advised the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that an estimated 5-10% of claims by employers for job furlough payments were being investigated as potentially fraudulent …

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United Kingdom: Disguised remuneration

For many years, some employers operated loan schemes in which employees (and some contractors via umbrella companies) were paid “disguised remuneration” in the form of loans from an employer sponsored “benefit trust fund” …

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United Kingdom: Matt Hancock insists face masks WON’T be compulsory in workplaces

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has announced that the government is not going to make the wearing of face masks compulsory in workplaces, in spite of a requirement to wear masks on public transport, in shops, post offices, libraries, community centres and many other indoor settings …

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United Kingdom: Government plans new changes to criminal records disclosure regime

The government is proposing to amend the filtering mechanism for data automatically disclosed through both “standard” and “enhanced” criminal records certificates, issued mainly to prospective employers by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) …

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United Kingdom: Economy falls into largest recession on record

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by a total of 22 …

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United Kingdom: Vicarious liability

The dust has barely settled on the Supreme Court finding that Barclays Bank was not vicariously liable for the assault of 126 job candidates by an independent doctor contracted by them to undertake pre-employment medical examinations …

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United Kingdom: Emigration & immigration

Although a recent report has indicated a 30% rise in emigration from the UK to the EU between 2016 and 2018, the picture is not altogether as portrayed …

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United Kingdom: Announcement by UK Visas and Immigration regarding the validity of Venezuelan passports

The UK Visas and Immigration service recently announced that “Venezuelan passports that were issued or expired on or before 21st May 2019 may be considered valid by UK authorities for 5 years beyond their expiry date, with no requirement for an extension stamp/sticker/official marking, up to a maximum of 10 years from the date when the passport was issued” …

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United Kingdom: Sacrifice arrangements

Employers should take note that when calculating claims under the job retention scheme, they are only able to seek 80% of the gross salary actually applicable …

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United Kingdom: Support for businesses during coronavirus

It took months for the UK government to realise that not only was its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) not preventing employers from making employees redundant, but – in some ways – encouraging permanent layoffs …

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United Kingdom: Asda equal pay dispute goes to supreme court in virtual hearing

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Asda equal pay case …

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United Kingdom: Post-Brexit era

It is now time to look positively at the post-Brexit era …

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United Kingdom: BA issues ‘redundancy or pay cut’ ultimatum to staff

Even before discussion with trade unions began, British Airways started its promised programme of “fire and rehire”, commencing with cabin crew …

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