Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Wellbeing of Women launches ‘Menopause Workplace Pledge’ campaign

A women’s health charity has persuaded several major multinationals to sign a Menopause Workplace Pledge …

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United Kingdom: Arup employees allowed to split their working time over all 7 days in the week

The British professional services firm ARUP is turning working time regulations on their head by introducing a 7-day working week …

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United Kingdom: Grant Thornton launches inclusive, flexible approach to public holidays

The accounting firm Grant Thornton is reinventing the wheel …

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United Kingdom: Morrisons to cut sick pay for unvaccinated, isolating employees

The Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced that it will no longer be paying full sick-pay to certain employees who have not been fully vaccinated …

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United Kingdom: Private members’ bill presented by MP to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements

An attempt is being made through a Parliamentary private members’ Bill to ban the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in employment contracts …

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United Kingdom: Making flexible working the default

A consultation paper has just been published setting out a range of options to increase flexibility in the workplace …

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United Kingdom: All tips to go to staff under government plans

The government has revealed that it intends to include a new provision in a forthcoming Bill concerning the right of employees to receive tips free of deductions (other than for tax/national insurance) …

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United Kingdom: Transport union TSSA in talks over merger with US counterpart

Talks are underway between the TSSA and US Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) about a possible Transatlantic merger …

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United Kingdom: AU says UK non-recognition of Africa-administered vaccines regrettable

Although England has expanded its list of countries from which it recognises vaccines – none of these are in Africa …

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United Kingdom: London ULEZ charge

The London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is being expanded in October 2021 from an 8 square miles area in central London to 146 square miles stretching into the suburbs …

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United Kingdom: Rest break for part-time workers

A part-time worker denied a rest break is not necessarily being treated less favourably than a full-time worker on the grounds of their part-time status …

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United Kingdom: European health insurance card

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is now being replaced with the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) when the former card expires …

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United Kingdom: Over 60% of EU citizens stopped at ports by UK post-Brexit are Romanian

During the first six months of 2021, 60% of those stopped and questioned at UK ports were from Romania …

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United Kingdom: New system for international travel starting from October 2021

From Monday, 4th October 2021, international travel rules into the UK will change from red, amber and green classifications to just a group of red classified origins and relatively relaxed rules for the rest …

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United Kingdom: New Unite leader

The winner of the vote for General-Secretary of the UK’s biggest trade union, Unite, is Sharon Graham …

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