Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Tribunal awards £36,000 to woman denied flexible working

Flexible working denial can be still thrown into the mix if multiple discrimination claimed …

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United Kingdom: Traveling to an EU country for business or a short-term assignment

The UK government has produced very useful country-by-country guides to all EU countries …

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United Kingdom: M&G introduces enhanced neonatal pay and leave

The international savings and investments business M&G has introduced enhanced neonatal pay and leave …

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United Kingdom: Production sector already leading the way into a deep recession

We now have confirmation from the UK Chancellor that the UK is already in recession …

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United Kingdom: Unemployment continues to rise and vacancies decline

The number of people employed fell by 52,000 between Q2 2022 and Q3 2022 with job vacancies falling by 1 …

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United Kingdom: Dress code relaxation amongst airlines

British Airways has updated its regulations on dress code to be more inclusive of all staff …

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United Kingdom: Huge growth in inactivity due to long-term sickness

Between the Spring of 2019 and June-August 2022, the number of people who were economically inactive due to long-term sickness grew from 2 million to 2 …

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United Kingdom: Fraud rates soaring during cost of living crisis

Fraud-related crimes grew over the year to this Spring by over 17% …

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United Kingdom: Royal Mail to pay upwards of £100,000 in bonus whistleblower case

Although normal unfair dismissal compensation is capped at one year’s salary, a recent case illustrates how this is waived for whistleblowing claims …

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United Kingdom: What is worrying the population?

Results from the latest ONS “Opinions and Lifestyle Survey” undertaken between 26th October to 6th November 2022 indicate that the greatest concern of respondents was the cost of living (93%) …

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United Kingdom: Soaring prices worse than headline rates

The Office for National Statistics continues to publish the CPIH index figures because they reflect a lower rate of price inflation than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) …

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Northern Ireland: Miscarriage leave and pay

Following public consultation, a Bill is now being drawn up to introduce financial support from day one for mothers who experience a miscarriage during their pregnancy …

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Northern Ireland: No growth for real public sector pay during the last decade

Over the year to April 2022, median annual earnings increased by 3 …

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United Kingdom: New pointers to the selection for redundancy of fixed-term workers

Even if an employee is on a fixed-term contract, they enjoy a measure of protection from unfair dismissal during a redundancy exercise if they have been employed for two years or more …

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United Kingdom: COVID-19 pandemic far from at an end

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in England and Wales between week 11 of 2020 and week 43 of 2022 was 189,749 …

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