Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Manufacturing shrinks as Brexit costs begin to bite

The CBI order book balance edged down to minus 5 in November 2022, which means that order books remained below normal for the fourth consecutive month …

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United Kingdom: The impact of rising prices on mental health

In the UK, 19 Charities have written to the Prime Minister to point out that the pressure of high inflation on low income families is having a huge impact on the incidence of depression and suicide levels …

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United Kingdom: The vanishing dismissal – when an employee does not want to be re-instated

What happens if an employee wins an appeal against unfair dismissal and is reinstated, can they still take a case for unfair dismissal over the original Act? In the EAT case Marangakis v Iceland Foods Limited, an employee sought to change her Appeal from reinstatement to that of an apology and compensation …

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United Kingdom: New pay offer to British Telecom (BT) staff

Employees of BT are in the process of voting over a provisional pay deal agreed with the Unions CWU and Prospect …

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United Kingdom: Flexible working rights from day one of employment

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill continues to make its way through Parliament …

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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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