Recent news

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

United Kingdom: ‘War-time level deficits’ as UK faces £337bn COVID-19 bill

An officially projected £337BN public spending deficit in the current financial year is more than twice the level reached after the last recession …

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United Kingdom: Tariff cut damaging to economy

The promise of price reductions next year due to the removal of import tariffs is a desperate move, made without any regard for broader economic consequences and is sure to have very damaging longer-term effects on the UK economy …

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United Kingdom: Debenhams pay cut

The recent insolvency of the former stores group Debenhams also throws some light on the position of all companies that have furloughed workers, but wish to introduce a pay cut for employees when the furlough ends …

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United Kingdom: Manufacturing PMI down to 32.6 over April

Manufacturing in April fell more than in any month on record …

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United Kingdom: HR risks

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is currently running a campaign to warn business against market sharing in the present climate – when anti-competitive temptations will be so high …

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United Kingdom: Automatic enrolment and DC pension contributions: COVID-19 guidance for employers

Companies that take part in the government job retention scheme will receive financial compensation for only the basic level of automatic enrolment pension they have to pay …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus pay cuts

It is becoming common during the present crisis for large companies, especially in the UK, to introduce pay cuts and to freeze annual bonus payments …

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United Kingdom: The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Employers are rightfully concerned about the glut of holiday rights they will face in 2021 and 2022 when the present crisis is hopefully over, just as they seek to resume operations …

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United Kingdom: FCA proposes help for motor finance and high cost credit customers

Employees saddled with credit card debt and overdrafts are now given some relief by the Financial Conduct Authority which has placed a freeze on such payments …

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United Kingdom: Reduced percentage for requesting an information and consultation agreement in the workplace

Although the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations have, for many years, required employers in workplaces with 50+ employees to establish a formal agreement with employees when requested to do so by at least 10% of the workforce, now the situation has changed …

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United Kingdom: Law society issue furlough guidance

According to the UK Law Society President, Simon Davis, “The shock to the legal services sector has been sudden and severe …

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United Kingdom: Health and safety guidance

The Health and Safety Executive has issued a reminder to companies that under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, there is an obligation to offer “welfare” (toilet and first-aid) facilities to those visiting company premises, including delivery drivers …

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United Kingdom: New law will mean employers in Wales have to keep staff two metres apart

Up to now the need to keep more than two metres apart at work has been advisory, but now the Welsh Parliament has voted through a new regulation making this compulsory …

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United Kingdom: Supreme Court says employer not vicariously liable for employee’s data protection breach

The Supreme Court has finally resolved in the case of Morrison Supermarkets plc vs Various Claimants finding that employers are not, in fact, vicariously liable for data breaches resulting from the unauthorised acts of their employees, provided that these are outside the course of their employment and are not closely connected with any authorised employment activities …

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United Kingdom: Visas extended for those currently unable to return home due to COVID-19

Foreigners visiting the UK on a visa who cannot return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to extend their visa until May 31st 2020 …

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