Recent news

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

United Kingdom (Scotland): New cases pass 3,000 to reach new record high

The number of detected COVID-19 cases have risen this week to over 3,000 a day, the highest level on record …

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United Kingdom: Natwest offers discounted staff fertility treatment

The Banking group Natwest has established a scheme, in partnership with Fertifa, offering employees discounts on the utilization of private vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment …

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United Kingdom: The future of video hearings

Remote/virtual Employment Tribunals (courts of first instance) will continue, even after other courts have returned to in-person hearings …

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United Kingdom: Annual returns for employment-related securities | deadline 6 July 2021

Employers are reminded that the deadline for submitting annual returns in respect to employment-related securities is 6th July 2021 …

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United Kingdom: Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss workers from July 2021

Please note that from 1st July 2021, new rules concerning right to work checks apply …

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United Kingdom: Inflation jumps to 2.1% as petrol and clothing prices rise

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 2 …

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United Kingdom: Post-Brexit trade agreement reached between UK and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Australia

Two separate free trade agreements (FTAs) have been reached between the UK and three EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and also with Australia …

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United Kingdom: Government launches new watchdog to protect workers’ rights

The government has announced the proposed merger of three enforcement agencies into one unified body – the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC’s National Minimum Wage Enforcement Unit …

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United Kingdom: Uber signs driver bargaining agreement with major UK union

The ride-hailing giant, Uber, has just signed a recognition accord with one of the UK’s biggest trade unions, the GMB, giving the union the right to represent UK drivers in discussions over earnings, pensions, benefits and their health and wellbeing …

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United Kingdom: EU/EEA nationals unable to use ID cards to enter the UK from 1 October 2021

From 1st October 2021, citizens of EEA countries and Switzerland will no longer be permitted to visit the UK using their national identity card …

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United Kingdom: Wales hopes to trial universal basic income

The First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford has announced that the Welsh government is currently planning to establish a trial use of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) Scheme …

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United Kingdom: Employee earnings (2020)

If an employee is in the top one percent of the working population due to their earnings level, how much would they actually earn? Last year, according to the ONS ASHE Survey, their annual gross full-time earnings would average £150,000 (US$212,363) …

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United Kingdom: Professions structures changes

There are few sources that provide us with an objective picture of how the structure of the professions have developed over time …

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United Kingdom: Skilled professionals will have recognition of equivalent qualifications

One consequence of Brexit has been exclusion from the EU’s system of mutual recognition of qualifications …

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United Kingdom: EU residence documents are no longer valid after 30 June 2021

To overcome the problem of administrative delay in issuing new EUSS Biometric Residence Cards, the Home Office is allowing those already registered under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to carry on using their old EEA card (EEA BRC) after 30th June 2021 …

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