Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Virgin Media O2 supports UK staff with cost of living payment

Virgin Media O2 improves its family-friendly leave package …

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United Kingdom: Recessionary risk grows

The prospects that the country will have sunk into recession by Q4 2022 or Q1 2023 have become even more likely by the latest GDP monthly estimate for August 2022 from the Office for National statistics …

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United Kingdom: Simplification of IR35 rules

With effect from April 2023, it will no longer be necessary for end-user companies to provide “status determination statements” to HMRC concerning workers operating via personal service companies, or other intermediaries …

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Scotland: Dealing with mental health at work

The Scottish Government has launched a free online supporting a mentally healthy workplace platform …

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United Kingdom: Living Wage Foundation increases real living wage to £10.90

The Living Wage Foundation has amended its minimum rate to £10 …

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United Kingdom: A wider range of professionals may now sign “fit notes”

The new list of professionals empowered to authorize sickness absence in excess of seven days covers registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists …

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United Kingdom: Investigation into the emergence of “dark patterns” in AI systems used during recruitment exercises

Back in May, the information Commissioner’s Office published an updated “toolkit” on AI and data protection …

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United Kingdom and overseas territories: Bank holiday update on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on 19 September 2022

We have already reported the bank holiday that will take place in the UK, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man on Monday, 19th September 2022 …

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United Kingdom: What is the maximum working temperature that should be considered safe?

Currently, there is no law in the UK for maximum working temperatures, although the Approved Code of Practice sets a lower limit of 16C for indoor work (or 13C if the work involves a considerable amount of physical activity) …

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United Kingdom: ACAS publish guidance on asking and answering questions about discrimination at work

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has provided guidance for employers on how they should answer questions in response to a discrimination complaint …

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United Kingdom: John Lewis Partnership to give free meals to staff

With semblances of the workhouse, one of the UK’s largest up-market retailers is taking steps this Autumn to help staff in growing need of subsistence …

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United Kingdom: Evidence of a cooling economy is now visible in the core statistics that matter

Not only did UK GDP shrink slightly during Q2 2022, but there have been quarter-on-quarter pointers present in job vacancies (down 34,000), hours worked (minus 3 …

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United Kingdom: Phase 2 of Brexit on workplace deregulation

Phase 2 of Brexit, on workplace deregulation, likely to be rolled out over the next year …

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United Kingdom: Britain now the sixth largest economy behind India

The international ranking of the economy slips back to sixth place …

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United Kingdom: Variation in school examination standards during 2020-22

Employers should keep a permanent note of the variation in school examination standards during 2020-22 …

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