Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Economic impact of the Pandemic

Around one fifth of companies have partly suspended or temporarily closed operations to date and almost 50% expect to temporarily lay off 50% by the end of this week …

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United Kingdom: Agreement to protect thousands of offshore workers during coronavirus pandemic

A new agreement has been concluded between the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) and the trade union Unite concerning offshore rig, supply, and associated onshore support workers …

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United Kingdom: Executive approves new powers to protect the public

The Northern Ireland Executive has issued regulations that place tight controls on businesses during the current crisis …

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United Kingdom: Gender pay gap reporting enforcement suspended this year

Due to the current international health crisis, employers are no longer required to meet the April 4th deadline for gender pay gap reporting …

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United Kingdom: Boots launch drive-thru coronavirus testing centre for NHS workers

The pharmaceutical company Boots has established a “drive thru” Coronavirus testing centre at its Nottingham headquarters and is planning to introduce further such centres around the country …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus support for employees and businesses

Legislation is now in force allowing companies with up to 250 employees to reclaim statutory sick pay if an employee is absent from work due to COVID-19 …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus: who are the key workers on Covid-19 list?

The Department of Education has published a list of workers whose children must be still provided with schooling now that state schools have closed …

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United Kingdom: PHE weekly all cause mortality report

At the end of March (week 12, 2020), Public Health England (PHE) reported “no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality by week of death was observed overall in England” …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus response – Statutory sick pay available from day one

The latest government guidance if employees feel unwell, with a continuous cough or a high temperature, is to send them home …

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United Kingdom: Equality Commission issues new sexual harassment guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued new guidance on dealing with sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment, at work …

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United Kingdom: Immigration Health Surcharge rising to £624 in October 2020

With effect from October 1st, 2020, the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) – a mandatory fee that applies to all foreign nationals staying in the United Kingdom for at least six months – will be increased by 56% to £624 (US$727) per year …

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United Kingdom: Tier 2 salary requirement in 2020

The previously announced change in minimum salary for sponsored Tier 2 (General) workers applying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on or after April 6th 2020 has been suspended …

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United Kingdom: Employers need to prepare for April 2020 changes

The way annual leave is calculated will change on April 6th 2020 …

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United Kingdom: Government to pay up to 80% of workers’ wages

The Chancellor has announced a package of short-term support to employers …

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United Kingdom: Government postpones changes to IR35 tax rules

The planned changes to IR35 rules that would have pushed onto employers accountability for any misclassification of work as arising from self-employment and the use of personal service companies have surprisingly been postponed at the last moment …

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