Recent news

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

United Kingdom: New requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015

A new requirement for large companies in the UK to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement every financial year is expected to come into force in October 2015 …

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United Kingdom: Statistics on bonuses as percentage of total pay

According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, bonuses accounted for 6% of total pay for the whole UK economy in the financial year ending 2015 …

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United Kingdom: Dismissal for gross misconduct found to be fair despite delay

The UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) recently held that the dismissal of an employee who had made derogatory comments concerning their employment on a social media site was fair …

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United Kingdom: Criminal record certificates to be required for visa applications

As of September 1st 2015, individuals applying for entry into the UK under the Tier 1 category visa (Entrepreneurs and Investors) will need to obtain a criminal record certificate for every country they have lived in for 12 months or more in the 10 years prior to making their application …

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United Kingdom: 7,000 working days lost in June 2015

According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, in the twelve months leading up to June 2015, there were 670,000 working days lost as a result of 156 labour relations stoppages …

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United Kingdom: Consultation on taxation of termination payments

The UK government has launched a consultation on potential reforms to the taxation of termination payments …

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United Kingdom: Ruling on agency workers’ rights

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that EU law does not give agency workers a right to apply for the position they have been temporarily filling …

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United Kingdom: No avoiding speeding fines issued in another EU state

Drivers of vehicles registered in Denmark, Ireland and the UK currently escape many traffic speeding offences committed in the rest of the European Union …

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United Kingdom: Women forced out of jobs due to maternity discrimination

New research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission estimates that 54,000 new mothers in the UK could be forced out of their jobs every year as a result of maternity discrimination …

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United Kingdom: Retailer to pay workers the ‘living wage’

The Swedish multinational company IKEA will become the first national retailer in the UK to pay its workers the ‘living wage’ as recommended by the Living Wage Foundation …

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United Kingdom: 18-month limit for annual leave carryover as a result of sickness

An employee’s right to carry over annual leave where it remains untaken as a result of long-term sickness absence is not an unlimited right, according to the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) …

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United Kingdom: Consultation on gender pay regulations

The UK government has published a consultation paper seeking views on the new gender pay regulations …

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United Kingdom: Proposed national living wage for over 25s

Plans to introduce a compulsory national living wage have been announced by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne …

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United Kingdom: Warning against Employment Allowance avoidance scheme

It has recently come to light in the UK that a recruitment company has been promoting a scheme that it claims allows employers to avoid their entire liability to pay employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) …

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United Kingdom: EAT ruling on jurisdiction of internationally mobile employee

An interesting case was recently examined by the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) …

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