Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Gender pay gap widening

The provisional results of the Office of National Statistic’s Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings show a widening in the gender pay gap in the UK …

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United Kingdom: Further details on shared parental leave

The UK government has now published its response to consultation regarding the proposal for shared parental leave, which will come into force in April 2015 …

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United Kingdom: Pay deal reached with union

On December 9th, after a year of negotiations, the UK’s Royal Mail reached a pay agreement with the Communications Workers Union (CWU) …

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United Kingdom: Tax measures announced in Autumn Statement

In its 2013 Autumn Statement, the UK government announced its intention to remove the obligation on employers to pay national insurance contributions for the earnings of employees under the age of 21 (up to the upper earnings limit) …

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United Kingdom: Liabilities post-transfer

The UK Court of Appeal has clarified the circumstances in which the purchaser of a business may be liable for dismissals which took place before the transfer of undertakings …

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United Kingdom: Inquiry into trade union tactics

The UK government has commissioned an inquiry into trade union tactics following a dispute at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland …

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United Kingdom: Fines for employing long-term unpaid interns

The UK’s Revenue and Customs service (HMRC) is cracking down on businesses employing unpaid interns …

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United Kingdom: New “defined ambition” pension scheme

The UK government has proposed a new type of pension scheme known as a “defined ambition” pension scheme …

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United Kingdom: Promise of tax breaks for paying the living wage

The British Labour party has announced that if they win the next general election they will give companies tax rebates amounting to an average £445 per year for each worker whose salary is increased to the so-called “living wage” …

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United Kingdom: Guarantee payments due for decreased working time

A UK employer has recently been held liable by the Court of Appeal for failing to make guarantee payments to employees who had agreed to a decreased working time schedule …

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United Kingdom: Non-solicitation clause judged permissible

The UK Court of Appeal has released its judgment in the case of Coppage v Safety Net Services, stating that a clause preventing the former employee from soliciting any of the former employer’s business customers for six months after termination of the employment relationship was permissible …

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United Kingdom: Employer may be expected to meet private medical expenses

The UK Employment Appeals Tribunal has held that the provision of private medical treatment can come within the scope of “reasonable adjustments” that should be made by an employer to ensure a disabled employee is not at a disadvantage in the workplace …

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United Kingdom: Health and safety civil claim changes

The UK health and safety claim procedure has been revised with the effect that employees can now only bring claims against their employer for specific breaches of health and safety legislation …

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United Kingdom: Health and safety deregulation

Since October 1st, UK businesses no longer have to obtain the approval of the Health and Safety Executive in respect of their first-aid training and qualification provisions …

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United Kingdom: Health and safety reporting obligations reduced

The UK’s Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) were amended on October 1st …

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