Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Telework hours fall

It is often stated in government debates about the merits of remote working, that it leads to the problem of employees working excessive overtime …

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United Kingdom: Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

The May bank holiday in 2022 will be moved to 2nd June 2022 (Thursday) and an extra bank holiday introduced on 3rd June 2022 (Friday) …

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United Kingdom: Supreme Court rules that “sleep-in” workers are not entitled to national minimum wage for the entirety of their shift

The UK Supreme Court has decided that those who sleep over on employer premises, but remain on stand-by to be called in emergencies are only entitled to the national minimum wage for the time when they are required to work during their stand-by hours [Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad and another (T/A Clifton House Residential Home)] …

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United Kingdom: New rules for taxation of termination payments

New tax rules now apply to all employees whose positions are terminated and receive notice payments …

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United Kingdom: Employee share plan reporting by 6th July 2021

The annual round of share plan reporting comes to a head on 6th July 2021 …

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United Kingdom: Technology managing people

Even though it remains evident under common law and statute that the acts of employers remain their direct responsibility, however informed, the trades union movement continues to see all forms of automation used to assist with decision making as a legal loophole …

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United Kingdom: Asda workers win key appeal in equal pay fight

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from the food retail chain Asda against a collective equal pay claim by its female supermarket-based workforce …

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United Kingdom: Bank of England steps in to stop rush of bankers relocating to EU

The Bank of England has notified financial service companies that they must seek clearance before moving operations out of the UK …

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United Kingdom: Declaration form for international travel (COVID-19)

Those currently in the United Kingdom may only travel abroad (apart from the Irish Republic) if they have a justifiable reason to do so …

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United Kingdom: The use of the London Transport during the health crisis

The passage of the Pandemic and its impact on commuters has been indelibly placed on record by one set of statistics – the use of the London Transport …

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United Kingdom: Workers gain new health and safety protection from 31 May 2021

There has always been a gap in the Health and Safety at Work Act and Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) because they did not effectively apply to dependant (“limb (b)) workers …

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United Kingdom: Dismissal for refusing to wear face mask was fair

An employment tribunal has accepted that it is lawful for a company to dismiss a driver if they fail to comply with Client wishes in respect to PPE …

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United Kingdom: Foreign workers flee UK as pandemic and Brexit bite

There is some evidence suggesting that the Pandemic has led to a substantial outflow of foreign workers from the UK, especially from London …

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United Kingdom: Rishi Sunak raises corporation tax and freezes income tax thresholds to help repair economy after COVID

As FedEE predicted, the Chancellor has frozen progressive income tax thresholds to raise more tax this year …

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United Kingdom: Gender pay gap reporting in 2021 – six-month grace period

Companies must formally meet this year’s gender pay gap reporting deadline on 4th April …

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