Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?

Although the UK government is bringing forwards legislation to give sick pay from day one of absence, what happens when an employee refuses to come to work over fears concerning the coronavirus? Is this a disciplinary matter and are they entitled to pay or sick pay? According to the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, UK employers have been advised that “if staff are asked to self-isolate” they remain entitled to sick leave …

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United Kingdom: Good Work Plan laws

In previous issues we have already covered many of the changes that will take place on the 6th of April 2020 under the Good Work Plan …

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United Kingdom: Longer terms impact of EU measures

The government gave up long ago concerning the task of revising all the laws and legal clauses that have originated from the European Union …

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United Kingdom: Supreme Court resolves issue – shared parental pay does not need to match maternity pay

One of the key cases involving enhanced maternity leave payment rights being denied to fathers on shared leave (SPL) has finally come to the buffers …

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United Kingdom: Government sets out post-Brexit immigration policy for foreign students

From the summer of 2021, those foreign students who already have a valid tier-4 visa and are studying for first degrees (and higher) at an approved UK educational establishment will automatically be able to remain in the UK for a period of two years after graduation …

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United Kingdom: Points-based immigration system

The government has announced it will be introducing a new legal framework, post Brexit, in order to restrict migration and the entry of low-skilled workers …

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United Kingdom: Misleading reports on employment rate during Q4 2019

Reports of an all-time record in the employment rate during the fourth quarter of 2019 are wholly misleading …

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United Kingdom: Zero hours exclusivity clauses

It should be noted that although zero hours exclusivity clauses in England, Wales and Scotland are unenforceable under the SBEE Act, there is no such restriction in Northern Ireland …

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United Kingdom: Companies need to operate fully in line with the GDPR before Brexit

Companies in the UK will need to operate fully in line with the GDPR and current data transfer instruments until the 31st of December 2020 …

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United Kingdom: The Equal Pay Bill

The Equal Pay Bill has recently had its first reading in the House of Lords …

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United Kingdom: New Law: Section One Statements

Stricter contractual information rules will apply from April 6th 2020 …

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United Kingdom: Government suspends funding to Commonwealth Secretariat

At the point when the UK is jumping headlong out of the EU, what it most needs are other friendly nations to do business with …

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United Kingdom: IR35 changes will only apply to contracts carried out after April

The HMRC tax authority has announced that the new IR35 tax rules will only apply to payments for services undertaken after the 6th of April 2020 …

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United Kingdom: Legal reforms announced

A package of proposed legal reforms, under draft law 2708, have been announced by the government …

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United Kingdom: Deadlines for gender pay gap reporting

It is gender pay gap reporting time again …

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