Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Employers to pay when they lose a claim

From April 6th 2014, the UK Employment Tribunal will be authorised to order an employer who has lost a claim to pay a fine to the Secretary of State …

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United Kingdom: Reminder of approaching end to tax year

Unlike many other countries, the UK’s tax year runs from April 6th to April 5th …

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United Kingdom: OECD requests better mental health support for employees

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report recommending that more should be done in the UK to help employees who suffer from mental ill health get back into work …

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United Kingdom: Changes to resolving workplace disputes

From April 2014, the majority of UK workplace disputes will be resolved through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), relieving the burden on Employment Tribunals …

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United Kingdom: Expiry of fixed-term contracts and collective redundancy consultation

A case has been heard in the UK that clarifies the rules on thresholds for collective redundancy consultation prior to April 6th 2013 …

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United Kingdom: Plans for collective pension schemes

The UK Minister of State for Pensions, Steve Webb, has announced plans to combine workers’ retirement contributions into collective pension schemes in order to share the risk and rewards of investments …

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United Kingdom: Ruling on the meaning of “employee”

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued an important decision on the meaning of “employee” under the Equality Act 2010 …

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United Kingdom: TUPE amendments published

The UK government published its amendments to business transfer (TUPE) regulations this week …

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United Kingdom: Consultation on zero-hour contracts

The UK Government is consulting with employers, trade unions and legal representatives on the issue of zero-hour employment contracts …

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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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