Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Universal peculiarity of the appointments system

It is a universal peculiarity of the appointments system that if an individual is appointed to undertake an accountability who is clearly not suited to do their job, the buck stops for any subsequent failings with the person appointed and not the individual, or individuals, who put them into their fated position …

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United Kingdom: Detached workers

The good news is that no EU Member State has opted out of the Brexit Social Security protocol and therefore UK employers should be able to continue posting workers into EU Member States for short work-assignments …

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United Kingdom: Gender pay gap regulation enforcement to start in October 2021

Private sector employers with 250 or more members of staff now have until 5th October 2021 to report their 2020/2021 gender pay gap data here …

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United Kingdom: Welsh Government to strengthen legislation to ensure workplaces are safer

All employers in Wales with more than 5 or more staff are now required to undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment whenever the Coronavirus Alert levels change in the Principality …

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United Kingdom: Spring Budget set for 3 March 2021

Experienced Westminster observers are reporting that HM Treasury has been busy looking at ways to increase tax revenues over the coming year …

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United Kingdom: Kickstart scheme

Employers of all sizes in England, Scotland and Wales looking to create job placements for those aged between 16 and 24 under the Kickstart Scheme must note the necessary conditions and deadline …

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United Kingdom: ICO provides clarity regarding transfers of personal data to the SEC

The UK Information Commissioners Office has confirmed that financial services companies in the UK required to share data with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may now do so without breaching UK data protection law …

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United Kingdom: Adequacy threat

Because there is no guarantee that the UK will be found by the European Union to meet its adequacy criteria for international transfers under the GDPR, the UK Data Protection Commissioner has recommended that companies in the UK prepare for the worst by having some safeguards in place by 1st May 2021 – the date when the so called “bridge” facility comes to an end …

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United Kingdom: Uber drivers are workers not self-employed, Supreme Court rules

The failure of Uber before the Supreme Court to maintain that their drivers were self-employed contractors may combine with IR35 tax changes this April to have significant impact on the structure of the labour force during the course of this year …

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United Kingdom: Options for company cars

For many executives, the first quarter of this year will be the time to replace company cars …

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United Kingdom: Overview of the world economic outlook projections (IMF)

At the time of writing, official real GDP figures for the whole of 2020 were not available, but at the end of January 2021, the IMF put the figure for the contraction of the economy over the year at -10% …

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United Kingdom: North Sea collective bargaining

A new North Sea Energy Services collective agreement has been drawn up covering 5,200 engineering and maintenance personnel working for 13 major contractors in the sector …

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United Kingdom: Corporate manslaughter

Ever since the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was introduced, there have been less than 30 convictions made by the UK courts …

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United Kingdom: Britain applies to join Pacific free trade bloc

The announcement that the UK is seeking to join the TransPacific Partnership trading block has raised many eyebrows around the World, being so geographically removed from the pacific rim …

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United Kingdom: Clothing and transport costs pushed up inflation in December 2020

In line with our long-standing warnings, consumer prices are now showing early signs of a rapid rising inflationary trend …

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