Recent news

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

United Kingdom: Non-compete injunctions – Don’t leave it too late to act

Companies that delay applications for injunctive relief in support of non-compliance with non-compete clauses face the prospect of having their requests turned down …

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United Kingdom: No plans to make menopause a protected characteristic under the Equality Act

The Minister for Work and Pensions and Minister for Women have confirmed that the government is not currently planning to introduce menopause as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, or to implement dual discrimination …

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United Kingdom: HMRC increases the Advisory Fuel Rates

Due to the continued inflation of pump prices since March 2022, the HMRC has revised its advisory rates once again – by up to 3p per mile (ppm) …

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United Kingdom: Unlawful inducement connected to collective bargaining

The Employment Appeals Tribunal in Scotland has found that INEOS Infrastructure Grangemouth made unilateral payments after negotiations broke down with a recognised trade union …

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United Kingdom: Ministers will change law to let agency staff do jobs of strikers

Change in the law to allow the temporary replacement of striking employees …

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United Kingdom: More healthcare professionals given powers to certify fit notes

From 1st July 2022, employees will be able to obtain a fit note from more healthcare-related professionals, to certify that they are too ill to go to work, or claim sickness-related benefits …

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United Kingdom: Measuring the disability pay gap

It is very difficult to estimate with any accuracy what is the current pay gap between those who are disabled and the rest of the working population …

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United Kingdom: Real living wage announcement brought forward in response to rising living costs

The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has confirmed that it will be bringing its new 2022-23 rate announcement forward to September from November, in response to the rising cost of living …

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United Kingdom: HSBC offers electric car leasing to 35,000 UK employees

Global banking organization HSBC has offered its UK employees the opportunity to lease a Tesla and other EV brands with their pre-tax paychecks …

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United Kingdom: Sickness absence rate rises to highest since 2010

The sickness absence rate in 2021 rose to 2 …

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United Kingdom: 80% of fathers at Aviva have taken five months of paternity leave

80% of men who become fathers for the first time at the insurance provider Aviva have taken at least five months parental leave and 79% of men have taken over five months leave for subsequent births …

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United Kingdom: The Nationality and Borders Act receives Royal Assent

The Nationality and Borders Act has now received Royal Assent …

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United Kingdom: Shareholder group to challenge Sainsbury’s on living wage

The major food retailer Sainsbury’s is facing disruption at its coming AGM from a radical pressure group concerning improved staff salaries …

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United Kingdom: KPMG staff to undergo mandatory unconscious bias training

The accounting company KPMG is introducing mandatory “unconscious bias” training for all its 15,800 UK staff …

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United Kingdom: Coronavirus – Dismissal for refusing to attend workplace not automatically unfair

An employee dismissed for leaving work and refusing to return because of COVID-19-related concerns was not automatically unfairly dismissed …

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