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Oct
27
2017

ICO: Notification requirement to be removed, however fee regime will continue
#Employment

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it will drop requirements for data controllers to notify the ICO of data processing activities but will retain a fee regime, when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force from May 2018....

Oct
27
2017

A much-needed win for vulnerable and exploited domestic workers
#Employment

As we have previously blogged, UK law does not do enough to protect migrant domestic workers in the UK from abuse, exploitation and modern slavery....

Oct
27
2017

Greek government falls short with discriminatory height requirement for police
#Employment

The ECJ has held in Ypourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton v Kalliri that a minimum height requirement of 170cm imposed by the Greek Government for men and women wishing to join the police force, amounted to indirect sex discrimination and could not be objectively justified....

Oct
27
2017

Government announces start of tribunal fees refund scheme
#Employment

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling this summer that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful, the government has announced its fees refund scheme: individuals will be refunded their original fee along with an interest of 0.5% calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date....

Oct
20
2017

Tier 2 Sponsor Duties: Record Keeping
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

Tier 2 sponsors are required to fulfil certain duties throughout the duration of their sponsor licence. Failure to comply with any of the sponsor duties, is likely to lead to a licence being suspended or in a worst-case scenario revoked and sponsored workers seeing their leave curtailed....

Oct
13
2017

Mental Health Week 2017: tackling the stigma of mental health in the workplace
#Employment

The 10th October marked World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme was ‘mental health in the workplace’....

Oct
13
2017

Postal staff threaten strike action over Pensions
#Employment

Since March 2017, under the Trade Union Act, strikes require a turnout of at least 50% of all eligible voters. In the first large scale vote since the legislation came into force, postal workers represented by the Communications Workers Union (CWU) have voted to strike with a turnout of 73.7% easily passing this 50% threshold. Of those who voted an overwhelming 89% backed the strike....

Oct
13
2017

Tier 2 Sponsors: Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Visit
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Sponsor licence holders are all too familiar with the challenges of maintaining compliance with UKVI requirements. All sponsors should expect a compliance visit at some point and any visit should be taken very seriously!...

Oct
13
2017

Modern Slavery: is your organisation doing all it should to comply?
#Supply Chain Governance #Outsourcing & Supply Chain #Employment

The Modern Slavery Act requires all businesses with an annual global turnover at least £36 million to produce a modern slavery statement each year. It should include details of what (if anything) the business is doing to combat modern slavery and human trafficking within its business and supply chain – both in the UK and abroad. This should be published within six months of the end of their financial year. This statement must be published on the business’ website, with a link to it in a prominent place on the homepage....

Oct
13
2017

GDPR: the ICO attempts to clarify obligation to report serious data breaches
#Employment

Faced with misleading press stories, the ICO has been addressing misconceptions about the GDPR by publishing myth busting blogs, including on the new requirement to report serious breaches of personal data....

Oct
06
2017

What’s the beef? TUPE regulations apply even where large part of job becomes automated
#Employment

In Anglo Beef Processors v Longland and Meat & Livestock Commercial Services, Mr Longland had been employed as a carcass service officer for Meat & Livestock, manually classifying carcasses in an abattoir....

Oct
06
2017

Addison Lee drivers get the green light to be treated as workers
#Employment

In another important ruling relating to the gig economy, London Central Tribunal has held that drivers of Addison Lee are not self-employed, but are in fact workers. Drivers brought their case to the Employment Tribunal in July supported by the trade union GMB, who has supported similar claims by Uber drivers....

Oct
06
2017

Up to 20% of minimum wage workers are underpaid
#Employment

The Low Pay Commission, which advises the government on minimum wage levels, has released its annual report. The report stated that as many as 20% of workers may not receive the National Living Wage (the variant of National Minimum Wage for those aged 25 or over) immediately after a rate rise. This means that between 305,000 and 580,000 workers may not receive the wage they are entitled to by law. After a period of between three and six months, this drops to 13%....

Sep
29
2017

Award winning Indian restaurant in Wales re-opens following immigration raid
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

An award winning Indian restaurant in Wales has re-opened after being temporarily closed down by immigration officers. Yasmin’s, which has won various curry awards over the years, was shut down last week following an immigration raid which found the owners had failed to carry out the prescribed right to work checks....

Sep
22
2017

Uber and Out?
#Employment

In recent months, set-backs and negative press have been common for Taxi hailing App Uber, but the latest blow may be terminal for their business in London....

Sep
22
2017

(Not) Leaving on a Jet Plane – Thomas Cook injunction attempt against striking pilots fails
#Employment

Since 1 March 2017, one of the conditions for a strike ballot to be lawful is that voting papers must include the period in which the proposed industrial action is to take place....

Sep
22
2017

Two respondents, one EC Certificate - EAT overturns decision to reject claim because claimant had not completed separate EC forms for each respondent
#Employment

In the case of De Mota v ADR Network, Mr De Mota was employed as an LGV Driver with ADR Network and lost his job after a complaint was made against him by the Co-op, one of ADRs customers. He submitted a claim against both parties with an Early Conciliation (EC) Certificate naming both companies as respondents....

Sep
22
2017

Theresa May Florence Speech: UK laws to protect EU citizen’s rights
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

This afternoon, Theresa May delivered a “landmark” speech in Italy confirming she wants a 2 year transition period with no change to current market access or rules. Speaking ahead of Brexit talks which are due to resume on Monday, May thanked European nationals living in the UK for their contribution and promised that their rights will be protected and they could “carry on” living their lives as before....

Sep
15
2017

Not Lovin’ It - McDonald’s workers take part in first UK strike
#Employment

Last week McDonald’s was hit by its first strike since first opening its doors in the UK in 1974. Workers took to the picket line amid concerns over low wages and the use of zero-hours contracts....

Sep
15
2017

BBC gets the ball rolling to tackle its gender pay gap
#Employment

Following the controversy surrounding BBC’s gender pay gap report, (please see our report from earlier this summer) it is unsurprising that the broadcaster has quickly announced plans to tackle its gender pay gap....

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