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Mar
06
2018

Controversial Immigration Exemption Clause in the Data Protection Bill
#Data Protection #UK Immigration

Campaign groups are continuing to increase pressure on the government to reconsider the ‘immigration exemption’ in the Data Protection Bill which could prevent people from gaining access to immigration data held on them. The Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday where Tory MP Matt Hancock confirmed that the exemption was necessary, so the government could “properly police [its] borders”....

Mar
02
2018

Government announces Immigration Health Surcharge will double
#Immigration #Employment #Inward Investment

The Government intends to double the Immigration Health Surcharge in the near future. This is a charge paid by non-EEA nationals (main applicants and dependents) who are applying to work, study or join their family in the UK for more than 6 months....

Mar
02
2018

Working Time: At home but on call
#Employment

Working time is defined as any time during which a worker is: ...

Feb
27
2018

Data Protection Changes: The E-Privacy Regulation
#Data Protection

With GDPR dominating the headlines anyone would be forgiven for thinking this is the only change taking place in the world of data protection. However, there are also proposals underway for reforming the European E-Privacy Directive which is implemented in the UK by way of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2011 (PECR)....

Feb
23
2018

Restricted CoS quota hit again in February
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The non EEA skilled worker cap has been hit again this month, now for the third month running. Many Tier 2 sponsors have seen their Restricted CoS applications refused causing delays to new recruits start dates. ...

Feb
23
2018

Compensation limits increase
#Employment

It’s that time of year where compensation limits for claims such as unfair dismissal and for statutory redundancy payments are reviewed. ...

Feb
23
2018

Employers “Living in the Dark Ages” when it comes to pregnant women and new mothers, says Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
#Employment

A YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has exposed that 41% of managers think pregnancy in the workplace places “an unnecessary cost burden” on employers. ...

Feb
20
2018

‘Oxfam Scandal: Children's Watchdog Urges Toughest Criminal Checks on Charity Shop Supervisors’ - Michael Hibberd comments for HuffPost UK
#Employment #Press

The Children’s Commissioner has said everyone supervising children in Britain’s charity shops should undergo a full criminal record check, after HuffPost UK established thousands of volunteers are failing to do so....

Feb
16
2018

Employee status in the gig economy
#Employment

Over the last two years, there has been a steady stream of high-profile employment rights claims by individuals working in the gig economy (for Uber, Citysprint, Deliveroo, Hermes and many others)....

Feb
16
2018

Employers should make their own decision on disability
#Employment

An employer does not have to take every possible step possible to establish whether an employee is disabled. The test is what an employer could reasonably be expected to know....

Feb
16
2018

The Sponsorship Management System (SMS) for Beginners
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Last month, we posted an article on the role of the Authorising Officer and explained that this person does not have access to the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) unless he/she is a Level 1 or 2 user. Since then we’ve received enquiries from HR staff wanting to know more about the SMS, who has access to it and the differences between a Level 1 and 2 user....

Feb
13
2018

The Latest in AI Innovation - Deepfake
#Information Technology

You may have heard of the latest AI-enabled technology Deepfake, and you would be forgiven if you tried to deny knowledge of its existence- given that the main product of this technology, as reported by hundreds of media outlets already, is of a pornographic nature....

Feb
13
2018

Further Guidance published by the ICO on Demonstrating Compliance with the GDPR
#Data Protection

The ICO have recently published further guidance on the upcoming GDPR and the records organisations (both data controllers and processors) need to keep of their processing activities, and lawful basis for such processing....

Feb
13
2018

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) – A guide for commercial buildings
#Real Estate

From 1 April 2018 the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 impose a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency which will apply to rented commercial buildings. From this date it will be against the law for a landlord to grant a new lease of commercial property with an EPC Rating of F or G. This will also prevent the granting of new subleases and lease renewals....

Feb
13
2018

What does it mean when the Land Registry title to my property says that mines and minerals are excepted?
#Real Estate

In parts of England and Wales it is quite common for the title of a property to contain a reference to the mines and minerals being excluded from the surface owner’s ownership and excepted and or reserved to another party, although it may not be shown who owns them. ...

Feb
09
2018

Whistleblowing: can a worker claim post-termination losses caused by pre-termination detriments?
#Employment

The Claimant in the case of Wilson Solicitors LLP and others v Roberts was a solicitor and member of the LLP. He was also Managing Partner and held several compliance roles. A complaint of bullying was made against one of the Senior Partners and the Claimant was appointed to investigate it. ...

Feb
09
2018

Government response to Taylor Review
#Employment

We reported on Matthew Taylor’s review of modern working practices last year. The Government has now published its full response to that report and has launched four consultations into the following areas:...

Feb
09
2018

Tick tock, have you renewed your CoS?
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

Tier 2 sponsors should have by now received an email from UK Visas & Immigration reminding them that the CoS annual allocation process will soon begin and any unused unrestricted CoS in the SMS will expire on 5 April 2018. Sponsors should start thinking about how many unrestricted CoS they’ll need from 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019....

Feb
09
2018

Injury to Feelings Payable in Working Time Detriment Claims
#Employment

A worker has the right not to be subjected to a detriment for refusing to comply with a requirement that breaches the Working Time Regulations 1998. ...

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