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Aug
01
2019

The government had announced that it will enhance redundancy protections for pregnant women and new parents
#Employment

It is estimated that up to 54,000 women a year lose their jobs as a result of pregnancy or maternity discrimination with 37% of women feeling isolated to the point of resignation following a return from maternity leave....

Jul
30
2019

Processing times for the EU Settlement Scheme application
#Immigration

The EU Settlement Scheme is now fully operational and with Brexit as a top agenda item for the new Prime Minister, we expect a surge in these applications. So how long do these applications take?...

Jul
30
2019

Digital Nomads
#Employment #UK Immigration #Information Technology

The appeal of the digital nomad lifestyle has changed the horizons. Businesses need to be aware that this is likely to be seen by highly skilled individuals as attractive, at least as an option. However, while most of the media focus in this area is on the liberating effect it can have on the individual, there are three key considerations before agreeing to working this way....

Jul
29
2019

Farewell to the Ankara Agreement
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Turkish European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA) was established under the Ankara Agreement with the aim to promote economic relations between Turkey and the Community. The UK became bound by this agreement when it joined the European Union in 1973....

Jul
29
2019

Brexit and TUPE
#Employment

We’re nearing October and it’s still unclear what the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU will look like or if one will exist at all! It is also unclear what impact Brexit will have on employment law and there hasn’t really been any development in this area since The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 was passed in June last year. ...

Jul
26
2019

Acas 2018/2019 Annual Report
#Employment

Last week Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation, Arbitration Service, published its 2018-2019 report, giving us keen insight into current employment claim trends. ...

Jul
25
2019

Proposals signal end for one-sided flexibility
#Employment

In a move designed to benefit shift workers and those in the gig economy, the Government has proposed workers should have the right to switch to a contract that better reflects their normal working hours. ...

Jul
25
2019

The Government accepts MAC’s proposed expansion to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL)
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The Government has announced that it has accepted the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in respect of the expansion of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). The Shortage Occupation List is an important exemption for Sponsors when sponsoring migrant workers under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System. ...

Jul
24
2019

Ancestry Visa
#Immigration

If you are a Commonwealth Citizen with an ancestral link to the UK through one or more of your grandparents, then it is likely to be the case that you will be eligible to apply for an ancestry visa to allow you to live and work in the UK....

Jul
23
2019

Immigration Update - 23 July 2019: Brexit & Boris Johnson
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

Boris Johnson is our new Prime Minister, at least for the moment. Mr Johnson’s speech today was conciliatory to members of his party, including the last Prime Minister. The speech did not contain much else, and therefore it is yet to be seen how Mr Johnson (re)negotiates the UK’s exit from the EU....

Jul
23
2019

The Flexible Working Bill – should we all work flexibly?
#Employment

Last week, the Flexible Working Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill, if passed, would require all employers to offer flexible working automatically, unless specific circumstances apply....

Jul
19
2019

Health is everyone’s business: new government proposals regarding sickness absence and statutory sick pay
#Employment

Around 100,000 people in the UK every year leave work completely after a sickness absence and 44% of people who are off work for a year or more because of illness do not return to the workplace....

Jul
18
2019

EU Settlement Scheme: What evidence to submit?
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

When you apply under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be asked to provide your national insurance number. This will enable the Home Office to conduct an automated check to establish your residency in the UK. Sometimes the results may come back as unclear or you may not agree with the results. ...

Jul
18
2019

The social media superpower advancing AI
#Information Technology

Developments in the last week show Facebook and Instagram are leading players in the field of Artificial Intelligence....

Jul
18
2019

Launching Libra, Facebook’s next attempt to mine our data?
#Information Technology

When Facebook launched its new digital currency last month, it may not have received the welcome it wanted but it certainly got the welcome it expected. With its public perception in tatters following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and accusations of manipulating the 2016 US Elections, why launch a financial product in a seemingly competitive, volatile and unregulated environment? Well, whilst the abundance of negative Facebook articles continue to roll in, people continue to use Facebook and continue to feed them data. It is for this reason, that the answer to the above question might as well be, “why not?”...

Jul
18
2019

UK Visas and Technology
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The Home Office is serious about incorporating technology in its immigration process. The advent and expansion of e-gates, the introduction of online applications and the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme using NFC-mobile phones is all part of the Home Office’s drive to automate and digitize its procedure....

Jul
18
2019

5G: The missing piece in the puzzle for autonomous vehicles?
#Information Technology

The role out of 5G is set to drive forward the concept of driverless technology and smart cities. Increased speeds at which data can be shared between a vehicle – for example a sensor detecting a hazard and that data being uploaded to the Cloud, is approximately 50 times faster than under a 4G connection....

Jul
18
2019

Tier 2 & 5 Sponsorship Guidance update: 17 July 2019
#Immigration

The Home Office have published an addendum to Tier 2 & 5 Sponsorship 03/19 which applies with immediate effect to all Tier 2 & 5 sponsors, including all current and future applications seeking to apply for or renew a sponsor licence....

Jul
18
2019

Alternatives to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Route: July 2019
#Setting up in the UK #UK Immigration

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur route was very popular with overseas investors. It allowed entrepreneurs the freedom to enter the UK with a minimum investment of £200,000. This route was closed to new entrants on 29 March 2019. In this article we look at the most popular alternatives to this route for businesses. ...

Jul
17
2019

EEA Family Permit v EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit
#Immigration #Setting up in the UK

The EEA Family Permit is governed by the EU Regulations whereas the new EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit is governed by Appendix EU (Family Permit) of the Immigration Rules. ...

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