Australia: Establishing an Australian Modern Slavery Act and its impact on Australian Business

Australia’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (‘Committee’) has handed down its final report in its inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. The inquiry included consideration of the Australian Government’s announcement in August 2017 that it would adopt the Committee’s in principle recommendation in the interim report to introduce … Read more

UK: Brexit negotiators agree sufficient progress made on rights of EU citizens in UK

The rights of EU citizens is one of the three issues on which sufficient progress was required before the Brexit negotiations with the EU could move onto Britain’s future relationship.  The Joint Report of the negotiators issued in early December confirms that the Government is willing to accept that the specified cut off date for protection … Read more

UK: Supreme Court confirms the limited scope of state and diplomatic immunity from employment claims

In two judgments handed down on 18 October 2017, the Supreme Court (the “Court”) has allowed certain employment claims made by foreign nationals employed as domestic workers at the embassies of foreign states and a diplomat’s residence to proceed despite claims of immunity. The judgments consider important aspects of state and diplomatic immunity, the differences … Read more

UK: New Resources

New presidential guidance has been issued in relation to how employment tribunals should calculate pensions loss and awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, available here. There are three bands for injury to feelings, with a usual minimum of £800 and maximum of £42,000 (save for exceptional cases); these will be reviewed in March … Read more

Hong Kong: Immigration win for same-sex couple

In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal held that the Immigration Department’s visa policy, insofar as it denies same-sex couples eligibility for consideration for a dependant visa, breaches the right to equality enshrined in article 25 of the Basic Law. Read more

UK: Queen’s Speech and Brexit developments

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and bring about Britain’s exit from the … Read more