Jurisdiction: UK

UK: employment law and migration on a deal/no-deal Brexit

The last few weeks have seen a flurry of publications providing a slightly clearer picture of the employment and immigration consequences of a Brexit deal or no-deal.  In addition to the final text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement setting out the arrangements … Continue reading

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UK: Government response to sexual harassment report: New statutory Code of Practice and more consultation

The Government has today published its response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report published in July of this year (see our blog post here) on sexual harassment at work.  It has noted the lack of data and research … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Whistleblowing, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Government’s “Good Work Plan” sets out employment law reforms following the Taylor Review

The Government has today published its “vision for the future of the UK labour market”, the Good Work Plan, which builds on its earlier response to the Taylor Review (see our summary here) on the impact of digital platforms on … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)

EU: draft guidelines on GDPR extra-territoriality published

On 23 November 2018, the European Data Protection Board published its draft guidelines on Article 3 of the GDPR, being the provision that sets out the territorial scope of Europe’s data protection legislation. The GDPR seeks (via Article 3) to extend … Continue reading

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UK: further detail on parental bereavement rights published

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent in September and is expected to come into force in 2020.  It provides for 2 weeks’ leave (paid if eligible) for parents who lose a child under the age of … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: workers may be entitled to carry over statutory holiday if they have not been encouraged to take it

The ECJ has ruled that workers cannot be deprived of paid statutory holiday entitlement on the termination of employment or at the end of a particular reference period or authorised carry-over period, unless the employer has ensured “specifically and transparently” … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks)

UK: information gathering by in-house lawyer in order to obtain external advice may not be protected by legal advice privilege

The High Court has ruled in Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd that an in-house lawyer’s communications with an employee of the business, who was accepted to be her in-house “client” for some purposes, were not protected by legal … Continue reading

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UK: new resources on criminal record checks, mental health and dyslexia

Unlock has published new guidance for employers on criminal record checks, to which the ICO has contributed. The guidance states that checks at the application stage are unlikely to be necessary for most jobs and therefore likely to be a … Continue reading

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UK: gender pay gap news

The Government Equalities Office has published a summary of the 2017/18 gender pay gap data submitted by employers as at May 2018, along with an Interim Gender Pay Gap Employer Insights Survey conducted at the end of 2017. The summary … Continue reading

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UK: Budget 2018 confirms IR35 reforms will extend to the private sector

The off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) seek to ensure that individuals who are engaged through personal service companies (PSCs) by service users (End Users), but who perform roles equivalent to employees, are taxed through payroll in the same … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Jurisdiction: UK