UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regularly updates its rules and guidance, often without giving prior notice, and therefore it is crucial for businesses and their non-settled workers to remain hypervigilant to adhere to the Immigration Rules.
A new law, ‘The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022’ came into force on 21 July, which has the effect of allowing employment businesses to supply agency staff during strike action.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we witnessed ‘the Great Resignation’ in which many workers used the lockdowns to re-evaluate what was important to them in respect of achieving a work-life balance and redundancies following the UK’s Furlough Scheme.
On 25 July 2022, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published guidance and revised application forms and tables to simplify the UK Binding Corporate Rules (UK BCRs) approval process for controllers and processors.
Much attention and concern has focussed on the use of combustible cladding in high rise buildings since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 where a fire destroyed the 24-storey block of flats in North Kensington and 72 people died.
Calculating holiday leave and pay for atypical workers has always been a complex topic. Previously many organisations ‘rolled up’ holiday pay for such workers meaning that they received enhanced salary instead of leave, but this was ruled unlawful following a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2006.
In the recent case of Tesco Stores Ltd v USDAW and ors, the Court of Appeal has allowed Tesco’s appeal against the High Court’s decision to grant an injunction restraining it from firing and re-hiring employees in order to remove a ‘permanent’ contractual entitlement to enhanced pay.
This summer has seen a surge in industrial action largely related to rising inflation and the hugely publicised cost of living crisis. Further planned strikes are currently due to go ahead on 27 July, 30 July, 18 August and 20 August. This is expected to cause severe disruption and we answer some commonly asked questions regarding industrial action below.
Recently, many employers have been considering restructuring their business, particularly in light of the global pandemic and various ways of working. We explore the considerations when undertaking a fair redundancy process.