Employment Archives - Hudson McKenzie


UK opens up a temporary visa for HGV food drivers and poultry workers

October 12, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The UK government are opening a temporary visa scheme specifically for poultry workers or HGV food drivers. The visa route is expected to open on 11th October 2021. This has been announced in response to the shortage of haulage drivers to move fuel and other supplies around the country and poultry workers required ahead of

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How to prove a “genuine vacancy” for the Skilled Worker visa

September 14, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

When employers are looking to recruit skilled migrant workers, the resident labour market test is no longer applicable. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows people from outside of the UK to obtain work with an approved employer in an eligible job in the UK. For those employers

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UK right to work measures extended

September 7, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A further right to work check extension has been put in place by the UK government. Since the pandemic, the way in which right to work checks have been completed have temporarily changed. Physical documents are not required and documents can be checked digitally. Originally, right to work checks would require that employers be in

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Amended worker rights for Uber drivers

August 31, 2021 | Employment, News

In May 2021 a landmark court ruling concluded that Uber drivers should be classed as workers and therefore entitled to worker rights. This has meant that taxi drivers working for Uber are allowed a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.  In February, Uber lost a 5-year legal battle for the right claiming that their

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Costa Rica introduces new remote worker visa

August 25, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The Costa Rican government has confirmed the approval of a new remote worker visa named the Short-term visa for remote workers or service providers.  The visa is accessible to those who provide services to people or entities outside of Costa Rica who wish to work remotely whilst staying in Costa Rica. In order to be

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New Global Business Mobility visa route

August 17, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, News

The new Global Business Mobility visa route has been referred to in the policy paper published by the UK government. It is designed to make the transfer of employees to a UK branch easier for professionals.  This begs the question, what is the difference between this new Business Mobility visa and the Intra-Company Transfer visa? 

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UK furlough scheme to be wound down

August 3, 2021 | Employment, News

The furlough scheme is coming to an end on 30th September 2021.  The UK government first announced the furlough scheme during the first lockdown in March 2020. This allowed employers to continue paying employees although they could not work due to the pandemic. The scheme pays 80% of employees’ wages for time they cannot work.

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How to conduct a right to work check on an EEA national?

July 21, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A right to work check should be conducted before an individual starts working with you. This is because you need to be satisfied that the individual has a legal right to work in the UK.  On 1st January 2021 new rules came into force for EU nationals residing and working in the UK. EU, EEA

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Australia employment law changes 2021

July 14, 2021 | Employment, Immigration, Travel

Increase in wages The Fair Work Commission increased the minimum wage in Australia on 1st July 2021. The increase in the minimum wage has been staggered across industries in order to allow certain industries time to recover as a result of the pandemic. As such the last industries to increase wages for staff are the

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Notable updates to the right to work checks for EEA nationals

The UK government has issued new guidance on the right to work checks which came into force on 1st July 2021 for EEA citizens proving their right to work in the UK. Updates have been made to the acceptable documents allowed to be used to prove right to work, including passports, a current document issued

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New occupations added to the Australian Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list

The Australian government has announced 22 new occupations to be added to the Australian Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list.   The Australian Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list is a list of 41 critically skilled occupations which the Australian government is giving priority processing. There is a requirement for these workers as Australia aims to recover

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Data protection in the workplace: what do employees need to know?

June 25, 2021 | Employment

It is important for employers to provide GDPR training so that employees are aware of their rights and obligations in the workplace. GDPR stands for The General Data Protection Regulation.   “Data” relates to any information which can directly or indirectly identify an individual. This can include information that relates to factors such as: physical,

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How does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?

June 25, 2021 | COVID-19, Employment, Immigration

  Originally, immigration law involving sponsorship and sponsored workers was based on migrants working in offices. Now, the pandemic has changed the work dynamic and more people are working remotely, which begs the question, how does remote working affect immigration compliance for sponsors?   When employees are working from home, it can be difficult to

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Further extension for right to work checks

June 25, 2021 | Employment, News, UK Government

In a previous post, we explained that the UK government had announced that as of 21st June 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online.    However, since the UK government has delayed the Covid easing of restrictions, the Covid adjusted temporary right

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Right to work checks after 1st July 2021

Employers have a responsibility to carry out right to work checks on employees to ensure that they have immigration permission to work in the UK to prevent illegal working.   In another post, we talk about the UK government right to work checks that are in place for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living and

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