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How to raise a grievance with your employer

May 6, 2021 | Employment

What is a grievance? A grievance is a formal complaint made by an employee, usually when they feel negatively affected by their employer.  Grievances may be raised in relation to a number of circumstances. Some examples are the following: The way that you are being treated in the workplace- treatment could be related to bullying

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The return of the sponsor licence inspection visits?

The Home Office may conduct sponsor licence inspection visits on work premises in instances where an application for a first sponsor licence is made or when a sponsor licence is being renewed. During the pandemic, many employers have put most of their focus into actually keeping afloat with many employees being furloughed. The UK government

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Philippine Alien Employment Permit changes

For those who intend to work in the Philippines, an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) must be obtained from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE). There are some changes to the Alien Employment Permit which are expected to be introduced on 5 May 2021.  AEP changes include the following: At least 15 days before an

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When does a company need a skilled worker licence?

For those employers who do not believe that their business needs can be met by employing solely within the UK labour market, then you may want to consider applying for a skilled worker licence, otherwise known as a sponsor licence.  Now that free movement between the UK and EU has ended, EU nationals who wish

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Right to work changes

As of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. This means that employers must be in possession of the original documents required to show a person’s right to work in the UK. Employers have a responsibility to carry out right

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Digital nomad visa requirements

In a previous post, we explained how digital nomad visas are becoming more popular among countries. Countries around the world are trying to encourage people to travel in order to boost economies after the pandemic. A digital nomad visa allows those who want to travel and work remotely to do so legally.  Many of the

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Digital nomad visas on the rise for those travelling whilst working

With many now working from home due to the pandemic, office working seems something of the past and remote working the future. This means that in theory, many people could actually work anywhere in the world that they desire, if it is suitable for their job. Subsequently, many countries have adapted their immigration laws to

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UK minimum wage increase

As of 1st April 2021 the UK national minimum wage has risen by 2.2% to £8.91. This is welcoming news after a somewhat difficult year for many. However, those furlough workers will see no rise in wage and will continue to receive 80% of their usual income and won’t benefit from the increase until they

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Why do companies need to know about immigration compliance?

As the UK government is making more restrictive approaches to immigration compliance, it is important that both employers and migrant employees adhere to the immigration rules.  There are a number of ways that companies who hire migrant workers must be compliant and it starts off by understanding their role as a sponsor. In order for

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Employee rights: Redundancy

March 25, 2021 | Business, COVID-19, Employment

Redundancy is a form of dismissal and happens when an employer needs to reduce their workforce. Your employer needs to go through a fair dismissal process and cannot make you redundant based on your age, gender, disability or because you’re pregnant.  Redundancy selection Your employer should use a method of selection which is fair and

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How will Brexit affect right to work checks for EEA nationals?

March 24, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration

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. With Brexit and the end of free movement of persons, what should employers do now? Right to work checks post Brexit The majority of EU nationals

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Genuine vacancy requirement changes for sponsor licence holders

The UK Home Office have updated their guidance on advertising and genuine vacancy requirements for employers of migrant workers.  For some working visa routes, sponsors must show that they have carried out a resident labour market test before employing a migrant worker to demonstrate that they cannot find a suitable settled worker for the role.

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Ireland’s national remote work strategy explained

March 18, 2021 | Business, COVID-19, Employment, News

The Irish government has announced a national remote working strategy which aims to ensure “that remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits.” The government aims to make remote working a mandatory norm for 20% of the public sector and are looking to

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What are defined and undefined CoS?

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. In order to be eligible for the skilled worker visa, the applicant will need to provide a CoS as part of

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Furlough scheme update

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. During the “budget speech”, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the furlough

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