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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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What is whistleblowing and how has COVID impacted it?

February 24, 2021 | Company/Commercial, COVID-19, Employment

In short, whistleblowing is reporting wrongdoing. This commonly occurs in the workplace and comes from the saying “blowing the whistle,” meaning alerting attention to something. Whistleblowing in a UK workplace Legal protection for whistleblowers is found under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and incorporated into the Employment Rights Act 1996. Most companies have a

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Rights of employees under the Equality Act 2010

February 10, 2021 | Employment

The Equality Act 2010 was put in place to protect individuals from discrimination and unfair treatment in the work place and in wider society. The act covers the following protected characteristics:  age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation Under the Act, you are protected

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Indonesia seek economic recovery through job creation scheme

In an attempt to increase employment and ease of doing business, the Indonesian government has introduced a “job creation law” which reduces restrictions on foreign and domestic employment and investment. In addition, a new government regulation is due to be announced at the end of February 2021 to give up-to-date information on the positions open

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Disability discrimination in the workplace

January 20, 2021 | Employment, News

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for an employer or future employer to discriminate against individuals based on disability. The Act defines a disability as being “a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial or long term negative effect on your ability to do daily activities.”  “Substantial” refers to an impairment which is

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Is individual expression unwanted by employers?

December 11, 2020 | Employment, Latest Thinking

As large tech companies such as Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and so forth supposedly promote and encourage the campaigning and a feed for worldwide issues, such as BlackLivesMatter, the outcome of the US election and the release of a vaccination for coronavirus, more and more employees want to post their perspective content visa social media. Although

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Danish employment update: compulsory COVID-19 testing

December 11, 2020 | COVID-19, Employment, Latest Thinking, News

In Denmark, the Danish government has only just recently passed legislation on Thursday 19th November that will permit compulsory mass coronavirus testing for company employees. Companies will be allowed to enforce mandatory coronavirus testing on their employees, including employees being obliged to disclose their test results to their employers. This new law is scheduled to

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Priority sponsor licence service- at what cost?

On 12th November 2020, a priority service version of the Sponsor Licence Scheme was introduced for companies wishing to recruit migrant worker from overseas. Obtaining a sponsor licence from the Home Office is now a mandatory requirement for businesses to hire workers abroad to come and work here in the UK. This revised scheme will

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