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COVID-19

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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Short term business travel during COVID-19

Pre-pandemic, business people all over the world travelled between countries as easily as getting on a train, but what has happened to short term business travel in our new normal since Covid has hit? What is the reality of the “new normal” when it comes to business travel? Many businesses have adapted to remote working

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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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How has Covid changed immigration globally?

Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the world as we know it has changed. With travel being restricted, countries in and out of lockdowns and remote working being the new normal, global immigration has also been affected.  Changes to immigration routes around the world As a result of the pandemic, countries around the world have

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Third lockdown for France: what does this mean for the rest of Europe?

April 7, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, Travel

After a surge in coronavirus cases, France faces a third lockdown.  The infection rate in France has risen to one of the highest in Europe which is said to be due to the delay in roll-out of the vaccine and the new virus variants. President Macron therefore announced that the country could be hit by

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“Corona pass” plans around the world

March 31, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

There was mention of “Covid passports” a few weeks ago and the UK government is still debating whether these should be enforced when entering certain places such as pubs. However, around the world, other countries are making plans of their own.  EU pass: Digital Green Certificate EU leaders have approved the idea of a “Digital

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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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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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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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How is Europe coping with the pandemic?

March 3, 2021 | COVID-19, Latest Thinking, News, Travel

While the UK government has set out a “road map” to lifting coronavirus restrictions, many people are wondering whether they will be able to travel to Europe this summer. Boris Johnson has announced that by 17th May 2021 at the earliest, UK hotels may open and international travel resumed. For Brits, the end may be

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Vaccine passports: Human rights Vs Public interest

The UK government has made it their mission to vaccinate as many people as possible in a certain time period in the fight against the coronavirus. As such, the government has mapped out dates in which restrictions may be lifted as a result of the success of the vaccine programme. However, the bottom line is,

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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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Visit visas for the UK and current travel restrictions

February 22, 2021 | COVID-19, Immigration, News, Travel, UK Government

Lately there have been numerous changes to travel rules. As of 15th February 2021, additional restrictions have been put in place for people travelling to the UK.  Current travel restrictions Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for leisure purposes. You cannot travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do

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What are “quarantine hotels”?

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put in place “quarantine hotels” for those travelling into the UK. From 15th February 2021, all those allowed to enter England who have travelled through or from a country in the last 10 days where travel to the UK is banned (red list countries) must

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Sponsor licence duties for skilled workers and the effects of COVID

As a sponsor licence holder who employs migrant workers, there are certain duties and obligations that need to be met such as, recording keeping duties and reporting duties. As mentioned in a previous post, certain rules have been relaxed due to the pandemic, such as not having to report absences related to coronavirus and not

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