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The controversial immigration cap on non-EEA workers is currently set at 20,700 per annum and is broken down into monthly allocations. It has been met for seven months in a row leading to over 1.3K tech sector professionals being refused UK...
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The Women and Equalities Commission (a cross-party parliamentary committee chaired by Maria Miller MP) has published its report on sexual harassment in the workplace, and has proposed a number of recommendations. After a consultation process which...
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The Government has announced that the childcare voucher scheme (under which employees can elect to have the value of childcare vouchers deducted at source by way of salary sacrifice) has been given a six-month extension for new joiners. The original...
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In the aftermath of Unison’s successful application to the courts that fees for employment tribunal claims should be abolished, the Ministry of Justice has recently published the tribunal’s quarterly statistics for the period July-September...
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The charity Maternity Action has released a report highlighting the challenges faced by pregnant women, those on maternity leave, and those returning to work after a period of family leave. The report was based upon research conducted by the Equality...
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An employment tribunal has upheld a claim of direct sex discrimination brought by a male employee after his employer told him that he would be paid full pay for two weeks’ paternity leave, but would only receive the statutory minimum for the remainder...
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In the run-up to next month’s general election, the major political parties have set out their plans for immigration to the UK if they receive a mandate to govern from the ballot box. The Conservative manifesto contains most detail, and has therefore...
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What is the latest news? After the Court of Appeal upheld the previous rulings in the Lock v British Gas case, which held that British Gas should include commission in the calculation of Mr Lock’s holiday pay, the Supreme Court has refused British...
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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched its Digital Strategy, which sets out plans to make the UK a favourable location to start and grow digital businesses. The strategy involves close partnerships between Government, businesses and...
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A key commitment within the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto of 2015 was to introduce an apprenticeship levy, funded by a 0.5% tax on the payroll of employers in excess of £3 million per year. However, before the levy even...
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Powers for employment tribunals to levy additional fines on rogue employers who flout employment laws with “aggravating factors” have led to an income of under £18,000 since they were introduced in April 2014. The figures, released by...
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German discount supermarket Aldi has announced that it will increase the minimum level of wage paid to its staff, in a response to the announcement made only weeks earlier by its rival Lidl, which has also stated that it will also be increasing minimum rates...
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In a report published today, the charity Working Families has released results of a study interviewing some 2,750 parents about the challenges they face balancing work and family life. In particular, the Modern Families Index 2017 paid attention to...
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