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Kathryn Dooks

Kathryn Dooks

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The government has announced a number of changes to work visas with effect from 11 January 2018, with some positive outcomes for migrants and their employers: Electronic entry clearance The government is trialling...
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In two contrasting "gig-economy" decisions the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided against Uber, holding its drivers to be workers, whilst at the same time the Central Arbitration Committee has found Deliveroo's bike couriers to be genuinely...
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The government has announced that it is doubling the number of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas available to leading figures in technology, science, the arts and the creative industries, in response to Brexit. This has been announced in a package of...
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On 7 November the government set out further details of how the new settled status scheme for EU citizens will operate after Brexit. The government recognises that the current system for processing registration certificates and residence cards is not fit...
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Following on from our previous updates here and here, David Davies and his team were back in Brussels this week (29 September) for the fourth round of negotiations on Brexit. Part of those discussions continued to focus on the rights of EEA nationals to...
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On 6 September the Guardian published a copy of an 82-page memo which had been leaked from within government, detailing the government's current thinking on the employment of EU nationals post-Brexit. Whilst the paper is stated to be subject to...
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The government issued an email on 1 September summarising the progress made in the latest round of negotiations in Brussels over Brexit, with regard to the rights of EEA nationals in the UK. It highlighted the progress made in the talks, including:...
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The government’s Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) is seeking the views of employers and other interested parties on the impact of a reduction in EEA migration post-Brexit. The MAC is an independent body which advises the government on...
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The government has today published the Taylor Review into Modern Working Practices. Matthew Taylor was commissioned by the government to review (amongst other matters) the impact of the gig economy on the world of work and proposals for reform of...
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Uncertainties for EEA nationals living and working in the UK (and their employers) look set to remain in the short term, following the release of the UK government’s “opening offer” to Europe on the rights of EU citizens after Brexit. The...
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From 6 April 2017, all employers issuing certificates of sponsorship to non-EEA migrants in order to obtain a Tier 2 work visa will need to pay the “Immigration Skills Charge” on top of the usual certificate fee. Unless the employer qualifies as...
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Clients often ask me whether there are any particular HR policies they can implement to try to attract and retain more women in the workplace. On International Women’s Day, with its message this year of “be bold for change”, I’ve set...
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Mr Doug Paulley, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, has won his widely publicised case at the Supreme Court regarding the use of the disabled wheelchair space on a bus operated by FirstGroup. Mr Paulley wished to board the bus but could not due to the...
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In the recent case of Brown v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, the County Court awarded £9,000 in damages for data protection and privacy breaches. The Court also held that...
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Two Uber drivers today won their employment tribunal claim against the “gig economy” app. The decision means they are classified as “workers”, entitling them to the National Living Wage (£7.20 / hour for drivers over the age of...
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Asda may well turn out to be falling foul of its marketing strapline as thousands of female employees have now secured the right to lodge the UK’s largest private sector equal pay claim. Back in June of this year, the Court of Appeal confirmed that...
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At the Conservative Party Conference, the Home Secretary announced that she is proposing to require companies to disclose how many of their workers are non-British, in order to encourage them to hire more British workers. This is part of the Home...
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Theresa May has ordered a review of workers’ rights and practices, with a particular focus on addressing concerns about a lack of protection for those working in the “gig economy”, for companies such as Uber and Deliveroo. Mrs May has...
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Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference at the weekend arguably gave us a much clearer picture of what Brexit will look like: She will invoke article 50 no later than the end of March 2017, meaning we will...
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Concerns have been raised in the past about the merits of using LinkedIn for recruitment, given the very low representation of Black and Minority Ethnic populations on the site, leading to a potential for racial or ethnic bias if that is the sole means used...
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During the EU Referendum debates, Leave campaigners advocated a points based system for EU migrants in order to reduce the numbers of migrants entering the UK. Theresa May has now scorched this idea, saying that it would not provide sufficient control and...
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Back in July last year the UK Government announced its plans to introduce a UK wide Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017. In response the Scottish Government has now launched a consultation which ends on 26 August 2016, into how the Apprenticeship Levy...
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Following the momentous decision announced this morning that Britain is to leave the EU, we’ve taken a look at what the immigration and employment law implications might be. Free movement of workers/work visas In the...
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An employment tribunal has ruled that when employees undertake voluntary overtime, voluntary standby duty or voluntary call-outs with “sufficient regularity”, pay in respect of such duties should be considered part of normal pay and should...
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The Government has rejected calls to put an end to the overseas domestic worker tied visa system. The system, which was introduced in 2012, has come under public scrutiny following accusations that its prohibition of migrant domestic workers being permitted...
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A survey by Macmillan Cancer Support has revealed that employers fail to comply with their duty to consider reasonable adjustments for employees who are diagnosed with cancer. Employees with cancer reported that employers failed to discuss sick pay...
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In July of last year, an interim report from Lord Justice Briggs was commissioned to coincide with a programme for reform of the courts by her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS). The report has now been published and will be followed by a...
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More problems for the troubled Co-op Group last week, as a former procurement director Kathleen Harmeston launched an employment tribunal claim alleging that she had been sacked for blowing the whistle. Ms Harmeston is claiming £5mn in damages,...
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Last night I attended a fascinating event by Movement to Work , a voluntary collaboration of UK employees committed to tackling youth unemployment through work experience opportunities. Companies involved include Marks & Spencer, Accenture, BAE Systems...
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The Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice has rejected a bid by the British government to challenge the cap on bankers’ bonuses. This is only the first stage of the legal challenge to the bonus cap and is not legally binding. The full Court of...
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Some interesting comments from the US on the effectiveness of work visas there, which reflects much of the debate here in the...
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64,000 engineers in the US are bringing a class action lawsuit against Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe, alleging that between 2005 and 2009 the companies colluded not to poach each other’s staff, which drove down salaries for thousands of engineers in...
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In past years we’ve seen thousands of female public sector employees win years’ worth of back pay in equal pay claims, which have often led to well-publicised financial difficulties for the public sector bodies in question (such as the...
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French employees in the digital and consultancy sectors are no longer required to take “electronic communications” from their employers after they’ve left the office, under a new law being introduced in France. The new law will affect...
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Should we be making it easier for entrepreneurs to come to the UK? Interesting article on a new report which claims that the Entrepreneur Visa “filters out exceptional international talents” from coming to the UK and that similar visas in other...
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Supreme Court Judge Lady Hale calls for a re-examination of the UK’s approach to religious discrimination, with a requirement for employers to make “reasonable accommodations” for the religious beliefs of employees. Lady Hale feels that the...
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