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Employment

Employment

Employment Law Reforms

This spring heralds a further raft of employment law reforms of which employers need to be aware. Firstly, there are a number of changes affecting employers facing employment tribunal claims from 6 April.

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Knock Knock, It's The Home Office

Joanne Hennessy

In the business immigration team we have noticed an increasing trend for the Home Office to make unannounced visits to licensed sponsors. As sponsors will know, the Home Office can make site visits to audit their compliance with their sponsor obligations and ensure the HR systems in place are fit for purpose. In the past, the Home Office would usually warn you in advance of such a visit, arriving unannounced only in exceptional cases. However, going forward, it looks like increasingly such visits will be unannounced.

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Breaking News: UNISON’s Challenge to Employment Tribunal Fees Unsuccessful

Jennifer Skeoch

This morning the Administrative Court in London has handed down its judgment in judicial review proceedings raised by UNISON last year, which challenged the lawfulness of the Government’s decision to implement a fees system in the Employment Tribunal service.

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Don’t Let Your IP Walk Out The Door

Colin Hulme

Protecting your IP is a crucial issue for all businesses: we are familiar with the importance of ensuring a rival is not copying your company name or logo.  But what if the threat to your IP is closer to home?

Our contentious IP team are advising an increasing number of clients who are managing the risk of IP being exploited by former employees and consultants.

To highlight the importance of this issue, I wrote a series of briefing notes aiming to better inform our clients of this threat and to allow them to put in place some safeguards to protect their IP.

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The Ghosts Of Employment Law - Past, Present And Future

David Morgan

Christmas is often a time for reflection - on the year gone by and what’s in store for the year ahead.  A time when employment lawyers dust off their briefings on the pitfalls of Christmas party season and adverse weather policies!  Personally, I’ve been posting daily employment law tips on Twitter to feature in an advent calendar.

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Competing Rights And Beliefs – A Landmark Decision?

Jennifer Skeoch

“Is it lawful for a Christian hotel keeper, who sincerely believes that sexual relations outside marriage are sinful, to refuse a double-bedded room to a same sex couple? Does it make any difference that the couple have entered into a civil partnership? These are questions which would have been unthinkable less than two decades ago.

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The Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK Requirements - Too Testing for Migrants?

Nick McLuskey | Solicitor

UK Immigration continues to be the focus of intense media attention and public interest.  If you reviewed the content of the UK’s major newspapers over the past few months, you would struggle to find any one day when UK Immigration doesn’t feature in some form of article or news story.
 
It is strange, therefore, that some recent important Immigration changes, implemented by the Home Office, have been given very little media attention.
 
From 28 October 2013, the Immigration Rules that apply to those looking to settle in the UK, or to become naturalised as British

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Are You Lost At Sea With Data Protection? - Demystifying Data Protection In HR

Helena Brown

We have just finished delivering a series of seminars with the ICO aimed at demystifying some of the thorny data protection issues that can come up in an HR context. We had some interesting discussions on issues such as monitoring and subject access - here are some of the key messages:

Compliance is more important than ever

The ICO is regularly exercising its increased powers to fine up to £500,000 for breaches – fines issued this year were almost double those issued in the previous year.

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Immigration Bill 2013

Joanne Hennessy

I recently reported on the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules laid before Parliament last month. As part of its commitment to cutting net immigration to the UK to the tens of thousands, the Government has now released the anticipated Immigration Bill. There have been several immigration bills over the years, each seeking to address concerns about immigration in a different way.

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Auto-Enrolment One Year On: A Happy Anniversary?

Caroline Strathdee

Today marks one year since the largest employers in the UK started enrolling eligible workers into qualifying pension schemes.

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