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Employment

Government Call For Evidence: Is This The Beginning Of The End For The “Non-Compete” Clause?

Leigh McDonald

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills has announced a call for evidence regarding “non-compete clauses” in employment contracts, in response to a feeling within the Government that the clauses may be stifling British entrepreneurship.

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MAC Recommendations... Implemented

Elise Lang

Following the Migration Advisory Committee (“MAC”) review of Tier 2 in the latter half of 2015 and the subsequent report which was published in January 2016, the UK government has now considered the recommendations of MAC and has published its response.  In short, the government’s intention is to implement the majority of MAC’s proposals (albeit on a phased basis between autumn 2016 and April 2017) and the most significant changes are likely to be felt by the Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) (“ICT”) routes to work in the UK. 

Tier 2 (General)

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Is It Discriminatory To Suspend Childcare Vouchers During Maternity Leave?

Rachel McKay

Is It Discriminatory To Suspend Childcare Vouchers During Maternity Leave?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal answered this question last week when it issued its judgment in Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson.

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EAT Confirms That Commission Should Be Included When Calculating Holiday Pay

Rachel McKay
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Stop Press - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations Published

Morag Hutchison

In arguably the most important employment law development of 2016, the Government has today published draft regulations requiring employers with more than 250 employees to publish gender pay gap figures.  

The draft regulations are open for consultation until 11 March 2016 and are intended to come into force in October 2016 with the first reports requiring to be published in April 2017.

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Sorry Is No Longer The Hardest Word

David Morgan

“It's sad, so sad. Why can't we talk it over?...” Perhaps Elton John was wrong after all: “sorry” no longer seems to be the hardest word. So says the Scottish Government at least, as the curiously titled Apologies (Scotland) Act 2015 was passed before the Scottish Parliament on 19 January 2016, with support across the political spectrum. 

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Safe Harbor 2.0 – Transferring Personal Information to the US

Joanne Snedden

Last week, the European Commission and their US counterparts reached political agreement on Safe Harbor 2.0, or to give it its official name – the EU-US Privacy Shield.

The agreement follows the European Court of Justice ruling last October that Safe Harbor 1.0, which allowed EU organisations to transfer data to certain certified US companies, was invalid.

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Email Surveillance In The Workplace: Don’t Believe The Hype

Mel Sangster

Many of us find the idea of our employer reading through our personal messages a little discomforting.  The freedom to send the odd message from work to a friend or loved one, with the expectation that its contents remain private, is widely considered a vital one in an age where the ability to share a joke, article link or sweet nothing is almost perpetually at our fingertips.   Yet, as technology provides us with the opportunity to blur the boundary between our professional and private lives, many also worry about the right to privacy being eroded as a result.

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Christmas Parties: An Employer’s Guide To Avoiding The Hangover

It’s an all too familiar scenario for many of us: wake up, the room spinning, feeling a little more delicate than usual after one too many at the work Christmas party, as you wonder what exactly did happen last night? Come Monday morning – back to work; back to reality...what’s awaiting you?

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Up Periscope

The closest thing to teleportation” - that’s how I have heard Twitter’s live video streaming app Periscope described.  If you haven’t tried it yet, picture the scene.  A close friend of mine recently completed a charity cycle – 1,700 miles on a tandem from Africa to Yorkshire.  The challenge brought home that “Africa is on our doorstep”, raising over £50,000 to help build a primary school in Kenya.  I felt as though I was there with the cyclists along the way by following them on Periscope.  I downloaded the app and linked it to my Twitter account.  T

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