Category Archives: Government reforms

Government reforms (2): Tribunal fees to be reintroduced?

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The Ministry of Justice’s representative (when answering questions in the House of Commons), has confirmed that the Government is working on reintroducing fees for individuals seeking to pursue claims in the Tribunal. The Supreme Court decision in the UNISON case last year (see our update here) found the previous fee system to be unlawful. However,…
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Government reforms (2): Parental bereavement leave

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What do we already know? We updated you in our September 2018 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Parental Bereavement Leave that the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is likely to come into force in 2020. The Act gives bereaved employees who have suffered a loss of a child under 18 years or a still…
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Government reforms (1): Budget 2018

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The Chancellor presented this year’s budget at the end of October 2018. Key announcements for HR/employment law are: 1. National living wage and minimum wage increases: The following National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates come into effect in April 2019: 25 years and above (the National Living Wage):  from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour; 21-24 year…
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Government Reforms (3): Top tips for staff

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The Government has announced plans (available here) to ensure that tips left for workers will go to them in full.  This forms part of its modern ‘Industrial Strategy’ to end exploitative employment practices. While the Government acknowledges that most employers act in good faith, in some sectors evidence points towards poor tipping practices, including excessive…
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Government Reforms (1): Mind the ethnicity pay gap

The Government is consulting on implementing mandatory ethnicity pay reporting.  The consultation, available here, sets out options and asks questions on what ethnicity pay information should be reported, who should be expected to report, and the next steps to be taken. The principle behind the consultation already looks very similar to that of the gender…
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Government Reforms (2): ICO fees – enforcement action

What do we already know? All organisations that process personal data must pay a fee to the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner (ICO) unless they are exempt under new UK data protection regulations. The ICO has produced a fee calculator tool (available here) and guidance on the data protection fee, available here. Organisations…
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Government reforms (1): National minimum wage – TUPE transferees beware

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HMRC have announced changes in how they enforce National Minimum Wage (NMW) penalties against employers involved in TUPE transfers. See the HMRC update here (at page 4). From July 2018, any liability for historic NMW underpayment or any penalties relating to the underpayment will be enforced against the new employer (i.e. the transferee).  This is…
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Government reforms (2): Parental bereavement leave

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What do we already know? We updated you in our October 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Family friendly – Parental bereavement leave that the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill had been published.  We let you know that when this became law, it would give bereaved parents the right to time off work following the…
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Government reforms (1): Discrimination – ‘caste’ out

What do we already know? We updated you in our August 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Discrimination – consultation on caste that the Government was consulting on whether to: prohibit caste discrimination through case law; or specify caste as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010. The consultation closed on 18 September 2017.  …
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Immigration: Post-Brexit – status of EU workers in the UK

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Home Office Statement of Intent In June 2018, the Home Office published a statement of intent (available here) about how EU citizens and their families can apply for ‘settled status’ in the UK under the new EU Settlement Scheme. EU citizens or a non-EU family member of an EU citizen who have been resident in the…
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