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Newsflash: Have your say on restrictions and watch out for illegal working new law

government reforms - elizabeth towerWhat do we already know?

  1. Restrictive covenants:  we updated you in our May 2016 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Restrictive covenants – call for evidence on Government plans to launch a call for evidence seeking views on non-compete clauses and that this was due to be launched shortly.
  2. Illegal working:  we updated you in our May 2016 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Immigration Act 2016 – Clamping down on illegal working that the Immigration Bill had become the Immigration Act 2016 and would now become law over the course of 2016 (except for the Immigration Skills Charge which is due to be introduced in April 2017).

What’s new?

  1. Restrictive covenants: The Government has launched its call for evidence on the use of non-compete clauses, available here, and is seeking views from businesses and workers. The Government defines non-compete clauses widely, to include traditional non-compete clauses, non-dealing with customers clauses and non-solicitation of employees clauses. The Government wants evidence on how non-compete clauses are currently used and what the impacts are and to ensure that when used, such clauses are justified, well-constructed and reasonable. The call for evidence seeks views in seven areas, in particular:

The call for evidence closes on 19 July 2016. Responses can be emailed to

  1. Illegal working: Parts of the Immigration Act 2016 are to become law on 12 July 2016:

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