Changes to UK employment law 2020

What are the changes for UK employment law in 2020? In this article, Sean Dempsey and Richard Lister of UK law firm, Lewis Silkin, take a look at what’s coming up in UK employment law in 2020 Lewis Silkin is the UK member firm of Ius Laboris, an HR and employment law firm alliance. Looking ahead to 2020, various Good Work Plan reforms are coming into effect in April and the…

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Emails Outside Work..are they illegal?

It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of smartphones. But is this a breach of employment law? The short answer is that ‘it depends’ and we need some test cases to clarify the situation, not least in…

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UK employment rights in a no-deal Brexit

Introduction What might a no-deal Brexit mean for UK employment rights? What could employers do now to prepare? And what might the future hold in a no-deal scenario? Prime Minister Boris Johnson is clear that he would be prepared to leave the European Union without a deal if necessary and the current legislation commits the United Kingdom to leaving the European Union at 11:00pm on 31 October 2019. Thus,…

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Employment Law the facts…

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and their employees. It covers every aspect of employment from the hiring process through to the exit process, ensuring every individual is treated fairly. Employment law is potentially full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping up with developments and really thinking about your policies before carefully implementing them. Getting it wrong can be extremely expensive. There are seven areas of employment…

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The exemption from disclosure for confidential employment references….

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), which implemented many of its provisions, are now over a year old.  The aim of the GDPR was to increase the protection of individuals’ personal data.  Employees are better informed than ever of their data protection rights, with employers receiving an increased number of subject access requests from their employees. Interesting, however, under the DPA, individuals…

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Latest market news: High demand for staff but low candidate Availability

 Key points from the March Survey: Permanent placements continue to rise; Growth of demand for staff remains high, but candidate availability drops lower; Starting salaries increase to greatest extent for five months. Growth in permanent placements… Although the rate of expansion has softened from February’s three-year record high, the growth in permanent placements remains sharp. Permanent placements vacancies continue to rise at a slightly faster pace than that for…

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Permanent placements rise to greatest extent since August

Key Points from the November Survey: Permanent placements rise at a quicker pace; Availability of candidates continues to decline sharply; High demand for staff leads to further increases in pay; The unemployment rate remains low. Staff Appointments Rise Further… The growth in permanent placements has reached a three-month high across the UK. The rise has been attributed to an increased demand for staff and company expansion plans. The number…

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Legal News – Damages for breach of restrictive covenant

In Morris-Garner v One Step, the defendants were the founding director of a company and her partner.  The company had been founded in 2002, but in 2006, in secret, the defendants incorporated another company. They then resigned from their positions with the original company and agreed to non-compete and non-solicit restrictive covenants.  The new company began trading in 2007, an​d in 2012 the original company sued for breach of…

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Hidden Talent

Many small businesses who struggle to recruit the skills they need could source from an often overlooked source of talented employees…those with a disability.. In numbers 6 Million. The number of people of working age in the UK who are disabled or have a health condition, according to the government’s Disability Confident campaign. 83% The proportion of disabled people who acquire their disability while at work (disability confident) 520,000…

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