Employment

Hospitality and Leisure Focus: Distribution of tips and gratuities

As we move into the new legislative and tax year, there are a raft of recent and impending changes which will have significant impact on employers in the Hospitality and Leisure sector. The Employment Group at DLA Piper works with a huge range of employers in this sector, advising on all aspects of the employment …

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Financial Services in Focus: FCA and PRA AI Update: Senior Managers’ accountability for the use of AI

Following the publication of the Government’s pro-innovation strategy earlier this year, the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) AI Update last week sets out how its existing regulatory framework maps to the Government’s five principles on Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulation (AI Principles). The Bank of England and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have also written to the …

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April 2024: A summary of employment law changes coming into effect this month

Various changes to employment laws come into effect during April 2024,  largely impacting on family-friendly rights but also on statutory pay rates and holiday pay rules. For information on the changes to holiday pay, in effect from 1 April,  read our separate blog post. The new statutory pay rates,  which apply from 6 April,  can …

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The latest changes to holiday pay in the UK and what they mean for employers

In January 2024, the UK government introduced new regulations, The Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 (Regulations). Changes in effect from 1 January 2024 are Changes to the definition of a week’s pay for holiday pay calculations. Changes to carry over of holiday rules. Changes which take effect for holiday years commencing …

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UK immigration update: Increase to the minimum salary threshold for Skilled Worker and Global Mobility routes, and other changes to the immigration rules

At a glance On 14 March 2024, the UK Home Office published its changes to the immigration rules. These include an increase to the general and specific thresholds to the Skilled Worker and Global Business Mobility routes. The changes remove the current Shortage Occupation List (SOL) with a shortened Immigration Salary List (ISL). Inclusion on …

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UK immigration update: MAC review of the Immigration Salary List

At a glance In a previous post, we discussed the Government’s proposals to overhaul the salary thresholds for the Skilled Worker route. The proposals mean that the current Shortage Occupation List (SOL) would be drastically cut down and the 20% reduction on salary would be removed. The revised list would be known as the Immigration …

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Enforcement against the use of biometrics in the workplace

At a glance The ICO has issued an enforcement notice which provides valuable insights into its approach to the use of biometrics in the workplace, and the lawfulness of employee monitoring activities more broadly. On 23 February 2024, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ordered Serco Leisure Operating Limited (Serco), an operator of leisure facilities, to …

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UK immigration update: Illegal working civil penalties are increasing – Is your business compliant?  

At a glance Civil penalties for breaches of illegal working regulations will be tripling on 13 February 2024 to GBP45,000 for a first offence and GBP60,000 for each illegal worker for repeat or significant breaches. From 6 April 2024, all sponsors with a licence expiration date falling on or after 6 April 2024 will no …

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Consultation on proposal to reintroduce fees in the Employment Tribunals

The government has published a consultation paper on proposals to reintroduce fees in the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal The proposal is for a one-off fee of £55 payable on presentation of the claim There will be no fee payable at the hearing stage There will be no distinction between types of claim There …

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Changes to the Equality Act with effect from 1 January 2024

At a glance The Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (Amendment Regulations) came into effect on 1 January 2024. The Amendment Regulations incorporate in domestic law the effect of ECJ decisions interpreting discrimination law in the following areas: Indirect discrimination where a person without a relevant protected characteristic suffers the same disadvantage as those with …

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UK immigration update: Government issues clarifications on planned spring 2024 changes

Yesterday, the UK government published further detail on its five-point plan to reduce net migration figures. The announcement addresses concerns which have been raised by ministers and the public. The clarifications of most interest are as follows: The new Skilled Worker salary threshold of GBP38,700 is set to be implemented in April 2024. Skilled Workers who …

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UK immigration update: Anticipated Immigration Health Surcharge Increase

At a glance: The implementation date for planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) still not certain, however this is likely to be 31 January 2024, at the earliest, or early February. Standard fee for adults increasing from GBP624 to GBP1,035 per year. Annual fee for migrants applying as Students, Student dependants and Youth …

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UK immigration update: Changes to Visitor Rules – Business Activities

At a glance: Clarification that business visitors in the UK may work remotely for their overseas employment, provided this is not the primary purpose of the visit. Employees of an overseas-based company with a UK branch may now carry out work directly with clients, provided the activity is incidental to their employment overseas and does …

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Flurry of employment law developments as 2023 draws to a close

At a glance Draft Regulations have been published bringing various new employment laws into force. The right to request flexible working will become a ‘day one’ right with effect from 6 April 2024 Carer’s leave in force from 6 April 2024 Redundancy protection period increased to 18 months for employees who take maternity, adoption or …

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5 considerations for employers when implementing AI technologies in the workplace

Whilst the use of AI undoubtedly brings with it many benefits, which are already being realised in the workplace, improper use or inadequate risk mitigation can result in a detrimental impact on the workforce. In this article we address five key factors employers should be considering when implementing such technologies in the workplace to reduce …

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