Looking Back: Top 15 Key Employment & Immigration Developments from 2019
2019 has been a busy year for employment law developments. To help you keep up to speed we have summarised the 15 main ones here.
In Brief - December Monthly Round Up
Welcome to the last bulletin of 2019. As well as providing a round-up of this month's developments, we also summarise the top 15 changes from this year looking at topics such as Brexit, immigration, holiday pay, the Senior Managers Certification regime and various key employment cases.
In our January bulletin, we will look ahead to what 2020 holds for employment law. In the meantime we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Election 2019: Parties' pledges on business immigration
With all the main political parties having now published their manifestos ahead of the 12 December 2019 general election, we summarise the main parties' pledges for employers in relation to Brexit, free movement and the potential future of the UK's immigration system.
In Brief - November Monthly Round Up
Welcome to the November employment bulletin. With a significant focus on the General Election next month, our immigration expert Gemma Robinson summarises what the main parties' manifestos are in relation to the hot topics of Brexit and immigration. As well as our monthly In Brief review of the latest developments, we take a closer look at a right to work case, a decision that highlights how important having anti-harassment policies and training in place is and a proposal to require employers to provide basic references.
Right to Work checks… strict interpretation may catch out many employers
The case of Badara v Pulse Healthcare Limited involved a Nigerian national, Mr Badara, who was the spouse of an EEA national living in the UK. Mr Badara entered a consultancy contract with Pulse Healthcare in 2013 and before he started work, he presented a UK Residence card to evidence his right to work in the UK. Gemma Robinson, associate, provides further insight.
Proof that having policies and providing training is worth it!
For many employers, having an Anti-Harassment Policy is often seen as a tick box exercise. Policies are circulated but then quickly forgotten about and not revisited until an allegation of harassment has been made. Kevin Lau, associate, provides further insight.
Giving former employees an entitlement to a basic reference
Knowing whether to provide a reference and what to include in it can be a challenge for former employers. The government has recently announced proposals to introduce new legislation making it an obligation for employers to provide a basic reference in respect of all departing employees following a recent Women and Equalities Select Committee's report on protecting employees in cases of alleged discrimination, Kevin Lau considers the new proposals here.
Changes On The Horizon – What To Expect In 2019 and beyond
There are a number of expected changes in employment law in 2018 and beyond and we have prepared a quick reference table so you can check you are up to date and ensure that your business is prepared for what is around the corner.
Free movement - the latest Brexit developments
The date of the UK's departure from the EU has been delayed once again to 31 January 2020. At the time of writing, uncertainty remains as to whether the UK will leave the EU with a deal or without one.