In this issue we look at the main employment and immigration changes coming into effect in 2018 of which employers should be aware. We also consider the issues that have been raised in recent case law dealing with data protection, which will be particularly pertinent given the upcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations. We also give our view on recent decisions dealing with collective bargaining arrangements and occupational requirements.

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Many key employment developments are geared up to take effect in 2018. Here, we set out the main employment and immigration changes all employers should be aware of as the new year sets in.

The Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal have both confirmed that attempting to negotiate directly with employees during pay negotiations with a recognised trade union amounts to an unlawful inducement under section 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA).

The GDPR, described as the biggest ever overhaul of data protection regulations, is arriving on 25 May 2018, it is now more important than ever to check that your organisation is taking appropriate steps to protect the data it controls and whether you would be equipped to respond to a data breach.

In the case of Ms Z De Groen v. Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd, an employment tribunal made finding of religious and sex discrimination against a faith-based nursery after it dismissed a teacher for the way she was living her personal life.

In addition to this month's news, take a look at the publications we have contributed to over the last month.

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