The Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Order 2012 is now in force and makes it clear that a solicitor who is negotiating exit terms can also be the exiting employee’s independent advisor for the compromise agreement. Previously there was some confusion over the wording and interpretation of the statute.

From 6 April 2012 there have been changes to the immigration rules which include:

  • Requiring Tier 2 migrants to earn the higher of £35,000 per annum or the market rate for their profession in the UK Border Agency Code of Practice.
  • Limiting the stay of temporary Tier 2 migrants to a maximum of six years.
  • Removing the ability of overseas domestic workers to change employer. Such workers will be required to leave the UK with their employing family after a maximum of six months, with the exception of diplomatic domestic workers who will be able to stay in the UK for the duration of the stay of the diplomat for which they are working, up to a maximum of five years.