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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 14 Oct 2020

MAC publishes report recommending expanded shortage occupation lists

The Migration Advisory Committee has recommended a significant expansion of the occupations deemed to be in shortage for the purposes of sponsorship under the new skilled worker category, which will replace Tier 2 (General) from 1 January 2021. The Home Office will now need to consider the recommendations and finalise the Immigration Rules for skilled workers.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 23 Sep 2020

Face coverings and the workplace

What health and safety obligations do employers have towards employees and visitors with regard to face coverings in the workplace? How should they enforce wearing face coverings if people refuse? And how should they protect employees from abusive customers or visitors? This article discusses the current rules regarding face coverings at work and some of the practical issues that may arise......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 17 Jun 2020

New quarantine rules cause confusion for cross-border workers

New rules require most international travellers who arrive in the United Kingdom from 8 June 2020 to self-isolate for 14 days. There is an exemption for cross-border workers; however, how this works in practice is not straightforward. This article examines the exemption and provides information for employers with regard to eligibility.
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Mayer Brown | United Kingdom | 22 May 2017

Slip rule cannot rectify adjudicator error

In a recent case before a Scottish court, an adjudicator made a mistake in the calculations in his decision. The slip rule introduced in the amended Scheme for Construction Contracts allows for the correction of "a clerical or typographical error arising by accident or omission", but the court ruled that it did not apply in this case. However, could a similar slip rule be implied and, if so,......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 20 Aug 2014

Employment implications for an independent Scotland

On September 18 2014 the people of Scotland will vote on whether their nation should be an independent country. An independent Scotland would most likely be cautious about making abrupt changes. However, over time certain employment laws would most likely be adapted or abandoned, meaning that Scotland's employment law landscape might evolve to be quite different from that in England, Wales......
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