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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 26 Jan 2022

Home Office releases further details of digital right to work check tool

Recently, the Home Office published an update to the "Employer right to work checks supporting guidance" to include a new Annex F. This covers digital identity verification guidance for employers and identity service providers regarding the implementation of a new identity document validation technology from as early as 6 April 2022.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 26 Jan 2022

Platinum Jubilee bank holiday – who is entitled to an extra day off?

The usual late May bank holiday has been moved forward to 3 June in 2022, and an additional one-off bank holiday has been created for 4 June 2022. Since the announcement of the extra bank holiday, which celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, employees have been planning how to spend their bonus extra-long weekend. However, the legal position is not that straightforward. Some employees may......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 19 Jan 2022

Home Office publishes details of new digital right to work check tool

The Home Office has published preliminary information on the new technology that employers will be able to use to make digital right to work checks for employees who are currently outside the scope of the existing online systems. The new tool will allow individuals who are not able to access existing online right to work checks, such as British and Irish citizens, to upload images of their......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 19 Jan 2022

A shower of truth: government calls for evidence on use of umbrella companies

The use of umbrella companies is on the rise in the United Kingdom. Umbrella companies can support a more flexible and resilient labour market, but some may be misbehaving when it comes to employment and tax laws. This article explains the government's call for evidence and what the positive outcomes might be.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 12 Jan 2022

What's happening in immigration law in 2022?

As a general direction of travel, the Home Office is continuing its post-Brexit programme of policy and operational change, including elements of liberalisation, simplification and technological improvement. There are also some deadlines to be aware of. This article explores some of the main themes that are expected to be seen in 2022.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 12 Jan 2022

What's happening in employment law in 2022?

After a relatively quiet 2021 (covid-19 aside), 2022 looks likely to bring an increased number of changes to employment law, especially if the Employment Bill is finally published. This article looks at the key expected developments in England and Wales in the coming year and ends with a summary of what to expect in Northern Ireland.
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 5 Jan 2022

Changes to right to work checks from 6 April 2022

The Home Office has announced that from 6 April 2022, the right to work of those who hold a biometric residence card (BRC), biometric residence permit (BRP) or frontier worker permit (FWP) can only be done online. From this date, employers must carry out a check for individuals holding a BRC, BRP or FWP using the Home Office's online right to work check service. It will no longer be an option......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 15 Dec 2021

Digitalisation trends in immigration

Under the current Digital, Data and Technology strategy, the Home Office aims to "become digital by design" in everything it does to deliver its policies. This includes using automation, investing in cyber capabilities and focusing on data to manage the department both strategically and operationally. This article looks at some examples of the United Kingdom's immigration and nationality......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 15 Dec 2021

Acas guidance advises employer caution with fire-and-rehire practices

New guidance from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) states that employers should "think carefully" before taking the "extreme step" of using fire-and-rehire practices to change their employees' terms and conditions. Acas stressed the importance of employers first exploring all other options and consulting their employees in a genuine and meaningful way. The guidance......
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Lewis Silkin | United Kingdom | 8 Dec 2021

New judgment further restricts employers' scope for responding to industrial action

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently interpreted the law on detrimental treatment for trade union activities in a way that limits the scope for employers to respond to industrial action. In a subsequent decision, it has now decided that participating staff may also bring claims under separate blacklisting regulations, which potentially entitle employees to far greater compensation in the......
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