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The increased cost of Tier 2 sponsorship – could your business be impacted?

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With effect from 6 April 2017, a skills charge is payable by organisations which sponsor skilled workers under Tier 2 of the points-based system. For large employers, the charge is £1,000 per sponsored migrant, per year, payable at the time the certificate is assigned to the migrant.

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ECJ rules headscarf ban was not direct discrimination

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European Court of Justice

Amidst a flurry of headlines, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) has once again dipped its toe into the employment arena and specifically the thorny subject of religious discrimination.

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Are your dress codes discriminatory?

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Dress codes in the workplace have received a lot of attention over the past few months. We discuss what a discriminatory dress code is and how to avoid one in your company.

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Government extends criminal record checks to Tier 2

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There have been a number of high profile cases where migrants have entered the UK without proper background checks. The Government is extending its requirement for criminal record checks to Tier 2 visa applicants, in an attempt to be seen to be protecting the public from ‘unsuitable’ people from outside the EU.

From April 2017, skilled overseas job applicants seeking work in the education, health and social care sectors will be required to provide criminal record certificates as part of the visa application process. So what do employers planning to sponsor skilled workers need to know?

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Post-Brexit: our tips to help you keep calm and carry on

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Brexit

The nation is still in the dark about the exact details of Brexit, and there is more confusion with the High Court ruling that MPs must vote to trigger Article 50.

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Willis Towers Watson executive in $21m pay-off

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An important piece in the Financial Times (22 November 2016), from key insurance journalist Oliver Ralph, again highlights the troublesome issue of senior executive pay in the upper echelons of the City.

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Uber loses employee rights case – but what does this mean for UK employment law?

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This afternoon an employment tribunal gave its judgment on the high profile case against Uber, which has been awaited with bated breath by many companies who use freelance hires in the ‘gig economy’.

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Every penny counts for Asda

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Gender pay gap

Shockwaves are being felt in the retail industry following an employment tribunal decision, which could hit the pockets of one of UK’s biggest supermarkets to the tune of £100 million.

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Landmark Uber tribunal impacts UK employment law

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Uber has hit the headlines once again with a number of drivers calling into question their rights as an employee. An employment tribunal next week will determine whether these drivers are actually employees rather than self-employed. The decision could have a huge impact on flexible business models.

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Illegal working: do you know your responsibilities as an employer?

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It’s a scenario which sends shivers down the spine of UK businesses. Immigration officers swooping on a busy retailer, manufacturer or haulage firm to find a horde of illegal immigrants working behind the scenes.

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What Brexit means for UK employment law

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Brexit

In writing this article the morning after the vote, I asked employment lawyers across the country – from our soon to be colleagues – (see our merger news here if you haven’t already) at Royds in the City of London to rural-based colleagues what employment law will look like in five years’ time in the UK.

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What could leaving the EU mean for UK employment law?

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Impact of a Brexit on employment law

With the EU referendum just around the corner, it is crucial that we understand the implications of leaving before we make a decision. As we all know, a substantial amount of employment law in the UK comes from Europe.

So what are the possible employment implications for businesses if the UK votes to leave the EU? Mark Emery, partner in our Employment & HR team, explores the issues.

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