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EU confirms agreement on rules to improve working conditions of platform workers

On 11 March the Council of the EU confirmed the provisional agreement reached on the Platform Workers Directive (the Directive).  The Directive aims to improve the working conditions of those who work on platforms in the gig economy and will also regulate the use of algorithms by digital labour platforms.  Employment protection The EU suggests … Continue reading

Territorial Jurisdiction – where is the employee’s base?

  In Yacht Management Company Ltd v Gordon the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision of the Employment Tribunal, that there were numerous factors to support the Tribunal’s conclusion that it had jurisdiction to hear a claim of unfair dismissal brought by the employee because the seafarer’s “base” was her home in Aberdeen, … Continue reading

Aktuelles zur Massenentlassungsanzeige

BAG: Der geplante Kurswechsel des Sechstens Senats Der für Insolvenzsachen zuständige Sechste Senat des Bundesarbeitsgerichts hat mit Beschluss vom 14. Dezember 2023 in dem Verfahren 6 AZR 157/22 (B) angekündigt, seine Rechtsprechung aufzugeben, wonach eine im Rahmen einer Massenentlassung nach § 17 Abs. 1 KSchG ausgesprochene Kündigung unwirksam ist, wenn im Zeitpunkt ihrer Erklärung eine … Continue reading

Arbeitsrecht 2024: Was ändert sich?

Das deutsche Arbeitsrecht bringt im Jahr 2024 zahlreiche Neuerungen und geplante Änderungen, die Personalverantwortliche kennen sollten. Neuerungen Zum 1. Januar 2024 wurden die Rechengrößen in der Sozialversicherung turnusgemäß an die Einkommensentwicklung angepasst. Die aktuellen Rechengrößen finden sie hier. Der gesetzliche Mindestlohn wurde auf € 12,41 angehoben. Die Jahresverdienstgrenze für Minijobber liegt 2024 bei € 6.456 (€ 538/Monat). Arbeitsunfähige Arbeitnehmer … Continue reading

Preparing for new employment laws in 2024: an HR checklist

This year is set to be a busy one for employers and, in particular, HR professionals, with a number of new employment laws and developments coming into force throughout 2024.  This includes new rules on holiday leave and pay and the application of TUPE, changes to flexible working and increased protection from redundancy and sexual … Continue reading

Proposed new paternity leave regulations

On 11 January 2023, the government published draft regulations to make changes to paternity leave legislation which will provide fathers and partners with greater flexibility when taking their paternity leave entitlement.  The Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024 are due to come into force on 8 March 2024 and will apply only to children whose expected … Continue reading

Employment Tribunal claims and Sovereign Immunity

In The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia (Cultural Bureau) v Ms A Alhayali the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the situations in which embassies and other diplomatic missions can claim state immunity from employment-related claims.   The EAT applied the recent Supreme Court case of Benkharbouche v Embassy of Sudan which had resulted in an … Continue reading

German Whistleblower Protection Act: Transition period ends

The German Whistleblower Protection Act (Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz) obliges employers to set up an internal reporting channel for information on legal violations. The transition period for implementing the obligation ends on 17 December 2023. As a result, small and medium-sized companies with 50 or more employees must also by this time have a corresponding reporting system in … Continue reading

Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz: Ende der Übergangsfrist

Das deutsche Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz verpflichtet Arbeitgeber, einen internen Meldeweg für Hinweise auf Rechtsverstöße einzurichten. Die Übergangsfrist für vollständige Umsetzung der Verpflichtung endet am 17. Dezember 2023. Damit müssen auch kleine und mittlere Unternehmen mit 50 oder mehr Beschäftigten bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt ein entsprechendes Meldesystem eingerichtet haben. Andernfalls drohen empfindliche Bußgelder. Die arbeitsrechtlichen Auswirkungen, die Arbeitgeber … Continue reading

Can an employee bring new proceedings relying on the same protected disclosures after signing a COT3 Agreement?

In Ajaz v Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employment judge erred in concluding that rule 52 of the Tribunal Rules 2013 prevented the claimant from raising new whistleblowing detriment claims after earlier detriment claims that were based on the same protected disclosures were dismissed following withdrawal … Continue reading

UK Pensions: Flurry of pensions-related announcements in Autumn Statement      

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 22, 2023, included a long list of pensions announcements, although only the first three set out below have a firm starting date of April 6, 2024. Consultations, responses, calls for evidence or reviews were published on: Comment After years of initiatives around the edges of forcing consolidation of pension … Continue reading

Governments response on Retained EU Employment Law

On 8 November 2023 the UK government published its response to its May 2023 consultation paper on “Retained EU Employment Law” (the Response).  This covered three areas: (i) record keeping requirements under the Working Time Regulations (WTR 1998); (ii) simplifying annual leave and holiday pay calculations in the WTR 1998; and (iii) consultation requirements under … Continue reading

Reform of rehabilitation periods for criminal record checks

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (ROA) applies to deem certain previous criminal convictions “spent” where the individual does not re-offend during a certain specified period from the date of conviction – the rehabilitation period. Convictions which are deemed “spent” are not disclosable including to employers except where an exemption applies which is usually due … Continue reading

The criminal offence of failing to comply with collective redundancy notification requirements; can an administrator be guilty?  

The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) imposes duties on employers who are proposing to dismiss at least 20 employees as redundant at one establishment within 90 days or less.  One such duty is to notify the Secretary of State at least 30 days before the first of those dismissals takes effect … Continue reading

UK Pensions: The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill – what does the UK’s latest crack down on fraud mean for pension schemes?

As part of a longstanding government programme to combat fraud, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 has just been passed, although the implementation timeframe has yet to be confirmed. It is a particularly wide-ranging piece of legislation. Should this be on the radar for pension scheme employers and trustees? The most eye-catching part … Continue reading

Removal of the bankers’ bonus cap

With effect from 31 October 2023 the “bonus cap”, which previously limited the variable remuneration of certain bank staff to 100% of their fixed pay (or 200% with shareholder approval) has been abolished. The FCA and PRA in their consultation paper on this change highlighted that the removal of the cap is intended to help … Continue reading