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FCA and PRA consultations on D&I in the financial services sector:  An employment law perspective

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have recently published consultation papers setting out proposals to promote diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the financial services sector. The papers follow on from the joint discussion paper in July 2021 when the regulators made it clear that firms should consider D&I.  This was followed … Continue reading

New Electronic Travel Authorisation Rules

An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) will soon be required to enter the UK as a visitor or to transit, for those who would not ordinarily require a visa in advance of travel to the UK. The UK Home Office has stated that the introduction of the requirement by means of the ETA will improve border … Continue reading

Claims for holiday pay – Supreme Court holds worker can claim for historic underpayments which are part of a series of deductions

The Supreme Court has given its judgment in the case of Chief Constable of Northern Ireland v Agnew and ors and dismissed the appeal, holding that the workers could claim back for a whole series of unlawful deductions even where there was a gap of more than three months between those deductions. In this case, … Continue reading

Transfer of share incentive plans under TUPE

The Court of Session in Ponticelli UK Ltd v Gallagher recently provided further clarification on what employment benefits transfer when employees transfer from one employer to another under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). When an employee transfers from one employer to another under TUPE the rights and benefits they enjoy … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and employment law

On 11 August 2023, the UK House of Commons published a research briefing paper on artificial intelligence (AI) and employment law.  The paper provides an overview of AI and its various subcategories, outlines current uses of AI in the workplace, considers the implications of using AI and summarises the current proposals to regulate such use.  … Continue reading

Increase to civil penalties for illegal working

All UK employers must carry out right to work checks before employing someone, to ensure that the individual is legally permitted, by reason of their immigration status, to carry out the work in question. Correctly conducting a right to work check prior to employment will provide the employer with a statutory excuse against illegal working. … Continue reading

Deutsches Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz verabschiedet – Was Unternehmen jetzt beachten müssen

Nach mehreren Verzögerungen im Gesetzgebungsverfahren hat der deutsche Gesetzgeber das Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz („HinSchG“) verabschiedet. Mit dem Gesetz wird die EU-Whistleblower-Richtlinie (RL (EU) 2019/1937) umgesetzt; entsprechende Gesetzgebungsverfahren sind in vielen EU-Ländern noch auf dem Weg. Mit einem Inkrafttreten ist ca. Mitte Juni 2023 zu rechnen. Unternehmen sind nun in der Pflicht, innerhalb kürzester Zeit eine interne Meldestelle … Continue reading

What next for UK Employment law?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 preserved a number of EU laws in UK statute as Retained EU Law (REUL).  The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (REUL Bill) was introduced to amend, remove and replace the REULs that the UK government deemed to be unsuitable and replace them with bespoke UK provisions.  The … Continue reading

Whistleblowers Protection Act entered into force: What you need to know

The Whistleblowers Protection Act was passed by the Senate on 24 January 2023 and entered into force on 18  February. With this Act, the Netherlands implements the 2019 European Whistleblowers Directive. The Act replaces the current House for Whistleblowers Act. The Act brings significant changes for employers. The main changes employers need to consider are … Continue reading

Restrictive covenants – severance of words with “fantastical” consequences and the impact of delay in issuing proceedings

In the recent case of Boydell v NZP Ltd and others [2023] EWCA Civ 373 the Court of Appeal considered two key issues in relation to a non-compete clause: First with regard to severance: whether the High Court’s decision to sever words from a non-compete clause went beyond the principles set out by the Supreme … Continue reading

UK: Changes in employment law current rates and limits – April 2023

April marks the annual increase in the limits (maximum and minimum) applying to certain awards of Employment Tribunals and other amounts payable under employment legislation. Employers should ensure that they are aware of these changes and make adjustments where appropriate. Maximum Compensation Limits From 6 April 2023, there will be increases to the maximum compensation … Continue reading

Remuneration of works councils: Liability trap for HR managers

The remuneration of employee representatives on works councils is intended to save employers money and at the same time ensure cooperation based on trust. In a recent decision, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH, 10.01.2023 – 6 StR 133/22) sets strict requirements for the legality of the level of such remuneration and does not … Continue reading

Vergütung von Betriebsräten: Haftungsfalle für Personalverantwortliche

Die Vergütung von Betriebsräten soll Arbeitgebern Geld sparen und gleichzeitig eine vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit sicherstellen. Der Bundesgerichtshof macht in einer jüngeren Entscheidung strenge Vorgaben zur deren Rechtmäßigkeit (BGH, 10.01.2023 – 6 StR 133/22) und schließt eine mögliche Strafbarkeit wegen vorsätzlicher Untreue bei überhöhten Entgelten nicht aus. Arbeitgeber sollten diese Entscheidung zum Anlass nehmen, ihre bisherige Vergütungspraxis … Continue reading

CMA Advice on how to avoid anti-competitive behaviour

On 9 February the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) published a short guidance note for employers on how to avoid anti-competitive behaviour. The aim of the guide is to boost compliance with the rules regarding anti-competitive behaviour and to remind employers of their legal obligations.  The CMA points out that anti-competitive agreements can negatively impact … Continue reading

Germany – What to expect in 2023

German employment law will introduce numerous innovations and planned changes in 2023 that HR managers should be aware of. New legislation enters into force A number of new regulations have been in force since 1 January 2023. For example, employees with statutory health insurance will no longer have to submit a certificate of incapacity for … Continue reading

Arbeitsrecht 2023: Was ändert sich?

Das deutsche Arbeitsrecht bringt im Jahr 2023 zahlreiche Neuerungen und geplante Änderungen, die Personalverantwortliche kennen sollten. (English version available here.) Neuerungen Seit dem 1. Januar 2023 sind einige Neuregelungen in Kraft. Beispielsweise müssen gesetzlich versicherte Arbeitnehmer ihrem Arbeitgeber künftig keine Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung mehr vorlegen. Der sogenannte „gelbe Schein“ in Papierform wird insofern abgeschafft. Arbeitgeber sind nun verpflichtet, … Continue reading

Employment Law – What to expect in 2023

Last year saw little legislative changes in the UK with regard to employment law.  However, there may be changes of interest for employment lawyers over the coming year.   This blog post looks at what changes employers can expect in relation to employment law this year and what steps they should be taking to prepare for … Continue reading

Gesetzlicher Mindesturlaub: Informationspflichten des Arbeitgebers

Das Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG, 20.12.2022 – 9 AZR 266/20) hat die Regelungen zum gesetzlichen Mindesturlaub weiterentwickelt. Urlaubsansprüche verfallen demnach nicht mehr nach Ablauf der dreijährigen Verjährungsfrist, wenn Arbeitgeber ihre Arbeitnehmer nicht regelmäßig über ihre konkreten Urlaubsansprüche und die Verfallfristen informieren. Arbeitnehmer könnten so ihren Urlaub zeitlich unbefristet ansammeln mit zum Teil nicht unerheblichen finanziellen Auswirkungen bei … Continue reading

Employment law – Government backing of Private Members Bills

In the Queen’s speech in December 2019 the Government announced its intention to bring about changes to employment laws in a new Employment Bill.  These changes included provisions relating to carers leave, extension of protection for employees on maternity leave, rights regarding tips and gratuities, the right to request a more predictable and stable contract … Continue reading

Working time compliance: Legal obligation to record working time

The German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) has now published the reasons for its much-noted decision of 13 September 2022 (ref. 1 ABR 22/21). It is now clear that the recording of working time is a fundamental duty of occupational health and safety and must be observed. However, employers still have to wait for … Continue reading

Arbeitszeit-Compliance: Zeiterfassung zwingend erforderlich

Das Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG) veröffentlichte nun die Entscheidungsgründe zu seiner vielbeachteten Entscheidung vom 13.09.2022 (Az. 1 ABR 22/21). Nunmehr ist klar, dass die Arbeitszeiterfassung als grundlegende Pflicht des betrieblichen Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutzes gilt und verbindlich zu beachten ist. Bei wichtigen Detailfragen müssen Arbeitgeber jedoch noch auf die Klarstellung durch den Gesetzgeber warten. (English version available here) … Continue reading

“Quiet quitting” has been included in Collins Dictionary’s top 10 words of the year for 2022 – but what is it?

For most, a contract of employment (or similar written terms of employment) and job description will set out the terms and conditions of the working relationship with their employer.  Among other things, it will include the individual’s contractual hours of work and may include the scope of their duties.  So what is the issue if … Continue reading
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