On 16 May 2024, the UK government launched a consultation paper setting out proposed amendments to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) and abolishing the legal framework for European Works Councils (EWCs). This follows the policy paper published in May 2023, “Smarter regulation to grow the economy”. Despite the general election

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

 

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

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

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

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

As we come to the end of 2023, there has been a rush on new employment legislation to come into effect in 2024.

Holiday leave and pay

As mentioned here the Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 were laid before Parliament on 7 November 2023 and are due to come into force

The Pensions Regulator has, for many years, campaigned to reduce the number of pension transfer scams. Its efforts appear to be having an effect. Cold calling, a typical sign of a scam, is decreasing and the number of UK savers receiving unsolicited approaches about their pensions fell from around 20% in 2017 to 7% in