Overseas employees visiting the UK? Businesses Beware!
Prior to Brexit and the removal of the freedom of movement, it was permissible for EEA nationals employed by an overseas branch to come to the UK to work and carry out business-related activities without restriction. That’s no longer the case…
Harpur Trust v Brazel: Are you calculating holiday pay correctly?
Last week, the Supreme Court in Harpur Trust v Brazel held that a member of staff who only worked part of the year (in this case, term time only) is entitled to the same 5.6 weeks of statutory leave as those employees who work all year. The court made clear that employers should not base holiday entitlement calculations on the number of hours actually worked.
Important changes to the Fit Note Regime from July
As of July 2022, the law surrounding fit notes and who can issue them has been updated by the Department for Work and Pensions. From July, they can be issued by nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapist and physiotherapists, in addition to doctors. A new fit note was also released in April 2022 with different requirements to the original, however, both are valid for the foreseeable future.
Spotlight: High Potential Individual Visa
The High Potential Individual Visa route opened on 30 May 2022; it’s an entirely new route with the aim of attracting highly skilled individuals to the UK to help tackle its current high-skilled labour shortage.
Promotion of Emma Cousins to the role of Senior Associate
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Emma Cousins to the role of Senior Associate. Emma has been with the firm since 2019 and, in that time, has become a trusted advisor to many of the firm’s clients, as well as taking the lead in expanding our employment law services to include a new business immigration offering.
Are you offering jobs to Ukrainian nationals?
As the war in Ukraine continues, many employers are seeking to support Ukrainian refugees by offering them work. If that applies to you, it’s important to carry out right to work checks on Ukrainian candidates before their employment commences
Restrictive covenants – not worth the paper they’re written on? Well think Again!
Wishful thinking employees (or somewhat despairing employers) may claim that clauses which restrict what they do after their employment has ended aren’t worth the paper they’re written on – but that’s often not the case.
Managing the Employee lifeline Course
Take advantage of the expertise of Torque Law’s specialist employment solicitors, and using practical scenarios and interactive exercises, delegates will gain essential knowledge and skills to handle a range of employment situations with increased confidence.
Sexual harassment – a guide for employers of the follicularly challenged
The topic of sexual harassment has received a fair amount of press attention recently following the Employment Tribunal case bought by Mr Finn against his employer, The British Bung Manufacturing Company Limited.
Is long-Covid a disability?
Without case law or scientific consensus, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a statement this month to say that long Covid does not automatically qualify as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, unlike conditions like cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis which are recognised in law as being deemed disabilities from point of diagnosis.
How compensation is awarded by Employment Tribunals.
We’re often asked by employers what the ‘worst case scenario’ is for a claim which has been bought against their business or organisation and it’s useful to think of this in terms of what an Employment Tribunal could potentially award in compensation.
The new Global Mobility Routes are now Live, but has anything changed?
On 11 April 2022, the new Global Business Mobility (GBM) routes went live and aims to provide new solutions for overseas businesses seeking to establish a presence in, or moving staff to, the UK. There are five sub-categories with only one new category; the Secondment Worker route.
Holiday pay claims … tricky issues for employers and tips on how to manage risk
The Court of Appeal recently decided a ‘worker’ was entitled to receive a payment covering all of the periods during his engagement when he took holiday, but wasn’t paid for it. Understandably, this decision can be unsettling for many employers. However, we’d recommend that you take the following steps.
Did you know that Torque Law is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)?
Emma Cousins, who has a keen interest in business immigration, has already reaped some rewards from our membership by recently attending some very insightful ILPA training sessions about engaging non-UK and Ireland migrants via sponsorship and other means.
Do your contracts with migrant workers contain a clause requiring repayment of immigration fees?
In a post-Brexit world, many employers will now find that they need to engage workers who are subject to immigration control, for example, as sponsored workers under the points based system.
What do employers need to do in response to the ‘Living with Covid-19’ plan?
Today’s removal of Covid restrictions is likely to cause some dilemmas for employers. Employers will need to make decisions about the policies and procedures which are appropriate for their own workplaces. With further changes due to take effect from 1 April 2022.