The UK Government has launched a series of measures to tackle barriers facing ethnic minorities in the workplace. Part of its strategy is the introduction of mandatory ethnicity pay reporting. The proposed ethnicity reporting requirement is similar to the gender pay gap reporting requirement, which went into effect in April 2017. The consultation closes on 11
On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom formally left the European Union after 47 years of membership. However, for a transitional period that will end on 31 December 2020, it will still be covered by all current agreements including membership in the European Single Market and European Union Customs Union and rights such as freedom of movement of workers throughout the EU.
The UK Parliament recently introduced a right to two weeks’ paid bereavement leave for employees who suffer the loss of a child or a stillbirth. The campaign for the new law was spearheaded by Lucy Herd following the accidental drowning of her son Jack.
On October 23, 2019, the European Commission published its report after its third annual review on the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield, which became operational in August 2016, details procedures and safeguards for transatlantic data transfers from the European Union (EU) to the United States.
On July 3, 2019, in a long-awaited judgment the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom clarified the correct approach to deciding whether words can be severed from a post-employment covenant to leave an employee bound by the remainder of the covenant.
The UK government has lost its case defending the multiple convictions rule, which requires an individual to disclose all spent convictions if he or she has two or more such convictions. Generally, a conviction becomes “spent” after a certain period of time and thus does not need to be disclosed during a criminal records check.