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In the run up to the election, the Conservatives promised to be tough on immigration law. So, will the election result impact have any real impact on their immigration agenda and what are the likely implications for businesses in the UK? Caroline Glacken of Constantine Law compares the promises of each party.
Can a ‘perfunctory and insensitive’ redundancy consultation render dismissal unfair? The EAT has held that it could do so in the recent case of Thomas v BNP Paribas Real Estate.
The taxi-app company, Uber, is synonymous with the modern phenomenon known as the ‘gig economy’. Uber’s business model sees them engage around 40,000 self-employed staff in the UK. That was, however, until Friday 28 October 2016, when the London Central Employment Tribunal found that it’s self-employed drivers are actually ‘workers’ in law.
The status of EU nationals in the UK remains far from certain following the outcome of the Referendum in June. For particular sectors, such as construction, retail and leisure, where there is a heavy reliance on EU labour, limiting the free movement of EU workers creates a huge problem.
Despite the uncertainty there are some practical steps that can be taken now.
Parliament is back to work and on Monday (5 September), from the G20 in China, we learned that the PM considers an Australian style points based system (or ‘PBS’) is no longer an option to manage EU migration. Having kept options very open to date this is one of the first clear messages, albeit it only tells us what won’t be happening.
Later on in the day, David Davis spoke to Parliament in his new capacity as Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. On the issue of applying a PBS to EU migrants, he said that the PM is concerned that it would not provide sufficient control on the number of people coming into the UK and that they are looking at something more rigorous, not less rigorous, than a PBS. He called it a ‘results based immigration system’.
It goes without saying that in recent months Brexit has been at the forefront of the minds of those working in financial services in the City.
No doubt, Brexit will continue to dominate the headlines for years to come. However, we should not let Brexit overshadow or mask the sweeping reforms already taking place across the world of financial services. One such area of reform is in relation to whistleblowing.