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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published updated security guidance on encryption and on passwords in online services under the GDPR.The GDPR requires data controllers to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to... Read More

The Chancellor used his Budget speech to confirm that increased National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates are due to come into effect on 1 April 2019.The NLW first came into effect on 1 April 2016, and is the minimum hourly rat... Read More

Unlock, a charity that assists people with criminal convictions, has published new guidance to help employers ensure that their policies and practices on collecting criminal records data during recruitment are compliant with the GDPR and the Data Pro... Read More

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a self-assessment checklist to help small business owners and sole traders to assess their compliance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.The ICO’s interactive online checklist asks... Read More

ACAS has published new guidance on employment references aimed at both employers and employees based on the questions it receives on its helpline. The guidance makes clear that there is usually no legal obligation on employers to provide a refer... Read More

Many employers rightly have concerns about the process of dismissing an employee. Whilst there are many laws to be aware of, there are some important basic rules to observe. It is also important that employers consider the reasons that can be us... Read More

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has confirmed that all regulated law firms will be required to publish information on the prices that they charge, and what these cover, across a range of services, including the pursuit (for members of the p... Read More

The government has published a new Statement of Changes to the UK Immigration Rules. The main change is to exempt all doctors and nurses from the annual Tier 2 (General) visa limit. The Tier 2 (General) category is the main immigration route for UK e... Read More

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's decision and confirmed that a plumber who was classed as self-employed was actually a 'worker'. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by Pimlico Plumbers and agreed that the employment status of the... Read More

The maternity allowance is a financial benefit for pregnant women who are self-employed, who are working but do not qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP) or who have recently stopped working. The maternity allowance is paid directly by the Depart... Read More

The Time Off for Public Duties Order 2018 has been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 1 October 2018. The Order amends section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 so as to grant unpaid time off work to four groups of volunteers in th... Read More

Almost all full-time workers in the UK are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' (or 28 days) paid holiday per year. This is known as their statutory leave entitlement or annual leave. Legally, employers can include bank holidays in this total although ... Read More