Employing foreign workers: when can you dismiss fairly?

An employer who employs a foreign worker often finds themselves caught between a “rock and a hard place” when it comes to dismissal. On the one hand they must comply with unfair dismissal law, as they would for any other… Read on

EU citizens in UK immigration plans – June 2017 position

In the hope that the EU will reciprocate, the UK Government’s current proposal regarding EU citizenship is as follows: EU citizens properly resident before Brexit can apply for residency under the new scheme which will be in place. EU citizens… Read on

Immigration and the Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s speech has hinted at changes to the immigration rules post-Brexit. Immigration post-Brexit has raised concerns on many fronts, for instance; from employers concerned about a chronic skills shortage for their businesses; from EU citizens working and residing in… Read on

New illegal working offence

A new criminal offence of having “reasonable cause to believe” that an employee does not have the correct immigration status came into force today. The new offence – under s.34 Immigration Act 2016 – is in addition to the exiting… Read on

Abuse due to immigration status not discrimination

We report on recent judgments of the Supreme Court in which they have held that domestic workers who were seriously abused because of their immigration status were not discriminated against on the grounds of race or nationality. Background Ms Onu… Read on

“Brexit” – implications for employment law

With the IN/OUT referendum looming, the possibility of a “Brexit” is more present than ever. What would the implications of a “Brexit” be for UK employment law? EU law pervades practically every area of UK employment law. It could potentially… Read on

Changes to immigration rules

From 6 April 2014, the following key changes will come into force: Tier 2 intra-company and general applications will be eligible to be granted leave for up to 5 years at a time, as opposed to the current 3, on… Read on