Good news from the EU on data protection

22 June 2021

As long ago as 2019, the UK Government confirmed that, following the decision to leave the EU, it was introducing the “UK GDPR” which is essentially the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) with necessary changes such as introducing references to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in place of the European Commission.

Wales and Scotland confirm cautious exit from restrictions

21 June 2021

Following the decision by the UK Government to delay the lifting of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions (see Freedom day moved back by four weeks), the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments have now given their own updates.

As pandemic restrictions ease, permanent jobs show sharp increase

17 June 2021

A further easing of Covid-19 restrictions and the reopening of more sectors of the economy spurred a marked increase in hiring activity in May, according to the latest UK Report on Jobs survey by KPMG and REC ( Recruitment and Employment Confederation).

Are employers ignoring work from home guidance?

16 June 2021

A minority of employers are breaching official guidance by forcing staff to “needlessly” work in offices and other workplaces according to the TUC which argues that this is part of a wider health and safety enforcement crisis.

EU Court rules on UK equal pay case

16 June 2021

It is now five months since the end of the transition period when the UK finally left the European Union but cases referred from British courts are still working their way through the EU legal system and an important one has just concluded.

Care home staff vaccines set to become mandatory

16 June 2021

On 16 June 2021, news reports indicated that the Government is set to confirm, in a few days, that it will make the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for care home staff. Initial reports indicate that affected staff will be given 16 weeks to have the vaccine or face being redeployed or lose their job. It is estimated that 10,000 care homes will be affected and will apply to the following care homes:

“Freedom day” moved back by four weeks

15 June 2021

Given the widespread pessimistic predictions in the days leading up to his announcement, it would have been a major surprise if the Prime Minister had said that the final stage of his roadmap to freedom had been successfully completed.