News Practice: Employment and Immigration

Sopra Steria Appointments – Top Ten Tips

July 17, 2019

Earlier this year applications for visas made from within the UK moved on-line. After you’ve submitted your application you’ll be directed to make an appointment with Sopra Steria to enrol your biometric information.

Good News for EU citizens in the UK

January 25, 2019

This has been a good week for EU citizens living in the UK and concerned about the quality of their welcome.

Brexit & Immigration for HR Professionals

January 2, 2019

On what basis will the UK leave the EU? How will the UK’s departure affect the remainder of the EU?

The Good Work Plan

February 7, 2018

In the wee small hours of this morning I was pottering up the A303 to Basingstoke (sunrise over the Festival Centre is well worth seeing) and heard the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy extolling his departments “Good Work Plan”. It sounded impressive but I found myself wondering about its substance so I looked it up. It turns out the plan is in fact a 5 page press…

Trust your staff to succeed, maverick entrepreneur tells business summit

November 15, 2017

Empowering and trusting staff is the way to run a successful business, maverick entrepreneur Sir John Timpson told the South’s business leaders at the Solent Business Growth Summit 2017.

Men just as much at risk from sexual harassment

October 26, 2017

With the issue of sexual harassment at the forefront of the national agenda in recent weeks a Southampton lawyer is warning that it’s not just women who are at risk.

A Snapshot of Indirect Discrimination

October 20, 2017

Yesterday the CJEU said the Greek government indirectly discriminated against women by imposing a minimum height requirement on applicants to the annual competition for places at it’s police and firefighting academies. The minimum height requirement was 1.70 metres without shoes. The case is worth looking at because it’s a good example of the law against indirect discrimination in…

EU Workers & Post-Brexit Immigration Policy

September 8, 2017

On Tuesday The Guardian newspaper published what appears to be a leaked Home Office paper on the UK’s immigration policy after we leaves the EU. It’s only a draft document but it has the look and feel of something more substantial than a discussion paper. It seems a reasonable guide to current Home Office thinking and a significant nudge and wink on the way in which policy is…

Sleep-ins, the National Minimum Wage & the social care sector

August 21, 2017

In May I wrote about an important decision of the EAT concerning working time, sleep-ins and the minimum wage. The decision could have profound implications for anyone employing staff to provide a 24 hour service and especially for social care providers. Please click here to read my previous piece.

The Minimum Income Requirement

August 18, 2017

Before July 2012 the Immigration Rules required that non-EEA family members joining their relatives in this country be able to maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependents. The test was to do so adequately without recourse to public funds.