Posted Friday 29th September 2023
Our message in this bulletin to employers is all about the importance of regular, timely audits of employment and immigration practices and policies in relation to your workers:
Employers have to be ever more mindful of data protection measures. These are only going one way, i.e. increasing.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published detailed guidance on processing workers’ health data to help employers comply with their obligations under the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). The first part of the guidance explains how the UK GDPR and DPA 2018 applies to the employer. The second part focuses on how data protection law applies to specific workplace scenarios such as:
Employers should bear in mind that claims about breaches of statutory obligations can mean risk of whistleblowing claims by employees, with uncapped compensation and no minimum length of service. Now is the time to audit your data protection practices and policies!
Home Office fees increase on 4 October
We will be seeing some substantial increases in costs to businesses of hiring overseas workers:
The announcement does not include details of the planned increase to the Immigration Health Surcharge which is scheduled to be introduced later in Autumn 2023.
Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) changes
A small piece of good news however! From 31 January 2024:
As always, ensure your right to work checks are in place for ALL employees and workers. Regular timely audits are essential, to control the risk of being found to have engaged illegal workers.
This article is for reference purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking or deciding not to take any action.
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