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    Travel restrictions behind glut of work visas

    Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport lies empty during lockdown Shutterstock New government figures show that far fewer migrants have applied for, and been granted visas to work in the UK in the past few months. The decline in applications, caused by a combination of Covid-19 travel restrictions and Brexit, has created a glut in the […] More

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    ‘Stealth expats’: managing staff secretly working abroad

    Shutterstock Finding out that an employee has secretly been working from another country isn’t a new problem, but it has become increasingly likely in the pandemic with so many are working from ‘home’. Juliet Carp offers some practical tips for tackling this and highlights the legal challenges it can present. Aisling is an IT consultant. […] More

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    Farmers need clarity on ‘vital’ seasonal worker recruitment

    Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock.com The agriculture sector urgently needs clarity on how it will be able to recruit seasonal workers from overseas next year, as it is revealed UK residents made up only 11% of the workforce this year. The National Farmers Union’s Horticulture Seasonal Worker Survey, which was completed by 244 growers who collectively […] More

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    ‘Snap out of it and prepare for new immigration rules’ firms warned

    Ink Drop / Shutterstock.com Employers need to ‘snap out’ of their complacency and start preparing for the points-based immigration system, a specialist has warned as the new rules are confirmed. In a document confirming the changes to the system, which comes into effect on 1 December, the Home Office reiterated that the salary threshold for […] More

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    Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

    “Four and a half million jobs depend on this sector”   Baroness Donaghy. Photo: UK Government The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee of the House of Lords. More than 4.6 million people – 13% of the workforce – are employed in […] More

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    Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

    Shutterstock As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for the virus. In September’s top ten FAQs, popular questions included those on whether employers can test their workforce and if they should disclose a colleague’s positive test result. Additionally, employers are turning their attention […] More

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    EU immigration: two fifths of firms won’t reallocate roles to Britons

    Lightspring / Shutterstock Nine out of 10 UK businesses believe the recruitment of EU nationals plays an important role in their UK operations, but despite potential losses of EU employees, two fifths of businesses do not plan on reallocating roles to Britons. According to a report released today by immigration law firm Fragomen, 41% of […] More