As the Government issue figures indicating that penalties for employing illegal workers in the UK hit nearly £12 million in the last quarter of 2017, our Immigration Solicitors and UK Employment Lawyers look at right to work checks and how to get them right to avoid falling foul of the rules and facing similar penalties.
Summer really seems to be here – heralding, among other traditional summer pursuits, several major sporting fixtures. The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on 16th June; Tennis stars take to the grass courts of Wimbledon on 2nd July; the Tour de France starts pedalling on 7th July and the British Open Golf championships tee off on 19th July.
By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors
By Vishal Makol of OTS Solicitors
The practice of ‘offshoring’ – of moving work from one country to another, usually with the aim of reducing costs, is something that most of the best Employment Lawyers will have dealt with at some time or other. We are all familiar with the concept – mostly through experiences with call centres, but in many cases it is not just customer facing roles that experience offshoring.
With the publicity generated by the high profile #MeToo campaign, the exposure of sexual harassment within the Houses of Parliament and other prominent workplaces across the world, it seems very appropriate that the Equality and human rights Commission should have recently published a report into sexual harassment in the workplace in the UK.
Following Divorce, it is not unusual for one member of the divorced couple to move away. When children are involved, and the relocation will take children away from their other parent, emotions can run high. It’s a situation most good family solicitors will experience relatively frequently – but not always when there is an international dimension.
In 2017, over 2 million visitor visas were granted for people to visit the UK for up to 6 months. Visiting family or friends, to conduct business or a period of study, or for a holiday, a visitor visa is a great way to come to the UK – but the application is not always straightforward, and it’s worth checking through these 8 tips, put together by our team of top Immigration Solicitors in London.
Today marks the highly anticipated release of Corporate Insiders 2018 Business Excellence Awards winners guide.
The Corporate insider Business Excellence Awards recognise businesses that are leading the pack in terms of innovation and growth, those that are setting the standard by which other companies should look to follow in order to make respective strides and transform their industries.
Arianna Smith, Head of Corporate Awards is simply elated with the stature of this year’s winners. Commenting on the vigorous level of competition this year, Arianna said:
At the beginning of April 2018, HMRC announced changes to the taxation of termination payments which may, in some circumstances, have a significant impact on the value of those payments. Rather than allowing an employer to make a tax free payment, the new rules effectively introduce a Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON) clause into all contracts of Employment.
There are many options open to people who want to become parents, but for one reason or other find it difficult. Surrogacy is one such option, although as good family solicitors will explain, the arrangements for confirming the legal parents of a child born through a surrogacy agreement in the UK have been problematic for single parents.
Applying for a visit visa, granting permission to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, may seem the most straightforward way of coming to the UK for a short time and for a variety of reasons – to visit family or friends, to conduct business, or for short term study. Unfortunately, many people find their applications refused. Our specialist Immigration Solicitors regularly advise and support applicants who have had a visit visa refused because of a re-entry ban.
A settlement agreement is an agreed document that is often used by employers to terminate an employee’s Employment in a controlled manner. If you find yourself being offered a settlement agreement, you may experience many different emotions. After your initial response has worn off, you need to act swiftly but thoughtfully to make sure you achieve the best result.
Applying for a UK visa can be complicated – and this is certainly the case if you are considering a spouse visa application. It’s made all the more difficult because both practically and emotionally, so much depends on getting a spouse visa. If you are living apart from your partner everything is more difficult. It’s even more so if you have children who are living with one or other of you.
OTS Solicitors are delighted to announce that they have been awarded Business Immigration Law Firm 2018 in Corporate Insider’s annual Business Excellence Awards.
Divorce is an incredibly stressful process for everyone involved, particularly if you have children. All good family solicitors recognise this. If your wider family live abroad, it may be important for you to visit them so that your children can meet relatives and experience first-hand the culture and traditions that are important to you.
One of the key issues for the UK economy in recent years has been the rise of the gig economy – and now, its apparent erosion.
The Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, is facing a delay in respect of his visa renewal, amid claims that he may have to reveal the source (or sources) of his wealth before he can enter the UK on a new Tier 1 visa.
Review of the funds of Russian Tier 1 visa holders
Half term is nearly here – and then the long, summer school holidays. If you are separated from your children’s other parent, negotiating contact can be stressful and upsetting. Without the routine of school and regular weekly activities, trying to satisfy both parents’ competing wishes for time with their children can be fraught with difficulty. Equally, it can be difficult if one parent is less willing to step up to their parenting responsibilities, but the other has work or other commitments to take into account.
If you are living apart from your husband or wife, in different countries, it can be very stressful. Alongside a raft of conditions that you must satisfy to be able to apply for a spouse visa to come to the UK, you will also have to satisfy the income requirements to obtain this form of visa.
Last year, our employment law solicitors in London reported on the scrapping of the Employment Tribunal fees.
During the initial disclosures made by the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd as the Windrush scandal broke, it was asserted that there was nothing to suggest that any members of the Windrush generation had been wrongly removed from the UK. Evidently, things have moved on, and the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has reported provisional figures to the Home Affairs Select Committee suggesting that at least 63 people with the right to be in the UK as part of the Windrush generation may have been wrongly removed from the UK.
With the press full of the wedding of Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle, and news that she will apply for British Citizenship, other couples in transnational relationships must be wondering if there are lessons they can take from the relationship. In particular, whether there is some secret to coming to the UK as a fiancé, with a wedding planned (albeit not a royal wedding!).
The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. Every business with Employees, however small, will be affected – and the penalties for non-compliance with the GDPR are significant. Our team of UK Employment Lawyers has put together a list of 10 things employers need to know about GDPR, along with some action points to help you comply.