2016 Autumn Statement: How Will the Changes Affect Your Business?

On 23 November 2016 the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the reported last Autumn Statement. Whilst there were no major surprises, employers should be aware of the following changes:

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Do Employees Have to Request a Rest Break to Be Entitled to One Under the Working Time Regulations 1998?

No, according to the recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Grange v Abellio London Ltd.  Here the EAT confirmed that there was no need to specifically request a break under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) in order to bring a complaint to a Tribunal that it had been denied.

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Changes to the Immigration Rules

A number of changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on 24 November 2016. They include:

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Employee Contracts – What Do I Need to Include?

In order to comply with Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 certain key information should be contained within a contract of employment:

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Uber Drivers Are Not Self-Employed Contractors and Are Entitled to Workers’ Rights

In accordance with a landmark judgement given by the Employment Tribunal on 28 October 2016 in Aslam and ors v Uber BV and ors, Uber drivers are to be classified as workers and as such, are entitled to basic workers’ rights, including entitlement to the national minimum wage, paid annual leave, and whistleblower protection.

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