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Homes for Ukraine Scheme

As part of the government’s response to the invasion of Ukraine, a new scheme is being set up to enable Ukrainians and their immediate family members — who don’t already have links with the UK […]

What employers must know about the Health and Care Worker Visa

From 15 February 2022 the Health and Care Worker Visa (part of the Skilled Worker Visa) will be extended to care workers and home carers for a minimum period of 12 months. As many care […]

Autumn Budget 2021 – Key points for employers at a glance

A lack of revenue-raising measures meant that Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s third budget was decidedly less headline-stealing than usual. In fact, most recently, the March 2021 package saw taxation soar by £65bn – the highest total […]

Government introduces temporary visas to overcome labour crisis

The UK is currently experiencing a worker shortage across many sectors, most notably HGV drivers which has been brought into focus during the recent issues affecting petrol stations and supermarkets. With a series of product […]

Changes to UK immigration rules – what employers must know

Following the recent statement of changes to the UK immigration rules, ESP Law’s immigration specialist solicitor, Charlotte Ashton, sums up the latest, key updates… International Sportsperson Visa A new visa replaces the Tier 2 and […]

Continuation of adjusted right to work checks

During the Covid crisis, employers have been able to carry out adjusted checks on prospective employees to comply with their duty to prevent illegal working. The Home Office has allowed for employers to carry out […]

What hospitality HR hurdles should professionals have on their radar?

With the restrictions on day-to-day ‘lockdown life’ being gradually lifted, the hospitality sector is opening up and finding that there is a significant shortage of workers. Brexit, combined with the displacement of many people through […]

How to handle requests from employees who want to work remotely from other countries

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a seismic shift in the way everyone now works. As employees made the transition from office to home working in March 2020, employers are perhaps receiving more requests from […]

Future employment law changes for HR professionals – what should you know?

You could be forgiven for thinking that, following the turbulent year of 2020 and the effect of the Covid crisis on the government’s legislative plans, 2021 might be a period of relative calm. However, there […]

How to hire a worker who needs a visa

Following the end of the transition period post-Brexit, employers recruiting from outside the UK must ensure the prospective employee holds a valid visa to work in the UK before they start employment. Whilst, in some […]

What to expect from Brexit and the new Points Based Immigration system

The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and, whilst employers have had all their attention on the Coronavirus crisis, there are employment implications as a result of the end of free movement provisions. […]

HR challenges for 2020 and beyond

This year may have been one of the most challenging times for managers on a global scale. While there have been opportunities too, HR teams continue to be tasked with adapting to ever-changing government guidance […]

Changes to Immigration Rules

The Government has announced changes to the Immigration Rules, which came into force on 6th July 2018. Here is an overview of the key changes. Tier 1: Exceptional talent: Endorsement of arts applicants will include those who […]

Sponsor Management Series – Compliance as a Sponsor of Migrant Workers

In the second edition of the series on migrant worker sponsor management, we look at some of the obligations sponsors must adhere to. Introduction Having a sponsor licence comes with a number of ongoing obligations imposed […]

Sponsor Management Series – Becoming a Tier 2 Sponsor

In the first edition of the Sponsor Management Series we look at how to become a Tier 2 sponsor. Introduction The Tier 2 visa is the most frequently used immigration route into the UK for […]