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Employment in United Kingdom

UK employment law may appear complex and confusing. However,  in some ways , there are many similarities to other countries. The following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in the UK.

Employee Entitlements

Information Explanation
Working on Sundays ?

Sunday working – for those working in shops as well as betting workers, protection and option to opt-out of work during Sundays.

Disclosure and Confidentiality of Personal Information ?

Protected disclosures – disclosure of information in relation to legal obligations, health and safety etc. Protection from suffering detriment in employment – An employee has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, by his employer on various grounds.

Employee Protection and Anti-discrimination Rights ?

Protection of wages – workers have the right not to suffer unauthorised deductions and the right not to have to make payments to the employer.

Time Off Work ?

Almost all employees have a statutory right (conditions apply) to take paid time off work for the following:

  • To carry out duties as a trade union official
  • To carry out duties as a trade union health and safety representative
  • To look for work if faced with redundancy
  • To receive ante-natal care
  • To have a baby, take paternity leave, take adoption leave, take shared parental leave or to ask for flexible working hours
Medical Leave ?

Sickness – workers who qualify may be able to get Statutory Sick Pay.

Employment Termination

Information Explanation
Severance / Redundancy Pay ?

Suspension from work on medical grounds – Right to remuneration on suspension on medical grounds (if employed for at least a month) and the right to offer of alternative work if suspended on maternity grounds.

Termination of Employment ?

Termination of employment – notice is required to be given by an employer to terminate the contract of employment of a person who has been continuously employed for one month or more (conditions apply dependant on length of service).

Outsourcing Employment Through a GEO Employer of Record Service

Compliance with local employment requirements is just one of the issues foreign companies face when employing staff in the UK. For companies which intend to employ their staff directly through their incorporated UK entity, professional legal advice is recommended. Shield GEO provides an alternative path for companies to outsource the employment of their staff in the UK.

As a Global Employer Organization (GEO), Shield GEO acts as the Employer of Record and ensures the employment is compliant with host country regulations regarding employment. In addition Shield GEO will handle payroll processing, tax and immigration. Using Shield GEO is the fastest and most cost effective way to deploy local and foreign workers into the UK.

The Shield GEO solution is an attractive alternative where

– the company is looking to employ staff quickly

– the company doesn’t have an appropriately incorporated entity in the UK

– the company wants to work within a defined budget

– the company wants to limit its initial commitment in the UK

– the company needs help with tax, employment, immigration and payroll compliance in the UK

Shield GEO can contract directly with the company to employ and payroll their staff in the UK. Shield GEO supplies local employment contracts for the staff which ensure that local statutory requirements are met covering issues such as termination, probation periods, leave entitlements and statutory benefits.  Shield GEO is able to advise companies how to cover local employment regulations whilst still providing consistent global employment policies. Understand more about outsourced employment through Shield GEO.

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