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Everything you need to know to hire compliantly in the UK

Employer of Record (EoR) in the UK

Employment contracts in the UK

Payroll and benefits in the UK

Leaves and time off in the UK

Employee protection in the UK

End of employment in the UK

Recent developments in the UK

Employment law is always changing, and keeping up with it is a lot of work. Thankfully, our team is always working to stay abreast of the latest changes, so you don’t have to. Here are some of the newest developments in the UK.

Fewer restrictions on flexible work requests (2024)

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 came into force in April 2024, and brought in important changes to employees’ rights to request flexible working arrangements in the UK. Most notably, employees can now request different types of flexible work from their first day of employment. This includes requests for remote work, flexi-time, job shares, and reduced or compressed hours. Under the new rules, employers have two months to respond to a request, and have to consult with the employee in question if they want to reject it.

The right to a predictable work pattern (2024)

Terms and Conditions) Bill (2024) will amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to give workers with atypical contracts the right to request a more predictable work pattern. This bill will impact people such as fixed-term workers, agency workers and those working under zero-hour contracts. These employees will have the right to make up to two requests per year once the new rules come in. There is currently no implementation date for this Bill, but it’s expected to come into force in September 2024.

Increased redundancy protections for pregnant employees and parents (2024)

The Pregnancy and Family Leave Act 2023 came into effect in April 2024. Prior to this change, employers already had to offer employees on maternity leave, adoption leave, or shared parental leave a suitable alternative position if their role was made redundant during their leave. Under the new rules, this right is also extended to employees who are pregnant but have not yet gone on leave, and to employees who have recently returned from maternity leave, adoption leave or shared parental leave.

Additional leave for employees with care responsibilities (2024)

The Carer’s Leave Act (2023) aims to provide better support for employees who are responsible for caring for a long-term dependent. Under the new rules, these employees will have a statutory right to a week’s flexible unpaid leave every year to enable them to meet their caring responsibilities. This legislation came into effect in April 2024 and is expected to impact at least two million employees in the UK.

The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act (2023) introduces new statutory leave provisions for parents of babies who require specialist neonatal care after their birth. Under the new rules, parents will be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave, in addition to any other parental leave that they are already entitled to (such as maternity, paternity or shared parental leave). The Act is expected to come into force in April 2025.

Employer of Record in the UK

Hiring internationally can be both expensive and time-consuming — but it doesn’t have to be. 

By hiring workers in the UK through an Employer of Record (EoR), you can skip the hassle and expense of setting up a legal entity and go straight to growing your business. 

Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about using an EoR in the UK.

Employment contracts in the UK

If you want to hire workers in the UK, you need to make sure your employment contracts are compliant and legally enforceable. Thankfully, we have all the information you need — read our guide for the full lowdown on employment contracts in the UK. We’ll talk about:

Contract terms
Fixed-term contracts and extensions
Regulations around remote work
Working hours and overtime

Payroll and benefits in the UK

Each country has its own laws, rules and customs when it comes to employee compensation. And if you want your expansion to the UK to be a success, you need to know what they look like.

That means not only understanding the minimum wage, statutory benefits and employee rights, but also the norms that shape what your employees expect from their employer.

Read our guide to learn everything you need to know about compensation and benefits in the UK.

Leaves and time off in the UK

From public holidays to parental leave, you need to understand when your employees have the right to paid time off in the UK. Read our full guide to find out everything you need to know.

Employee protections in the UK

Employees in the UK are entitled by law to certain protections — and you need to know about them as an employer. Read our full guide to find out what you can and can’t do as an employer in the UK.

We’ll cover:

Whistleblower protections
Data privacy
Equal treatment for temporary agency workers
Anti-discrimination laws
Pay equity legislation

End of employment in the UK

There are certain things you can and can’t do when an employment comes to an end in the UK. And as an employer, you need to know about them. Read our full guide to find out what happens when you part ways with a worker.

We’ll cover:

Notice periods
Rules around termination
Post-termination restraints
Transfers of undertaking

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