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UK: Taylor Review Published

The Taylor Review, which considered the implications of new forms of work, and in particular those utilized by app based employers such as Uber and Deliveroo, on workers’ rights and responsibilities and on employers’ freedoms and obligations, has now been published.

UK: Jurisdiction: Court considers the territorial scope of UK collective redundancy consultation rights

In an important decision for off-shore sectors such as oil and gas, marine and aviation, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered for the first time the application of the jurisdiction rules to an employer’s obligation to inform and consult with employees when proposing to dismiss 20 or more employees as redundant at an establishment within a 90 day period.

UK: Whistleblowing: Court gives guidance on the factors to take into account in assessing whether a whistleblower’s disclosure meets the ‘public interest’ requirement.

The Court of Appeal considered whether a whistleblower’s disclosure met the ‘public interest’ requirement and concluded that the employee had a reasonable belief that his disclosures about his employer’s manipulation of profit and loss accounts were made in the public interest, despite his personal motivation in doing so.

UAE: Summary of recent Legislative Amendments

1) The UAE has had a system of classification in place since 2010 which classifies companies into three categories according to certain criteria, designed to incentivise employers to adhere to existing Emiratisation requirements. The system of classifications was initially introduced by Cabinet Resolution No. 26 of 2010 (2010 Resolution). Resolution No. 11 of 2017 (2017 Resolution) seeks to amend certain provisions of the 2010 Resolution, primarily amending the provisions pertaining to the payment of bank guarantees. 2) Cabinet Resolution No. 15 of 2017 (2017 Resolution) seeks to amend the fees and fines payable to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the Ministry) and ultimately repeal the previous fees and fines published pursuant to Cabinet Resolution No. 40 of 2014 (2014 Resolution). 3) The new resolution removes certain immigration services.

Sweden: A salesperson in breach of a non-competition clause was imposed interim security measures to cease a contractual breach

The Swedish Labour Court found that a salesperson in breach of a non-competition clause should be subject to interim security measures in order to uphold his contractual obligation. The Court ruled that the salesperson would be liable to pay a penalty of SEK 500,000 for any further breaches of the non-competition clause.