Workforce WorldView

Our Labor & Employment Podcast Series

Welcome to the Workforce WorldView Podcast from Squire Patton Boggs. The series in which we discuss the very latest in global Labor, Employment and Business Immigration Law.

The episodes are intended to inform and educate in a convenient format for busy HR professionals around the world.  With speakers from our own Labor & Employment lawyers, we will provide unique global insights into practical and legal HR issues relevant to employers everywhere.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover, please leave us comments or contact us by email directly and we will make arrangements to discuss the issues that affect you. 


Available Episodes

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Episode 1: Planning UK Immigration Changes for 2024

Our UK Business Immigration team are kicking off our Workforce WorldView podcast series with a discussion on the changes to UK visa rules expected to apply from spring 2024, including a significant increase to the salary threshold for skilled worker visas and a revamp of the shortage occupations list. 

With the finer details still to be confirmed, Annabel Mace and May Cheung provide insight and clarity on the impact for UK employers. 

Listen to episode 1 here.

Episode 2: Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) Plans

The Home Office has been phasing in ETA for visitors to the UK since November 2023. This currently only applies to a few nationalities but will eventually apply to anyone who does not usually require a visa to visit the UK, for example, US and EU nationals.

In this episode, May Cheung and Magali Ferreyra discuss the impact of ETAs for businesses and their employees.

Listen to episode 2 here.

Episode 3: Impact of Civil Penalty Increased to £60,000 in the UK

The civil penalty for illegal working in the UK has increased from £20,000 to £60,000 per employee, with the higher amount applying to breaches occurring on or after 13 February 2024. In this episode, Annabel Mace and May Cheung discuss why penalties are issued, how they might be defended or reduced and the broader impact for UK employers.

Listen to episode 3 here.

Episode 4: Certificate of Sponsorship Allocation Requests

A hot topic for UK employers using the Skilled Worker visa route is how to obtain Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocations quickly, so that the visa applications can be submitted ahead of the increase in salary thresholds coming into force from 4 April 2024. In this episode, Annabel Mace and Osheenn Giam discuss practical issues relating to CoS allocation requests and how to expedite them.

Listen to episode 4 here.

Episode 5: Online Right to Work Check Issues

All UK employers are required to carry out pre-employment right to work checks, as discussed in episode 3. Most checks for those with UK visas are now carried out online, which should make the process smoother. Listen to May Cheung and Osheenn Giam discuss some of the issues that crop up when employers use the Home Office’s online right to work checking service.

Listen to episode 5 here.

Episode 6: Pros and Cons of Electronic Visas

Since 2021, many UK work and student visas have been issued electronically instead of as physical biometric residence permits (BRPs). The Home Office is planning to replace all BRPs currently in circulation with electronic visas from 1 January 2025 to coincide with BRP expiry dates at the end of 2024. In this episode, Osheenn Giam and Magali Ferreyra discuss the pros and cons of the electronic visas and the challenges they have seen so far.

Listen to episode 6 here.

Episode 7: Changes of Employment for Sponsored Workers

In this episode, we explore the issues employers should consider when there is a need to move a sponsored worker into a different role (often as a result of career progression or a redundancy exercise). Listen to May Cheung and Osheenn Giam as they discuss the requirements relating to changes of employment and the impact of getting it wrong.

Listen to episode 7 here.