Employment law reforms

China: Labour authorities tighten enforcement activities

The Chinese government recently issued three sets of measures to strengthen labour law enforcement in China. These measures are aimed at cracking down on material violations of labour laws and regulations and improving compliance by employers. Companies need to pay … Continue reading

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UK: Consultation on reform to employment tribunals

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Ministry of Justice have jointly launched a consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system, seeking views on how proposals for reform of the wider court and tribunal system should be … Continue reading

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UK: Final form regulations on gender pay gap reporting

The Government has published its long-awaited final form draft regulations on gender pay gap reporting. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the new requirements are due to apply to private sector employers with 250 or more employees from 6 April 2017.   A … Continue reading

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UK: Government announcements – workers’ rights post Brexit, employee representation on boards, employment of foreign workers, and review of modern employment practices

At the Conservative Party conference, Theresa May announced plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which gives direct effect to EU law in the UK, and to transpose all existing EU laws into domestic legislation. She also promised that … Continue reading

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UK: Call for greater protection against pregnancy discrimination

The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report recommending a substantial reduction in the fee for women taking pregnancy-related discrimination cases to an employment tribunal, doubling the limitation period for claims to six months, protection from redundancy until six … Continue reading

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UK: Consultation on caste discrimination announced

The government has announced that there will be a public consultation lasting twelve weeks on 'the issue of caste and the Equality Act 2010', and in particular whether additional protection is needed.

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UK: Consultation on changes to taxation of salary sacrifice

HMRC is consulting until 19 October 2016 on restricting the use of salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind with effect from April 2017. As previously announced, employer pension contributions, employer-provided pension advice, employer-supported childcare, provision of workplace nurseries, … Continue reading

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UK: Consultation on draft legislation reforming taxation of termination payments

HMRC has published its response to its 2015 consultation on simplifying the taxation of termination payments, together with draft legislation for further consultation until 5 October 2016. The consultation confirms the following changes will be made from April 2018: All … Continue reading

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UK: Immigration Act introduces new offence from 12 July 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 has also recently been enacted. With effect from 12 July 2016, there will be a new offence of working in the UK illegally and the current criminal offence of knowingly hiring an illegal worker will be extended to … Continue reading

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UK: Brexit – practical steps for employers now

Following the Leave vote last week, employers are faced with a period of considerable uncertainty. The leaving process is put in train by giving a notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, and this currently seems … Continue reading

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