The government website on which employers are to report their gender pay gap data has now been made available, here. Employers need to register and activate an account to use the site and will need to request a PIN, which the … Continue reading
A revised, final version of the non-statutory guidance by Acas and the Government Equalities Office was published on 3 April 2017, available here. Although the GEO had indicated that no substantive changes were expected to the original draft published a few days … Continue reading
The DWP has launched an employer "See Potential" toolkit to help employers retain and recruit workers from disadvantaged groups, including single parents, recovering addicts and care providers. Acas has updated its guidance on employment status. To coincide with ONS data … Continue reading
UK: Legislation – consultations on caste discrimination, electronic balloting and reforming the tribunal system
On 28 March the Government Equality Office published its long-awaited consultation on caste discrimination, announced back in September 2016. The consultation will run until 18 July 2017 and seeks views on whether preventing caste discrimination is best done by legislation … Continue reading
UK: April 2017 changes – apprenticeship levy, tribunal compensation limits, national minimum wage, statutory benefits and immigration skills charge
From 6 April 2017 UK employers with an annual pay bill of or over £3 million will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy at a rate equivalent to 0.5% of their payroll costs, subject to an offset allowance of … Continue reading
UK: Termination – for contractual claims, notice of termination takes effect on actual personal receipt (in absence of express provision)
Employers wanting certainty as to the date of termination for contractual purposes should ensure that the employment contract specifies when notice is deemed to be given or, if it does not, that they hand over notice in person to the … Continue reading
Employers should ensure that agreements providing employees with loans to pay for season tickets, equipment, training courses etc clearly state when the loan will be repayable. Where the loan is to be waived if the employee remains employed for a … Continue reading
Employers should ensure they investigate any evidence that a long-term sick employee may soon be able to return to work before deciding to dismiss, even if that evidence is questionable and produced only at a late stage.
The European Court of Justice has finally handed down its judgment in two cases involving employees dismissed for wearing an Islamic headscarf at work, Achbita and Bougnaiou. The Advocate-General opinions in the cases took very different approaches as to whether … Continue reading
UK: The Marathon decision – is it right that employees can unlawfully remove confidential documents and not pay damages?
The High Court has recently considered the approach to assessing "licence fee damages" in a claim against two former employees of Marathon Asset Management, James Seddon and Luke Bridgeman, who breached their duties of confidence by unlawfully removing approximately 40,000 … Continue reading