Jurisdiction: UK

UK: FCA/PRA publish whistleblowing rules for UK branches

The FCA and PRA have recently published new rules on whistleblowing procedures for UK branches which will apply from 7 September 2017. In October 2015 the FCA and PRA introduced new rules requiring relevant deposit-takers and firms to introduce internal … Continue reading

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UK: Gender pay gap reporting – government website for reporting data now available

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

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Gender pay gap reporting – revised final Acas/GEO Guidance published

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

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: New Resources

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

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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

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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

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Filed under International mobility (including secondments, migrant workers, territorial jurisdiction), Jurisdiction: UK, Termination of employment, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

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

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UK: Workplace loans – employers should make repayment terms clear and comprehensive

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

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Termination of employment, Terms of employment contracts

UK: Dismissal for long-term sickness – new medical evidence at internal appeal

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.

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UK: ECJ rules dress code requiring neutral appearance may be lawful

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

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