Tag Archives: sex discrimination

UK: Legislative developments – dress codes

The House of Commons Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee have published a joint report calling for more effective remedies against employers who require female staff to wear high heels at work, and for Acas guidance on dress … Continue reading

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UK: Acas/GEO publish draft guidance on gender pay gap reporting

On 28 January 2017 Acas and the Government Equalities Office published draft guidance on the new gender pay gap reporting obligation, available here. Although in draft, we understand from the GEO that this is because it pre-dated the Parliamentary approval … Continue reading

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UK: Breastfeeding at work – employers may need to adjust employee hours

Employers should ensure that employees who are breastfeeding are able to express milk at work sufficiently regularly to avoid medical problems (in accordance with medical advice), in a private, clean environment with the ability to store the milk safely. If … Continue reading

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UK: New publications – ACAS guidance – productivity, terminal illness, dress codes, gender pay gap reports

Acas has issued guidance for line managers to help run effective teams and on dealing with life-threatening conditions at work, and has updated its dress code guidance in light of research showing discrimination against employees with visible tattoos.  It has … Continue reading

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UK: Gender pay gap reporting regulations delayed, first data snapshot likely to be brought forward

The Government Equality Office has confirmed that the final gender pay reporting regulations (discussed here) are unlikely to be brought into force in October this year as originally planned. The hope is that the regulations will be approved this autumn … Continue reading

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Japan: Act to Promote Women in the Workplace in force

As part of the Abe Government's strategy to encourage more women to join the workforce, the Act to Promote Women in the Workplace was passed in August 2015 and came into force on 1 April 2016.

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UK: New resources – apprentices, minimum wages, earnings attachments, sex discrimination

Acas has published a guide to help employers manage and support apprentices and young workers, and a guide to help combat sex discrimination in the workplace. BIS has published guidance on the apprenticeship levy and updated guidance on calculating the … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 in force and Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance 2014 delayed

The Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2014—Ordinance No. 19 of 2014 came into force on 12 December 2014. The amended ordinance can be found here. The amended Ordinance provides that it is unlawful for anyone to sexually harass a woman who … Continue reading

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Australia: Application of the Sex Discrimination Act to workplace participants

A recent Federal Court of Australia decision provides useful guidance on the application of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SD Act) to out-of-hours conduct between ‘workplace participants’ (i.e. persons who share a common ‘workplace’) and the scope of the … Continue reading

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UK: Redundancy selection – use of historical performance data for employee on leave permitted

Employers making redundancies from a selection pool including employees on maternity leave or other prolonged family leave should ensure that identical selection criteria are applied to all employees, or risk discrimination claims. However, given that the employees’ absence may mean … Continue reading

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