UK legislation update: Government supports various Private Members’ Bills; national minimum wage increase from April 2023

The Government recently announced its support in second readings of a number of Private Members’ Bills proposing reforms originally slated for the elusive Employment Bill.  Most provide for the detail of the changes to be made by regulation and are therefore light on detail, but they do increase the likelihood of proposals actually coming into … Read more

Global Employment Risk: An interactive guide

Since the onset of the pandemic, our global employment team has been monitoring the level and changing nature of risks around the world.  Whilst some trends have accelerated i.e. whistleblowing regulations, there are some new and important developments that pose significant employment risks. We have mapped these across the major financial centers using an interactive … Read more

Australia: Super is changing on 1 July 2022 – are you ready?

There are a raft of changes to superannuation laws that are taking effect from 1 July 2022, some of which will impact how employers make superannuation contributions on behalf of their employees. Whilst the changes themselves are relatively simple, implementing them could be considerably more complex. It’s worth taking a look at your current arrangements … Read more

Australia: Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision

On 15 June 2022, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down the Annual Wage Review 2021–22 decision awarding a 5.2% increase to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). This results in an increase of $40 per week, bringing the NMW to $812.60 per week or $21.38 per hour. Read more

UK: tribunal orders bank to carry out and publish equal pay audit within 6 months, notwithstanding existing equal pay review process

The employment tribunal in Macken v BNP Paribas has recently given its remedy judgment in relation to successful claims of sex discrimination and equal pay brought by a female banker, following a two year covid-related delay to the remedy hearing.  A substantial compensation award was made, including aggravated damages in part due to the lack … Read more

Australia: Top 10 Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety trends – 2021

2021 has been another turbulent year in the employment, industrial relations and safety space in Australia. We’re proud to have worked with our clients on some of their most challenging people issues including the development of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, and underpayments. As we move into 2022 … Read more

UK: Government announcements on flexible work requests, carer’s leave and tips

Last week the Government published three consultation documents concerning proposed employment law reforms: a new consultation on changes to flexible work requests, and two consultation responses confirming the introduction of carer’s unpaid leave and rules on tips, both to be introduced “when parliamentary time allows”.  Employers should be aware that these changes are on the … Read more

UK: Supreme Court rules that equal pay comparators can be at a different establishment where their terms are not dependent on location

Equal pay claimants can choose as comparators colleagues working at one of their employer’s establishments in a different location provided they are on “common terms”; the Supreme Court has now confirmed that the purpose of this test is only to exclude colleagues whose terms are different for geographical (or possibly historical) reasons.  The ruling also … Read more