UK: New resources

Acas small employers' guide on handling staff pay Acas guides explaining the rights to leave for attending antenatal and adoption appointments and on surrogacy NICE guidance to help employers improve the health and wellbeing of employees Read more

UK: Government announcements – consultation on gender pay gap reporting imminent, tribunal fee review and delay to new tax-free childcare scheme

The Government has committed in legislation to make regulations by March 2016 for mandatory gender pay reporting for larger employers, but the relevant legislation has not yet been commenced. Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, has now confirmed to parliament that she intends "to launch a consultation imminently, with a view to making regulations … Read more

Japan: Focus on helping employees raise their children

The regime under the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children has recently been extended. The Act sets out employers' obligations to formulate an action plan, including specific objectives to be achieved within a limited period, to help their employees raise their children, and to file that action plan with the regional … Read more

US: Supreme Court considers accommodations for pregnant employees

The US Supreme Court has heard oral argument on the question of whether, and in what circumstances, an employer providing work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide comparable work accommodations to pregnant employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work. The Court is expected to rule by mid-summer 2015. Read more

Asia: Comparing employment laws across the region

We asked our lawyers to tell us three need-to-know employment law facts in Singapore, Hong Kong, PRC, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Japan. The results show that while there are some similarities across the region, there are also some very interesting differences. The table can be accessed here. Read more