UK: New publications – employment status review, industrial disputes report, and guidance on BYOD, tax-free childcare and surveillance

BIS has launched an employment review intended to “help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of up to a million British workers”. Interim findings are expected by the end of 2014 and recommendations should be made by March 2015. The Carr review into the alleged use of ‘extreme tactics’ in industrial disputes has been published.  Due to the … Read more

UK: Key employment law changes in force 1 October 2014

Employment tribunals now have the power to order an employer who has breached equal pay law to carry out an equal pay audit and publish the audit on its external website for three years. The new power will apply to claims brought on or after 1 October.  Employers will need to factor this into decisions … Read more

UK: New resources – flexible work form, SPL guide, illegal work, disabled employees

The Government has published the following new resources for employers: a standard form for employees to use when making a flexible working application under the amended statutory right to request flexible working that came into force on 30 June 2014 short guidance for employers on the new shared parental leave regime coming into force for babies due from April … Read more

UK: Revised draft regulations fail to simplify shared parental leave regime

In March 2014 draft regulations to implement the new shared parental leave right (due to apply to births from April 2015) were published for consultation.  They were heavily criticised by commentators for their complexity, in particular the numerous notifications that employees must give to exercise their rights. Hopes of a change in approach in response to those views have … Read more