Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

UK: Court of Appeal confirms broad approach to permissible equal pay comparators and procedural requirements

The Court of Appeal has given two rulings in the long-running equal value claim against Asda, in both cases ruling on preliminary points in favour of the store workers claiming equal pay with distribution depot workers. The claims will now … Continue reading

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UK: revised Code on right to work checks, consultation on national minimum wage rules, age discrimination guide

The Home Office has published a revised Code of Practice on preventing illegal working, which reflects the ability for employers to check certain employees’ right to work records solely by online check from 28 January 2019 (see here). The Government … Continue reading

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

UK: new requirements for payslips for workers from April 2019

The rules regarding payslips are due to change on 6 April 2019. Itemised payslips will have to be given to ‘workers’ as well as employees, and include hours details for the hourly paid. BEIS has published guidance here.

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UK: further gender pay gap reporting guidance but no imminent change to requirements

As the second deadline for reports approaches, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has published a report urging employers to accompany their figures with narrative reports and action plans with concrete, time-bound target-driven activities to reduce the gap. The report highlights … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: Proposed Changes to Laws Impacting Employers

In the 2018 Policy Address on 10 October 2018, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Carrie Lam announced several key proposals in respect of benefits available to employees under Hong Kong law.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update

Authors: Fatim Jumabhoy, Partner, Singapore, Rebecca Lim, Associate, Singapore, Tess Lumsdaine, Senior Associate, Hong Kong Our penultimate e-bulletin of the year, looks at some interesting developments across the region.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Terms of employment contracts, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: Government consults on mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting

The Government has published a consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, making clear its position that this should become mandatory (possibly subject to a trial or phased approach with ‘early adopters’). The consultation is open until 11 January 2019. The consultation … Continue reading

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Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma

Our article Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma is available on our pharma hub here. Technological advancement is key amongst the forces driving change in the pharmaceutical healthcare sectors, with businesses increasingly partnering with non-traditional players such … Continue reading

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Filed under International mobility (including secondments, migrant workers, territorial jurisdiction), Jurisdiction: Asia, Jurisdiction: Australia, Jurisdiction: Cross-border, Jurisdiction: France, Jurisdiction: Germany, Jurisdiction: Spain, Jurisdiction: UK, Protection of business interests (including restrictive covenants and confidential information), Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans)

UK: HMRC update on national minimum wage liabilities following a TUPE transfer

HMRC has issued an update confirming that, with effect from 2 July 2018, where there has been a TUPE transfer of employees, all national minimum wage  liabilities, including the full penalty amount, will now be enforced against the transferee employer, … Continue reading

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UK: parliamentary committee recommends reforms for gender pay gap reporting

On 2 August 2018 the House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published a report on the gender pay gap reporting obligation introduced from April 2017. The report notes that the national median gender pay gap is 18.4%, … Continue reading

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