Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: proposed reforms to fitness for work, statutory sick pay and mental health protections

An independent review of mental health at work, commissioned by the Prime Minister, has been published. The Stevenson/Farmer review calls on employers to adopt six mental health core standards covering mental health at work plans, employee awareness and open communication, … Continue reading

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UK: Court of Appeal reinstates burden of proof for discrimination claims

The Court of Appeal has held that the EAT ruling in Efobi v Royal Mail Group (that it is not incumbent on the claimant in a discrimination claim to prove a prima facie case, summarised in our blog post here) … Continue reading

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UK: employers should review sexual harassment policies and staff training

The continuing media focus on sexual harassment claims has highlighted an issue which poses a significant challenge for all employers, to ensure there is clarity over what behaviours are unacceptable and that employees both feel safe to report concerns and … Continue reading

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UK: board diversity report and updated executive search code

The Parker Review Committee has published its final report into the ethnic diversity of UK boards. The final recommendations are substantively the same as those published in a 2016 consultation draft. The final report recommends that there should be at … Continue reading

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UK: Government, investor and media focus on gender pay gap reporting

Large private sector employers are required to publish their gender pay gap data by 4 April 2018.  However, in the last couple of months pressure has been put on employers to publish early, a call endorsed by the Prime Minister … Continue reading

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

APAC: Workplace Harassment

The daily allegations of harassment in the press and social media campaigns highlighting the prevalence of harassment around the world should prompt business leaders and HR teams to ensure that they understand their obligations and review whether their internal processes … Continue reading

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India: Implementation of the rights of persons with Disabilities Act 2016

The passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (the Act) and subsequent notification of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 (the Rules) is intended to bring Indian legislation in line with the United Nations Convention … Continue reading

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UK: New Resources

New presidential guidance has been issued in relation to how employment tribunals should calculate pensions loss and awards for injury to feelings in discrimination cases, available here. There are three bands for injury to feelings, with a usual minimum of … Continue reading

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UK: Pay gap reporting – EHRC recommendations and HSF review of gender pay gap reports published so far

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently published research into gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps, along with a strategy for reducing those gaps, available here. The strategy’s recommendations include Government legislation to make the right to request flexible … Continue reading

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UK: Discrimination – burden of proof ruling highlights need for employers to present positive case

In Efobi v Royal Mail the EAT has ruled that it is not incumbent on the claimant in a discrimination claim to prove a prima facie case: it is for the tribunal at the end of the hearing to consider … Continue reading

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