Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: Diversity Developments – presentation of pay gap data, proposals on parental leave and dress code guidance

The Government Equalities Office has published the findings of a commissioned study (here) concluding that the clearest and most accessible way of presenting gender pay gap figures is to display them visually as coins or as the amount which women … 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), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

Australia: What employers need to know about upcoming changes to long service leave in Victoria

Victoria introduces new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Act) In our previous post here, we discussed the proposed changes to existing long service leave entitlements for Victorian employees. Since then, minor amendments to the Bill were introduced and on 8 … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Australia, Terms of employment contracts, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: no direct discrimination in failure to enhance shared parental leave pay to match maternity pay; indirect discrimination claim to be reheard

Many employers who enhance maternity pay have chosen not to mirror this for shared parental leave, pending clarity as to whether this could be direct or indirect sex discrimination. The EAT has now given its first rulings on the issue. … Continue reading

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UK: consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay

The Government is supporting a private member’s bill which, subject to Parliamentary approval, will require the Secretary of State to introduce regulations creating a legal requirement for all employers to grant a period of a minimum of 2 weeks of … Continue reading

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UK: April 2018 changes to statutory benefits, tribunal compensation, minimum wage

From 6 April 2018, the cap on the unfair dismissal compensatory award increases from £80,541 to £83,682 and the cap on weekly pay (used to calculate the unfair dismissal basic award and statutory redundancy pay) increases from £489 to £508. This gives … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Termination of employment, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

Singapore: Amendments to the Singapore Employment Act

Following a public consultation on the review of the Singapore Employment Act (the “EA”), the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) announced on 5 March 2018 that amendments to the EA will be implemented effective 1 April 2019.

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Filed under Business sales/transfers, Employment-related claims- procedure and form, Jurisdiction: Asia, Termination of employment, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: pregnancy discrimination update

The ECJ has confirmed that there is no EU law requirement to give priority to a pregnant worker in the context of collective redundancies.  The prohibition on dismissing workers whilst pregnant or on maternity leave does not apply where there are … Continue reading

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UK: Government responds to Taylor Review with ‘Good Work plan’

The government has this morning issued a press release announcing its response to the independent Taylor Review published last year (see our summary here). The government has given a general commitment to pursue quality of work in addition to number … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Jurisdiction: UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights

UK: ECJ ruling on breastfeeding risk assessments, Acas pregnancy/maternity guidance, and bereavement leave bill

In the Spanish case Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saude, the ECJ has ruled that it is insufficient for an employer to carry out only a general risk assessment where a breastfeeding worker’s role poses a potential risk to the … Continue reading

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Filed under Jurisdiction: UK, Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights, Workplace Health and Safety

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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