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Malaysia: Proposed changes to the Industrial Relations Act 1967

Malaysia’s Ministry of Human Resources has recently proposed amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 (“IRA”) which, if introduced, would result in, amongst others, significant changes to the dispute resolution regime for employment claims in Malaysia.

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Hong Kong: Proposed changes to discrimination laws

On 30 November 2018, legislation was gazetted which proposes various amendments to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance. The proposed amendments reflect eight of the recommendations from the Equal Opportunities … Continue reading

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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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UK: no new caste law

The Government Equalities Office has published its response to a consultation on how best to address caste discrimination in Britain, concluding that this is best dealt with by case law and that it will remove the Equality Act obligation to … 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: 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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UK: Legislation – Employment law reform proposals during the Summer 2017 General Election

The main parties' manifestos for the general election all contained numerous proposed employment law reforms, the Conservatives promising "the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history" while Labour included a 20 point "plan for security and equality … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Termination of employment, UK, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Indirect discrimination – Supreme Court ruling makes it easier for claimants to establish prima facie indirect discrimination

Employers should review whether their policies and practices could be disadvantaging employees with a particular protected characteristic. The Supreme Court has ruled that statistics showing a disparate impact may be enough to get an indirect discrimination claim off the ground; … Continue reading

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UK: Legislation – consultations on caste discrimination, electronic balloting and reforming the tribunal system

On 28 March the Government Equality Office published its long-awaited consultation on caste discrimination, announced back in September 2016. The consultation will run until 18 July 2017 and seeks views on whether preventing caste discrimination is best done by legislation … Continue reading

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