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Sep
01
2017

Government proposes new requirements for companies to reveal pay ratio between managers and employees

The government has announced a series of reforms aimed at increasing boardroom accountability and enhancing trust in business. These are a partial implementation of pledges in the Conservative manifesto for the May 2017 general election, which itself was much less alarming to businesses than Theresa May’s July 2016 Conservative party leadership campaign pledge to have employees represented on company boards....

Sep
01
2017

Asda Equal Value claims - the latest

Last October, we reported the Employment Tribunal decision that 7,000 predominantly female in-store Asda employees, who do work such as shelf-stacking and checkout roles, have common terms of employment with predominantly male warehouse-based employees, despite the different places of work and different job descriptions for the roles in question....

Sep
01
2017

ACAS guidance published on supporting trans employees in the workplace

Following a summer filled with Pride events up and down the country, ACAS has also shown its support for the LGBT+ Community through the release of their new research paper, ‘Supporting trans employees in the workplace’....

Sep
01
2017

Tribunal fees: Do you need to prepare for a deluge of claims and what happens next?

It has been a tumultuous few years for the Conservative party and the recent Supreme Court ruling has added to the party’s list of woes. The government will now have to repay £32m to parties following the Court’s unanimous decision that the tribunal fee regime was unlawful....

Aug
25
2017

“The Battle of the Sexes” – bridging the Gender Pay Gap

The continued debate over gender inequality in the workplace is one that does not seem to be going away. The introduction of mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting for employers with 250 or more employees has undoubtedly increased transparency within this area, however it remains to be seen what can be done to tackle the divide head on....

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce worries in landmark Brexit survey

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

Aug
18
2017

TalkTalk fined by ICO for subcontractor’s abuse of personal data

Following complaints from customers of scammers calling with personal details such as account numbers, TalkTalk’s investigators found that 3 employees at their subcontractor, ...

Aug
18
2017

Would following in Norway’s footsteps help address the UK’s gender pay gap?

In Norway, details of individuals’ net income, net assets and amount of tax paid are all accessible to the general public. An individual may simply use their national ID ...

Aug
18
2017

Passport to Supreme Court for Pimlico Plumbers

Last week in Gascoigne v Addison Lee an Employment Tribunal decided that a cycle courier was a worker and not self-employed. Following the pattern emerging from other similar cases,...

Aug
18
2017

Claimants no longer need to “shift the burden of proof” in discrimination claims

Section 136 of the Equality Act 2010 is headed “the burden of proof”. It has long been considered that in discrimination cases the claimant has to show a ‘prime facie’...

Aug
11
2017

Tribunal Fees: Resurrecting rejected claims?

The Supreme Court decision on 26 July 2017 that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful was expected to have wide-ranging repercussions ...

Aug
04
2017

Voluntary overtime included in holiday pay...

In Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others the EAT has ruled that payments for voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations....

Aug
04
2017

Does the duty to collectively consult employees regarding redundancies apply to employees based outside the UK?

The EAT has determined in Seahorse Maritime v Nautilus International that the duty to collectively consult in a redundancy situation can extend to employees working outside of the UK, but cautioned each case will depend on its own facts. ...

Aug
04
2017

Good Work?

The Taylor Review: proposals and potential impact on businesses and those that work for them...

Aug
04
2017

Recruitment Manager prosecuted for sharing job applicants CVs

A recruitment manager has been prosecuted in a magistrates’ court for forwarding CVs to a third-party employment agency in breach of the Data Protection Act....

Aug
04
2017

What does a “week’s pay” include for the purposes of calculating tribunal awards?

In University of Sunderland v Drossou, the EAT concluded (departing from previous authorities) that the figure for a “week’s pay” when calculating tribunal awards should include employer pension contributions. ...

Jul
28
2017

Gender pay gap: perceptions v reality

A recent survey by salary benchmarking site emolument.com revealed that many men were unaware of a gender pay gap existing in their sector....

Jul
28
2017

Supreme Court finds Tribunal fees to be unlawful: What will happen now?

This week the Supreme Court handed down what has been described as “the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years” in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor. The Court found that the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (the “Order”) prevents access to justice and is unlawful....

Jul
28
2017

Not so happy returns! ECJ decide Italian firms can dismiss zero-hour contract workers on their 25th birthday.

Italian law allows firms to offer ‘on call’ contracts (referred to as zero hour contracts in the UK) to individuals aged under 25 and over 45, those between 25 and 45 can only receive these contracts in limited circumstances....

Jul
24
2017

Potential increase to damages bands for injury to feelings

In discrimination claims (and in some other claims such as those for detrimental treatment following a protected disclosure), claimants...

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