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Will there be gender pay reporting from 2016?

The Government has just issued its Consultation paper “Closing the Gender Pay Gap”, in which it outlines plans to implement Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. This provision has lain dormant for 5 years. The new provisions will require...

Women on Boards - where are we now?

How many female CEO’s of FTSE companies can you name? Currently there are just three in the FTSE 100: Alison Cooper of Imperial Tobacco; Carolyn McCall of easyJet and Angela Ahrendts of Burberry. The Coalition has favoured the voluntary action of...

The new Tribunal Regime - time for a new era?

This year has seen a number of changes to employment law already and there is still more to come.  We are expecting the new costs regime that will apply to Tribunal claims and the new Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure to come into force in the...

Auntie considers whether obesity falls within the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010

Dear Auntie, I am an HR manager and we have an employee who can be medically described as obese. This employee has a poor sickness record and has been absent from work due to various conditions including asthma, depression, a bad back and chronic fatigue...

Why have an anti-bullying and harassment policy?

Bullying and harassment at work give rise to a number of legal issues for employers. If employers do not take adequate steps to ensure that the work-place is free from bullying and harassment, in addition to the impact of low employee morale on efficiency/...

Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") says post-employment victimisation is not unlawful

In a judgment handed down on 5 March 2013, the EAT held in the case of Rowstock Ltd v Jessemey that the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”) does not provide protection against post-employment victimisation. The judgment surprised many practitioners who had...

Out with the old: Can we retire an underperforming older worker?

Dear Auntie I am the HR manager of a company specialising in IT support. In 2011 we scrapped our company retirement age of 65 because we do not think we would be able justify having one. Since then a number of our employees have continued working past the...

Pregnancy and Redundancy: What should you be expecting?

One of the trickiest areas of employment law can be going through a redundancy process where some of the affected employees are pregnant or on maternity leave.  This is a complex area of law, and it can be very difficult to navigate if the employer is...

FW successfully acts in Euro 12.5m claim in Supreme Court

Court delivers comprehensive victory for Raphael Geys in his claim against his employer Société Générale The Supreme Court today delivered its Judgment in the claim of Raphael Geys against his former employer,...

Is the Government really serious about cutting red tape for employers?

As you may be aware, the Government has recently closed a consultation on removing red tape in employment law.  The consultation concerned provisions in the Equality Act 2010 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and is part of the...
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