Equal Pay

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Gender Pay Reporting: the Final Regulations

At long last we have the final Gender Pay Reporting Regulations, due to be implemented by 6 th April 2017. The final Regulations are significantly different from the original draft proposals. Many organisations will have begun analysing their gender pay...

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...

NHS consultant awarded £4.5 million for sex and race discrimination

Headlines in the press were dominated at the end of 2011 with the decision of an Employment Tribunal to award a consultant £4.5 million in relation her successful claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and race discrimination against her...

New Year, New Problems

New year, new problems.. 2010 saw key developments in case law which Ozlem Kulle and Helen Besch outline in their articles. This article highlights key cases that are likely to be decided in 2011. Age discrimination The ECJ is considering in the German...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...

What employers really need to know about the Equality Act 2010

Dear Aunty I know that the Equality Act came into force last week, but I have not been able to keep up to speed with the changes it introduced. Please can you summarise the ones most likely to be relevant to HR? Thanks Harry Harman     ...

Top tips for dealing with discrimination claims

Companies frequently make some fairly basic mistakes when defending discrimination claims.  If you are an HR manager and you have just received notice that one of your ex-employees has decided to pursue a claim for discrimination against the Company,...

Facing up to facebook - the perils of social networking sites in the work-place

Over the past few yeas, employers have faced increasing problems arising out of the use of social networking sites and blogs in the work-place.  As a consequence, some employers have banned all use of such sites at work but this can be seen as an over...

Women and minorities only please - it's all positive stuff!

Dear Auntie,   I’m concerned about a recent decision taken by our company’s board of directors and would be grateful for your views.  It all started with the media attention around under-representation of women and minorities in...

Employment law under the new coalition government- Top Tips on what employers can expect

Information is now emerging on the changes employers can expect under the Conservative - Liberal Government. ‘The Coalition: Our Programme for Government’ was published on 20 May 2010 and outlines the following principal commitments on employment...

The Equality Act 2010 - Implications for Employers

The Equality Act received royal assent on 8 April 2010 and, according to the current Government timetable, the majority of the Act’s provisions should come into force in October 2010. The Act’s purpose is to harmonise existing discrimination...

Top Tips for Dealing with Employment Tribunal Disclosure

These top tips follow on from the guidance in this month’s Aunty Advice which details the nature of an employer’s obligation to disclose relevant documents as part of the employment tribunal litigation process. Top tips for dealing with...

Auntie Advises on Employment Tribunal Disclosure Obligations

Dear Auntie, We have just returned from a Case Management Discussion and the Employment Tribunal has ordered that disclosure be carried out over the next month.  We have a number of internal documents about the litigation which we would rather not...

Fighting for rights: new guidance on workplace harassment and violence

Workplace stress levels are possibly higher than ever in the current economic climate. Employees are concerned about possible redundancies, pay cuts, and having to work increasingly hard because of pressure from management.  It is at times like this...

'Q' is for Questionnaires

When an employee fears that he may have been discriminated against by his employer, proving this can be an extremely daunting prospect: realistically, what employer will readily admit to discrimination when challenged?.  The employee will have to decide...

Should loyalty pay? Auntie advises on salary structures and length of service

I work in HR for a large fashion retailer and have been put in charge of an equal pay audit of our pay structure. Mostly, I’m happy with the results of my review but I’m worried about the connection between length of service and the pay bands we...

E is for Equal Pay

The equal pay claim is one of the least understood sex discrimination claims, but is becoming increasingly common. DTI statistics show a gender pay gap of 18% for full-time workers and 40% for part-time workers.  Organisations, particularly in the City,...

First among equals - the rise of the least understood Tribunal claim

Thirty years after the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act and sex discrimination at work is as controversial a topic as ever.  The beginning of 2006 saw a flurry of press comment concerning the treatment of men and women in the workplace,...

Massive increase in gender pay gap

According to a recent IOD/Croner Award survey carried out between July and August this year, the average pay gap between men and women has increased substantially for the first time in four years. Female directors earned an average of £55,000 per...

Victimisation - Villalba takes Merrill Lynch to the EAT

A few weeks ago, Stephanie Villalba’s lawyers submitted a detailed appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a number of grounds. Although Ms Villalba was successful in her unfair dismissal claim and a discrete aspect of her victimisation claim, the...

Villalba v Merrill Lynch - Lessons to be Learned?

Many companies will have heaved a collective sigh of relief at the news just before Christmas that Stephanie Villalba, the former Merrill Lynch executive had lost her sex discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal. Whilst Ms Villalba won her claim for...

Equal Pay - Top tips on breaking the glass ceiling

Discrimination cases make press headlines. Over recent years organisations have grappled with “topical” discrimination issues such as “glass ceilings” to promotion and, more recently, flexible working. But you should be careful not to...