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  At last - something that's NOT about Brexit:  the Gender Pay Gap Regulations It's time to stop ignoring what private sector organisations with 250 or more staff must do after the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 come into force on 6th April 2017. Although the fact of a gender pay gap may not be rocket science, what's interesting is that the gender pay gap isn't a one-way gap.  Apparently it falls to about 9% for full time employees;...

Varying a contract of employment should be one of the simplest tasks.  Apparently it isn't.  It seems that there's no limit to the number of ways to get it wrong. Hot on the heels of my last comment on this topic in Wess v. Science Museum Group - where the employer got it right - are three more cases that focus on the same topic, but where employers seem to have ignored their basic contract law and public sector employers have wasted...

For those of you who like to know such things, these are the new rates for the main statutory payments and for the new capped amounts for compensation from 6th April 2015 onwards. The exception - one wonders why, but let's thank the Government anyway for this extra layer of complexity - is that the SMP, SAP and ShPP rates apply from 5th April 2015 (i.e. one day earlier). SMP/SAP/ShPP: up to £139.58 (from £138.18) per week. MA: up to £139.58 (from £138.18) per...

.. made for a fair dismissal in the case of Game Retail Ltd v Laws - although it was the content and context of Mr Laws’ tweets that were the problem, not their number. This was one of them: ‘This week I have mainly been driving to towns the arse end of nowhere… shut roads and twats in caravans = road rage and loads of fags smoked’. "Not so bad", you might say.  "I've heard worse on daytime TV", you might also say. And...

Finally we have (almost) official confirmation that the 20+ trigger for collective redundancies isn't relevant until the number of redundancies at individual sites each meets that threshold. But as the Ghost of Woolworths exits stage left (no doubt muttering "Collective redundancies - to consult, or not to consult: that is the question") - is the farce over? Possibly not...

Re-Use Collections Limited (Re-Use) v Mr Keith Sendall (1) and May Glass Recycling Limited (May Glass) (2) deals with some important issues that employers need to know about: What can be considered specific consideration (i.e. "value given by the employer") for the purposes of accepting new terms and conditions? Whether an employer can enforce restrictive covenants against a former employee where there has been no specific consideration given? Re-Use is a glass recycling business and had originally been a family run business (set...

There is growing pressure from many quarters to introduce a living wage. All of the main parties at their recent conferences made promises aimed at improving the financial position of those on the national minimum wage ("NMW"). In line with Vince Cable's speech to the Liberal Democrats, BIS has already announced that the government is to propose to the Low Pay Commission that there should be a single NMW rate for apprentices and 16-17 year olds, with the apprenticeship rate rising...