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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;...

BREXIT - more about the labourers than the law? Like it or not, we have to think about what employment law changes might occur over the next 2 years if UK voters decide, on 23 June 2016,  to “leave” rather than “remain”, when answering the question:  "Should the UK remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?". However just saying:  “The following laws don’t apply any more” isn’t a practical option. The reasons are that unpicking 40+ years of jointly developed...

Zero Hours, Zero Tolerance? There has been unease for some time over the use by employers of a "zero hours contract". Now, for the first time, employees and workers working under these contracts have some proper redress against employers who try to enforce provisions aimed at prohibiting their zero hour employees or workers from working for other people. The term "zero hours contract" is used to cover various types of flexible or informal working arrangements.  Typically however it refers to a contract where...

As you may have heard, the much anticipated day has arrived. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has given its ruling on whether non-guaranteed overtime must be taken into account for the purposes of calculating holiday pay. Please see our earlier blog – Sun, sea, sand and the ECJ The EAT has decided that overtime which an employer is not contractually obliged to offer but a worker is contractually obliged to perform if requested, must be taken into account when calculating an employee’s...

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...

The government is set to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. Do you have strong views about zero hours contracts?  A lot of people do. The government launched a consultation on their use (or misuse) in December 2013. By the time that consultation closed in March 2014, it had received over a record breaking 36,000 responses. Zero hours contracts are contracts under which an employer does not guarantee to provide any work and only pays the worker for...

At the time of giving my talk, there was a hope that changes would be proposed to TUPE to make it more flexible and commercial, in particular to enable an employer, taking on new employees following a transfer, to harmonise the terms and conditions which pre-2014 changes, was not permitted. Fast forward to 2014 and The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 2013 will come into force on 31st January 2014. But will the changes make a difference? Will...

It was reported on 7 January 2014 that the HR Director of Goodyear was one of 2 executives who were taken hostage in France by a disgruntled workforce, which barricaded them in a room by using a (Goodyear?) tractor tyre. The price of the executives' release was either a promise not to close the workplace, or the payment of substantial financial compensation. Neither that promise nor financial compensation was forthcoming, so the executives remained in situ and were allowed only...

  Many fingers are being crossed in relation to the new employee shareholder rights that are coming in to force on 1 September 2013.  There is also a lot of uncertainty surrounding "who needs to do what" if the new employee shareholder status is going to work - either now, or in a way that it can be relied on when there is a parting of the ways between employees and companies. What is certain, however, is that the Government - which continues...