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The Good Work Plan delivers some good news for work-seekers

The latest statutory instrument coming out of the Good Work Plan, The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019 has been laid before Parliament. This is the government's attempt to address the recommendation from the Taylor Review that information available to workers should be more transparent, particularly when it comes to pay.
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The Good Work Plan delivers some good news for work-seekers

Office romances: is love in the air in your workplace this Valentine’s Day?

An employer faced with an office romance has a difficult balancing act to carry out between respecting the employees’ private lives and protecting its own business interests. So what steps can an employer take to help strike this balance?
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Office romances: is love in the air in your workplace this Valentine’s Day?

Are employers doing enough to support employees who have caring responsibilities?

According to a report published on 5 February 2019 by Carers UK, we may still have some way to go to help support those who are trying to juggle work whilst also caring for their older and disabled relatives.
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Are employers doing enough to support employees who have caring responsibilities?

Equal pay claims “check-out” at Court of Appeal stage

The claimants in the long-running equal pay saga against supermarket household name Asda secured another positive step forward with the Court of Appeal (CoA) finding last week. The CoA decided that predominantly female supermarket employees (checkout staff and other customer-facing roles) can compare themselves to higher-paid predominantly male employees at distribution sites for the purposes of an equal pay claim (Asda Stores Ltd v. Brierley and others).
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Equal pay claims “check-out” at Court of Appeal stage

New Acas age discrimination guidance

Acas has published new guidance on age discrimination at work, which can be found here. According to Acas, age discrimination is one of the most common forms of unfair treatment at work. Both younger and older employees across the UK experience discrimination based on their age. The guidance aims to support employers in preventing unfair treatment at work and eradicating bias against older and younger workers.
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New Acas age discrimination guidance

Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

In the recent case of Lamb v. The Garrard Academy the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered at what point employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).
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Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Returning to work after maternity can be a daunting prospect for new mums, and it is important for them to feel that they will be valued and supported upon their return. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many women. With Brexit fast approaching, Theresa May is said to be "determined to do even more as we leave the EU", including by building on the current EU requirements on maternity and paternity leave protection.
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Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Response

On 17 January 2019 the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee published a Government response to its report on gender pay gap reporting.
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Gender Pay Gap Reporting Response

Shortage Occupation List 2019: Regional Roundtable Meetings to be announced

In November 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) issued a 'call for evidence', encouraging stakeholders to submit evidence in relation to any job titles or occupations in their associated sector/industry which they believed to be in shortage and, therefore, should be included on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
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Shortage Occupation List 2019: Regional Roundtable Meetings to be announced

EU Settlement Scheme – latest developments

The EU Settlement Scheme is currently accepting applications via a public test phase, available to EU nationals as well as non-EU national family members of EU nationals. This is the third phase of testing; with the first two phases being restricted to certain people working in higher education and health and social care.
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EU Settlement Scheme – latest developments