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Rest breaks at work – what are the rules?

In light of recent reports that a claim has been brought by Irish workers against Paddy Power Betfair concerning rest breaks, we take a look at the position in the UK under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
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Rest breaks at work – what are the rules?

In the spotlight: measures to bridge the gender pay gap

Measures aimed at bridging the gender pay gap continue to hit the headlines this month as the UK government announces that it has allocated £500,000 of the Returners Fund to organisations across the country.
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In the spotlight: measures to bridge the gender pay gap

Woman and Equalities Committee report calls for a more proactive approach to dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

The Women and Equalities Committee has published the results of its six-month long inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace. Supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's recommendation that employers should have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect workers from harassment and victimisation, the report found that employers and regulators have not been doing enough to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Woman and Equalities Committee report calls for a more proactive approach to dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

MPs call for smaller companies to report gender pay gap

A recent report by the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) has called for gender pay gap reporting requirements to be extended to smaller companies. BEIS has suggested that all companies with more than 50 employees should have to report their gender pay gap from 2020.
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MPs call for smaller companies to report gender pay gap

GDPR – please keep in touch!

Don't risk missing out on the news, insights and events that Dentons, the world's largest law firm, offers you, including the latest news from our UK Employment Hub.
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GDPR – please keep in touch!

Lawful dress codes… and work appropriate yoga leggings!

The Government Equalities Office's (GEO) guidance on dress codes has finally been released – but does it go far enough to guide employers down a non-discriminatory path?
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Lawful dress codes… and work appropriate yoga leggings!

Shared Parental Leave for self-employed contractors

The Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Extension) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 21 February 2018 by Tracy Brabin MP. If passed, the Bill would extend Shared Parental Leave (SPL) rights to self-employed contractors by allowing them to share maternity allowance (currently available to self-employed mothers instead of statutory maternity pay) in the same way employed parents share SPL pay. The Bill aims to create parity between the traditionally employed and the self-employed in their ability to share SPL with their spouse or partner.
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Shared Parental Leave for self-employed contractors

Ethnic Diversity Targets

Two of Britain's biggest banks (Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland) have publicly declared ethnic diversity targets for senior management roles and the workforce as a whole.
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Ethnic Diversity Targets