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Government uncovering the cover-up culture

Since #MeToo brought non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) into the spotlight in late 2017, there has been a flurry of activity from government committees and regulatory bodies seeking to implement change. The most recent activity is a government response on proposals to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses that was published at the end of last month.
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Government uncovering the cover-up culture

SMCR optimisation and final rules

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), which was introduced in 2016 to increase the accountability of individuals working in the banking sector, will be extended to the wider financial services industry on 9 December 2019. In preparation for this wider remit, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a consultation on its proposed changes to “optimise” the regime. Its final policy statement was published on 26 July 2019.

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SMCR optimisation and final rules

Proposal to make redundancy for expectant and new mothers redundant

A 10-minute Rule Bill was introduced in the House of Commons last month by the Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee to enhance the protections for expectant and new mothers against redundancy. The Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2019 seeks to prohibit redundancy from the point a woman notifies her employer she is pregnant, until six months after the conclusion of her maternity leave.

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Proposal to make redundancy for expectant and new mothers redundant

The gender pay gap – new guidance issued to help organisations close the gap

According to the Office for National Statistics, as at June 2018, the national gender pay gap (GPG) stood at 18.4 per cent as an average across all employees. The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has reported that closing this gap will not be a "quick fix" but that reducing the GPG has become a priority for more companies than ever before. With that in mind, the GEO has published two pieces of guidance to support employers so they can recognise and address their GPG.
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The gender pay gap – new guidance issued to help organisations close the gap

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?

Zero-hours contracts: “flexibility” is not a draw for the majority of workers

A report recently undertaken by three labour market economists has found that 44% of workers on zero-hours contracts would like more working hours. In addition, and in contrast to the "flexibility" argument often put forward in support of the use of zero-hours contracts, only 28% of those surveyed saw flexibility as the basis for entering into one.
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Zero-hours contracts: “flexibility” is not a draw for the majority of workers

Sex discrimination case flushed out of the Tribunal system with a £25,000 settlement

A female council worker has settled her sex discrimination claim for £25,000. She was instructed to go to a different office, ahead of an inspector's visit, to clean the kitchen and the toilets. She was told the toilets "needed a woman's touch" despite the fact that cleaning was not within her job description.
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Sex discrimination case flushed out of the Tribunal system with a £25,000 settlement

Pay gap between younger and older workers

The pay gap between the under-30s and over-30s has risen by more than half in the last 20 years, as younger workers are still enduring the residual effects of the financial crisis.
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Pay gap between younger and older workers

How will Brexit affect EU workers?

As negotiations rumble on, Helena Rozman outlines the current position for EU nationals in the UK.  Read the article here – https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/experts/legal/brexit-affect-eu-workers#

How will Brexit affect EU workers?