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Personal injury compensation awarded in the Employment Tribunal

In Grange v. Abellio London Ltd EAT/0304/17 the EAT has held that personal injury compensation is available for a failure to provide rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR).
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Personal injury compensation awarded in the Employment Tribunal

Companies must do more to keep in touch with women on maternity leave

In a recent interview, Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, has said that companies must do more to keep in touch with women when they are on maternity leave.
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Companies must do more to keep in touch with women on maternity leave

EU Settlement Scheme: Possible tax burden where employers pay application fee on behalf of employees

As you are probably already aware, EU nationals who want to remain in the UK post Brexit will need to apply for residence documentation under the EU Settlement Scheme. Application fees of £65 for adults and £32.50 for children (under the age of 16) will be charged, meaning the cost of applying for a family of four will be close to £200.
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EU Settlement Scheme: Possible tax burden where employers pay application fee on behalf of employees

New report reveals unpaid internships remain rife

For young people, eager to get their foot in the door to a successful career, unpaid internships may seem like the only way they can access their dream job. A new report from the Sutton Trust, 'Pay as you go', provides a detailed look at internship pay, quality and access to the graduate job market for the first time.
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New report reveals unpaid internships remain rife

Further inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace

Yesterday was the final day for public submissions to the Women and Equalities Committee's (WEC) inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in harassment and discrimination cases. This new inquiry follows on the heels of the WEC's report on sexual harassment in the workplace, in which it called for the use of NDAs to be "cleaned up" and for the misuse of NDAs in the context of sexual harassment to become an offence. We also commented on this report in our August newsletter.

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Further inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace

UK gender pension gap at almost 40 per cent

Many inches have been written on the UK's gender pay gap in the past year, including on this blog. However, little attention has been given to the gender pension gap. New analysis from the trade union Prospect on UK household incomes suggests the gap between men's and women's pension income is almost 40 per cent (or around £7,000). To give some context, that is more than twice the current gender pay gap, which according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures is now 17.9 per cent for all employees.
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UK gender pension gap at almost 40 per cent

Context is key in claims of harassment

In the recent case of Evans v. Xactly Corporation Limited the EAT considered whether calling an employee a "fat ginger pikey" constituted harassment relating to disability and/or race. In the particular circumstances of this case, the EAT held that it did not.
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Context is key in claims of harassment

Does giving notice amount to an unambiguous act of resignation from employment?

An employee giving notice does not necessarily amount to an unambiguous act of resignation from employment, the Employment Appeal Tribunal found in East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy.
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Does giving notice amount to an unambiguous act of resignation from employment?

Gender pay gap catalysing change for gender diversity amongst executives

Born out of frustration after years of women in the city earning less than their male counterparts, the UK’s gender pay gap reporting regime has provided a sense of optimism amongst executives. Companies have been seriously concerned with the impact on their reputation. With the transparency of published figures, companies risk facing public backlash. With that in mind, many of the larger banks are beginning to pilot new schemes ranging from encouraging women to take on roles that are more male-dominated to attempting to remove gender bias from the recruitment system by anonymised certain information. Several other companies are aiming to pilot similar schemes focusing at the mid-career level for women and if those schemes prove successful to implement them on a larger scale.

Gender pay gap catalysing change for gender diversity amongst executives

New guidance issued on employment references

New guidance from the UK Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) provides employers with a timely reminder in relation to their obligations when providing and obtaining references which is an area in which employers can easily fall foul if they are not careful.
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New guidance issued on employment references