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Draft IR35 legislation published along with HMRC’s response to the consultation earlier this year

HMRC has published draft IR35 regulations (to come into effect on 6 April 2020) and a summary of the responses received during the consultation process. With the draft legislation and consultation response paper, HMRC has provided additional information on how the extension will operate.
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Draft IR35 legislation published along with HMRC’s response to the consultation earlier this year

Update – Employer NICs on Termination Awards

On 25 April 2019, the National Insurance Contributions Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill deals with the national insurance contributions (NICs) treatment of termination payments made by employers to employees in connection with the termination of employment.
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Update – Employer NICs on Termination Awards

Acas publishes guidance on workplace neurodiversity

Acas has published guidance to help employers learn about neurodiversity and to suggest changes that can be made in the workplace to better support neurodivergent staff.
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Acas publishes guidance on workplace neurodiversity

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launches new consultation into misuse of confidentiality clauses

Following on from last year's proposals from both the Women and Equalities Committee and the Human Rights Commission, the UK government has published a consultation paper seeking views on options to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses.
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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launches new consultation into misuse of confidentiality clauses

Executive pay gap rules now in force

Under regulations which came into force on 1 January 2019, UK-listed companies with more than 250 UK employees must now publish certain executive pay data in their annual reports.
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Executive pay gap rules now in force

Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited (NRL), the Court of Appeal decided that NRL was liable for its Managing Director drunkenly assaulting another employee at an "impromptu" drinks event after a work Christmas party. There was a sufficient connection between the Managing Director's employment and the assault. This is an important case for employers to be aware of in the run-up to the Christmas party season.
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Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

Government to propose mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting

As UK companies with more than 250 employees are now required to publish gender pay gap information, the government has turned its attention to the ethnicity pay gap.
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Government to propose mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives royal stamp of approval

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 was given royal assent on 13 September 2018, having started out in July 2017 as a Private Member's Bill subsequently supported by the government.
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Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 receives royal stamp of approval