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Statutory employment changes from April 2019

As April fast approaches, employers should make sure they are ready to implement the increases to statutory pay, as well as some other important statutory changes which will come into effect next month.
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Statutory employment changes from April 2019

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

Are the new disclosure rules on pay ratios sufficient to combat excessive pay disparity?

A recent poll of MPs indicates that questions are already being raised as to whether the new pay rules go far enough in tackling pay disparity.
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Are the new disclosure rules on pay ratios sufficient to combat excessive pay disparity?

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

Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

The EAT has dealt a blow to employers, confirming that the purpose of permanent health insurance and similar schemes would be defeated if an employer could end entitlements under this type of scheme by dismissing the employee on grounds of capability. 
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Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

Part-time workers: hours -v- pay

The Court of Appeal has agreed with the lower courts that a part-time cabin crew member had been treated less favourably than a full-time crew member, because she had to be available for work 53.5% of the year but was only paid 50% of the full-time salary (British Airways plc v Pinaud).
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Part-time workers: hours -v- pay

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

Taxation of termination payments: employer NIC charges further delayed to April 2020

In the 2016 Budget, the government announced that termination payments over £30,000 would be subject to employer Class1A national insurance contributions (NICs) from April 2018. Termination payments over the tax-exempt threshold of £30,000 are currently only subject to income tax. In the 2017 Budget, the government announced that this change would be delayed for a year and take effect from April 2019.

However, in the Autumn 2018 Budget earlier this week, the government announced that this change will be further delayed. Subject to any further postponements, employer NICs on termination payments over the £30,000 threshold will now become payable in April 2020.

Whilst most termination payments fall below £30,000, for employers this announcement will come as a welcome, albeit temporary, reprieve from additional costs in those cases where the tax-exempt threshold is exceeded.

Taxation of termination payments: employer NIC charges further delayed to April 2020

New legislation seeks to ensure restaurant owners give their employees all tips from customers

New legislation is expected to be implemented to ban restaurants from keeping tips from their employees. The intention is restaurant owners will not be able to make deductions from tips which are paid by card in order to fund administration costs.
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New legislation seeks to ensure restaurant owners give their employees all tips from customers

Could employees be responsible for choosing their auto-enrolment provider?

One of the main stumbling blocks to truly integrated pension saving has been that the current auto-enrolment system treats workplace pensions as just that. They are something put in place by your employer and when you change employers your pension pot can be stranded or at the very least difficult to move from place to place. The new suggestion would be to make what scheme you use for auto-enrolment an employee rather than employer decision.
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Could employees be responsible for choosing their auto-enrolment provider?