Shared parental leave: on borrowed time?

Ben Power’s recent article for People Management asked, “why is nobody taking shared parental leave”? And he is not alone, it seems, in suggesting the UK’s newest type of parental leave, introduced in 2015, might not be fit for purpose.… Read on

Gender pay deadline: the figures are in!

4 April 2018 was the deadline for large private and voluntary sector employers (with 250 or more employees) to publish their gender pay gap figures on the government’s dedicated website.  Around 1,500 employers missed the deadline and over 1,000 added… Read on

Employee liable for data protection breach

Even a relatively small data protection breach can have serious consequences for those involved. An individual was fined £850 plus costs in a recent case. Facts of the case An apprentice at Southwark Council was investigated by the Information Commissioner’s… Read on

Employers fall foul of NMW laws over uniform requirements

The government regularly “names and shames” employers who breach national minimum wage laws by publishing a list of those who have been fined. The latest list reveals that restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays and Marriott Hotels have each been… Read on

Employment Tribunal claims leap by 90%

Employment tribunal fees were abolished on 26 July 2017. The Ministry of Justice has recently published figures showing the very significant impact this has had on the number of claims now being brought in the employment tribunal which has continued… Read on

Compensation increases from 6 April 2018 confirmed

From 6 April 2018 it will be more expensive for employers to make employees redundant and, if a dismissal is found to be unfair by an employment tribunal, the potential amount of compensation payable will also increase. The legislation implementing… Read on

Ethnic diversity of senior managers: bank sets first targets

Earlier this month, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (Lloyds) became the first FTSE 100 company to set a public target to increase black, Asian and minority ethnic (B.A.M.E) representation in its senior management positions. Although there is currently no legal obligation… Read on

Shared parental leave: share the joy!

The government is spending £1.5 million on a new campaign to promote awareness of the right of parents to take shared parental leave. Although around 285,000 couples qualify for shared parental leave each year, it is believed the take up… Read on

New tax-free childcare scheme now available to all

HMRC announced on 14 February that it was finally starting to accept applications from all eligible parents for the government’s new tax-free childcare scheme – which can give up to £2,000 of help with childcare costs. Since 21 April 2017… Read on

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