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Employment Matters
Issue 3

Gender pay gap reporting: How will it affect my business?

Last year the government pledged to "end the gender pay gap in a generation". The government believes that greater transparency is key to accelerating progress and, although the final regulations have not yet been published, it is still on track to introducing new mandatory gender pay reporting for employers of more than 250 people in April 2017.

Employee ownership models: engaging employees in uncertain times

In the recruitment industry, recruiting and retaining a good team can be a challenge. Businesses not only have to contend with the threat of losing good employees to competitors but also to the lure of setting up on their own. Employee incentivisation and engagement, particularly in times of economic uncertainty or change, is a powerful tool that helps promote and consolidate a successful business.

Anticipated impact of Brexit on Immigration law

The unprecedented decision of the British people to leave the EU has thus far created great cause for debate. Although at this stage there is no conclusive answer to the questions concerning the impact of Brexit, with Theresa May assuming the role of Prime Minister, we should start to see a clearer immigration policy taking shape. In the meantime however, it is possible to assess potential outcomes based on the current and expected political feeling and business practicality.

Are restrictive covenants a barrier to innovation?

Are your employees signed up to restrictive covenants preventing them from competing when they leave you? Have you ever had difficulty employing someone because of their restrictive covenants with a previous employer? Have you ever been involved in a restrictive covenant dispute?

Dress codes and discrimination: AG courts controversy

Dress codes have hit the headlines again due to a potentially controversial opinion by the Advocate General (AG) that a dress code banning Islamic headscarves was not religious discrimination.

Managing Employee Sickness

There is no doubt that employee sickness is a headache for employers. Recent case law has provided some welcome guidance on how to deal with these tricky issues.

Stealing Company Data Results in Criminal Record

The recent conviction of Mark Lloyd brings a clear warning to departing employees - taking customer lists to your new job could land you with a criminal record. The decision by the Information Commissioner's Office provides an opportunity to remind employees of their obligations and to train staff on the serious consequences that may follow data theft.

Employer not liable for direct discrimination in stress case

Direct disability discrimination occurs where an employer treats a disabled person less favourably because of his or her health condition. In the case Gallop v Newport City Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to decide how much actual knowledge of a disability an employer needed in order to be held liable for direct disability discrimination.