Article Category: Employment Law & HR – Insight & Opinion

Are You Ready For Gender Pay Gap Reporting?

What is the Gender Pay Gap? The gender pay gap is the average difference in hourly pay between men and women. Typically, firms with a high number of men in senior roles, with more women occupying junior roles, will have a larger gender pay gap. You often hear people referring to equal pay, however, this is different as it… Read more »

Apprenticeships: What Should Employers Be Considering In 2017?

Is your business ready for the Apprenticeship Levy? From April 2017, both public and private sector employers* who have an employee payroll of more than £3million will be required to pay a levy of 0.5% on the payroll bill (less an allowance of £15,000). This will be paid to HMRC through PAYE and will be… Read more »

The Gig Economy

Have you heard of the Gig Economy? It is a term used to describe an economy where independent workers make a living from short term employment contracts with organisations. The rise of the Gig Economy According to financial software company, Intuit, 40% of American workers will be independent contractors by 2020[1]. This trend will likely… Read more »

Employment Rights: What Now For Uber?

In a long-awaited judgment, an employment tribunal has agreed with two drivers from Uber. The app based taxi company works with more than 40,000 drivers in the UK. The tribunal has concluded that their drivers should now be classed as ‘workers’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996. During the case the tribunal… Read more »

Sick Notes: A Terrible Case Of Chronic Exaggeration

Have you ever been suspicious of an absent employee? But on their return to work they present you with a seemingly valid doctor’s note? You’re not alone. Recent advances in editing software now make it easier for fraudulent documents to be created. Legal health experts are warning employers to stay vigilant of fake sick notes…. Read more »

Can Pension Benefits Be Included In Settlement Agreements?

The Pensions Ombudsman (PO) recently made a decision, during an appeal, on a settlement agreement that included pension benefits. The agreement promised to increase a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) member’s pension and to allow payment of full pension in the future from the member’s 55th birthday. In this case, an appeal was made by an… Read more »

Pregnancy And Maternity Discrimination

As MPs demand urgent government action to tackle a ‘shocking and unacceptable’ rise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, I consider the issues facing both employees and employers when managing the combination of motherhood and working life. Is more legislation the only answer? My twin gave birth to her first baby seven months… Read more »

Your Guide To The Apprenticeship Levy

From April 2017 major changes will be introduced to the way in which the government funds apprenticeships. These changes will be known as the apprenticeship levy. Some employers will now be required to contribute and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training. This will be especially relevant to organisations that have a… Read more »