Government sets out implications of ‘no deal’ Brexit
Although the Government maintains that it is unlikely, it has published guidance on the implications on workplace rights if a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario were to occur. The document reaffirms a commitment to strong labour protections and to legal certainty for employers on their responsibilities.
Parliamentary Committee suggests enhancements to gender pay gap reporting requirements
An inquiry by the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee into the existing gender pay gap reporting requirements has resulted in a number of recommendations for improvement.
Amongst other things, the Committee have suggested widening the reporting requirement to include smaller firms with a minimum of 50 employees. The current minimum threshold is set at 250 employees.
Home Office announces plans for a review into the Modern Slavery Act
The Home Office has outlined their plans to undertake a review to evaluate the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
The review will focus on strengthening existing legislation and placing a greater emphasis on employers to ensure modern slavery does not exist within their supply chains. Current legislation requires employers who meet a minimum turnover threshold to publish a modern slavery statement; this may be lowered as a result of the review.
In Talon Engineering Limited v Smith, the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that an employee was unfairly dismissed when the employer failed to postpone a disciplinary hearing to allow the employee to be accompanied.