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  • Headscarf cases: what now for employer dress codes?

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?

  • Monitoring employee communications: WhatsApp case raises concerns

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    A recent legal case involving messaging service WhatsApp raises issues about monitoring employee communications. Nick Le Riche, a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell, offers practical tips on balancing employees' privacy rights with employers' need to protect confidential data.

  • How to deal with uncertainty around employing EU nationals

    Date:
    20 April 2017

    Organisations employing EU nationals in the UK must tread carefully on the path to Brexit or face discrimination claims or reputational damage. Wedlake Bell's Julia Jackson and Laura Conway offer tips on how to move forward.

  • General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

    Date:
    19 April 2017

    With the Conservative Government announcing a snap election for 8 June, we look at five potential problems when politics mix with the workplace.

  • Criminal law and fatalities in the workplace: what HR needs to know

    Date:
    13 April 2017

    Fatalities in the workplace are a challenge for HR and the stakes are high with the potential for criminal charges, large fines and imprisonment. Andrew Katzen and Claire Wallace from Kickman & Rose solicitors offer a case study with lessons on how to manage each stage of an organisation's response.

  • Indirect discrimination: a welcome ruling from the Supreme Court

    Date:
    10 April 2017

    Consultant editor Darren Newman explains the importance of the Supreme Court's recent decision in two joined indirect discrimination cases.

  • Gender pay gap reporting: five questions from HR

    Date:
    6 April 2017

    Do gender pay gap reporting obligations apply to my organisation? What employees do we include in the calculations? What counts as "ordinary pay" and "bonus pay"? Where do we publish the final figures? We answer five questions HR professionals have been asking about the new gender pay gap reporting duty.

  • Writing a gender pay gap report: a guide for employers

    Date:
    6 April 2017

    The first "snapshot date" for gender pay gap reporting is 5 April 2017, with larger employers having to publish their first gender pay gap report no later than 4 April 2018. We look at what organisations need to consider when writing a gender pay gap report.

  • Extracting the hidden value from the apprenticeship levy

    Date:
    4 April 2017

    From Thursday, large companies must begin to pay a levy to help fund apprenticeships in the UK. Jill Shedden MBE, group HR director at Centrica, argues that the levy is a chance for companies to get out more than they put in.

  • Draft EU employment legislation state of play, April 2017

    Date:
    3 April 2017

    This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.

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