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Ethnicity pay reporting - fifteen sign the pledge

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Fifteen key UK businesses have committed to the principle of mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting ahead of any mandatory government measures. Nearly one year after the introduction of mandatory pay gap reporting for gender, only around three percent of...

Using the Equality Act to secure accessible housing and facilities

Amy Grimshaw
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A recent judgment as handed down by Cardiff County Court, confirms the rights that disabled people have to make related alterations to their property under the Equality Act 2010 (the act). The case of Smailes & Poyner-Smailes v Clewer Court...

Relationships in the workplace can be a minefield both for employees and employers

Martha McKinley
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Senior members of staff engaged in relationships with more junior colleagues may face accusations that they are taking advantage of their status and power within an organisation, particularly in light of the “me too” movement. Claims alleging ...

New year resolutions for employers

Martha McKinley
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Employers looking for a new year’s resolution could do worse than adopting some of the suggestions below, all of which will help risk-proof your business should the worst happen. Review your contracts and policies to make sure they are up to date ...

The 'Good Work Plan'- Government proposed reforms to employee rights

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On Monday 17 December, 2018 a plan was introduced by the Government called ‘The Good Work Plan’ which includes various proposed reforms to employees’ rights. The plan proposes a number of reforms, such as entitling workers to be...

What is discriminatory harassment?

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Discriminatory harassment is defined by Section 26 of the Equality Act 2010, as follows: (1) A person (A) harasses another (B) if— (a) A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic , and (b) the conduct has the...

Redundancy - employer responsibilities in the sudden closure of a business

Stephen Woodhouse
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It was recently reported that the UK retail industry suffered its worst November footfall decline in nine years. This news follows a number of major high street firms who have had to close their doors in recent months. When such stories are...

Disability discrimination by energy suppliers

Rebecca Billinge
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According to recent statistics from Disabled Living Foundation, there are around 13.3 million people who have a disability, in the UK. With the UK currently experiencing a severe shortage of housing, it is arguable that there are more people living in...

Kicking out racism in football

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Statistics recently released by football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out have revealed that discriminatory abuse at football matches has risen for the sixth consecutive year, with racism accounting for more than half of reported...

New rules for taxation of termination payments

Adam Pennington
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Since 6 April 2018 employers have been required to pay income tax and class one national insurance contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments, whether or not they are contractual payments. What were the previous tax rules...

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