Change to May Day Bank Holiday in 2020

Due to the 75th anniversary of VE day in 2020, the Government have announced a nationwide change to Bank Holidays next year.May Day is usually the first Monday in May, but in 2020, it will be replaced by a public holiday on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.The change to the Bank Holidays may have implications for your busine......

Mental health is currently a priority for East Anglian businesses

A straw poll of over 100 Human Resources (HR) professionals, taken at a conference in the region this week, revealed that 94% are now taking positive steps within their businesses to support their staff’s mental health.  The Conference - hosted jointly by Ashtons HR Consulting, law firm Ashtons Legal and recruitment specialists HAYS - had ment......

Shared Parental Pay can be lower than Maternity Pay

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in the much anticipated combined appeals of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextail. The question before the court was whether it was discriminatory to pay men taking Shared Parental Leave less than any enhanced Maternity Pay given to women on Maternity Leave.......

A reminder for employers to take care with long term disability benefit offerings

It is a relatively common practice for employers to offer some form of long term disability benefit to their employees, usually covered by an insurance policy. However, recent developments have demonstrated that care must be taken when implementing such policies in terms of how they can impact employees and how relevant documents should be drafted.......

BBC Analysis Suggests That Gender Pay Gap Is Growing

The BBC has completed analysis on the private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap figures and notes that 4 in 10 companies are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, including firms such as Kwik Fit, which grew from a negative pay gap of -15.2% to a positive one of 14%, and Virgin Atlantic which widened from 28.4% t......

Veganism to become a Protected Characteristic?

In the news this week is the case of Jordi Casamitjana, who says his former employers, The League Against Cruel Sports sacked him because of his ethical #veganism. His lawyers are presenting his case to tribunal as one of #discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief. Religious or political belief is one of the Protected Chara......

Maternity leave – your rights

Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a look at what rights you have when it comes to organising and taking maternity leave. Who is eligible for maternity leave?......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country. And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business ne......

A dress code to impress….and avoid sex discrimination

A dress code may seem archaic, stringent or unnecessary to many people. However, it can be a powerful tool in creating a particular image of a workplace, which is integral to many professions. How the outside world e.g. clients see us will, whether consciously or not, impact a decision to instruct us. This May, the Government Equalities Office re......

Staff wellbeing a priority for East Anglian businesses

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is being supported by the Mental Health Foundation. Tying in with the theme, delegates at yesterday’s Ashtons and HAYS Annual Employment Conference were asked if they were making the wellbeing of their staff part of their business strategy. A straw poll revealed that half of the audience were indeed m......

The hidden disability: when mental health affects employee wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week - 14th-20th May 2018 – is an opportunity for employers to revisit current practices and to see if their policy and culture match up to best practice The taboo of talking about mental health has started to shift, following several high-profile campaigns, but many employers are keeping quiet and avoiding conversatio......

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