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......

Positive action to increase diversity must not amount to discriminatory treatment

In February, the Liverpool Employment Tribunal heard that Cheshire Police had not given a job to an individual because he was white, male and heterosexual, due to the Police force’s diversity drive at the relevant time.  Mr Furlong, the applicant, was told at interview that he could not have done any more. Ultimately, he was denied the role o......

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.......

Ashtons HR Consulting and Picasso HR join forces

Two of the region’s HR consultancies will join forces from 1 May 2019 to create a larger and stronger Suffolk-based business with clients throughout the region and beyond. The teams at Picasso HR and Ashtons HR Consulting will merge their operations under the Ashtons HR Consulting Limited banner and will be based in Waterfront House in Ipswich. Th......

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.......

Brexit delay and the rights of EU / EEA citizens in the workplace

The European Union have agreed a further delay to the Article 50 deadline (and therefore Brexit) until 31 October unless a withdrawal agreement can be agreed and ratified earlier. As a result, the United Kingdom remains a member state of the EU until any such ratification or 31 October 2019. This means that the rights of EU / EEA nationals living......

Presidential Guidance updates Vento bands for injury to feelings awards

In relevant claims where injury to feelings is a feature in the award granted (such as discrimination), the award is calculated on the basis of the “Vento bands”. Presidential Guidance has just been updated to uplift the bands in such cases, and therefore for claims presented on or after 6 April 2019 the bands will be: lower band of £900 to £8,80......

Corporate Insolvency reminder about personal liability for employment claims: not just discrimination but also now whistleblowing

Insolvency law and the concept of limited liability has developed to shelter the individual officers of a limited company from the claims of creditors of all kinds in the event of a corporate failure.  There are particular rules which protect and guarantee certain minimum employment rights of employees, which are, ultimately, underwritten by......

Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

On 25th January 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) opened a consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents. The consultation document can be found here. This consultation follows recommendations made by the Women and Equalities Committee in 2016, and the Taylor Review in July 2017,......

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......

Asda loses appeal in initial stage of equal pay case

In a judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal this morning, it was ruled that supermarket staff (mostly women) and warehouse staff (mostly men) working at supermarket giant Asda can compare themselves against each other for equal pay purposes. Under current UK employment law, Claimants and their comparators must be working at the same establish......

Update on the EU Settlement Scheme

Further to our article below, Theresa May has this afternoon (21 January 2019) announced in her Brexit statement that the £65 fee which millions of EU citizens were going to incur when applying for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme has been scrapped. There are plans to reimburse those who have already paid the fee. This may mean that b......

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