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Parents grapple with long hours culture

The UK’s working parents are suffering from poorly-designed jobs that force them to work extra hours, according to a major new study published by Working Families and Bright Horizons. The findings have emerged from the Modern Families Index 2019

Article by: Makbool Javaid 24 February 2019


Up to seven years in jail for reckless mishandling of pension schemes

The Government’s response to the consultation on protecting defined benefit pension schemes indicates an intention to introduce a new criminal offence to prevent and penalise scheme mismanagement. The measure will target individuals who wilfully or recklessly mishandle pension scheme

Article by: Makbool Javaid 23 February 2019


New guidance to help employers close gender pay gap

The Government Equalities Office has published two new pieces of guidance to help employers identify potential causes of the gender pay gap and develop an effective action plan to tackle it. ‘Eight ways to understand your gender pay gap’ asks companies to identify potential areas for improvement

Article by: Makbool Javaid 22 February 2019


Illegal working penalties: code of practice for employers 2019

UK Visas and Immigration have published an updated code of practice which sets out the prescribed checks that employers should conduct to avoid a civil penalty in the event of illegal working. The code of practice also sets out the factors that the Home Office takes into account when determining the amount of any penalty issued.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 17 February 2019


Disclosure of criminal convictions disproportionate in two respects

The first is the multiple convictions rule, which does not achieve its purpose of indicating tendency to crime as it applies irrespective of the nature, similarity, number or time intervals of offences. The second concerns warnings and reprimands for younger offenders.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 14 February 2019


New Acas guidance published to help prevent age discrimination at work

To understand in detail how age discrimination can happen in the workplace, how to prevent it, and how different treatment because of age can be allowed in certain situations, Acas have published three further documents: Guide - Age discrimination key points for the workplace.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 12 February 2019


Consultation on extending redundancy protection for mothers returning to work

Under Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999, before making a woman on ordinary or additional maternity leave redundant, employers have an obligation to offer her a suitable alternative vacancy, where one exists, giving the woman priority over other employees at risk of redundancy.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 9 February 2019