Gender pay in focus: snapshot due

Yesterday, which was the first gender pay gap snapshot date under the gender pay gap reporting rules that are now coming into effect, employers that are affected by the new rules will be preoccupied with collecting the raw data from which their statistics will need to be compiled. Continue reading

Will gender pay reporting make a difference?

The causes of the gender pay gap are complex. It is affected by wider cultural and social influences, in particular the prevailing assumptions about the role of women as and by the unequal assumption of responsibility for unpaid domestic work by men and women.

Calls to address the issue are being raised all over the world – in Iceland on 24 October 2016 and in France on 7 November for example campaigners urged working women to down tools in recognition of the fact that the pay gap means that they would effectively be working for free for the remainder of the year. Across Europe the average pay gap between men and women in equivalent jobs is 16.1%.

There is considerable consensus about the measures that are likely to achieve change:

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Six points to consider before hiring a live in ‘granny sitter’

News broke over the weekend of a couple who have advertised for a live in ‘granny sitter’ to help them care for an elderly relative.  This looks like a very caring and ideal solution to looking after a relative at home rather than paying for residential care.  However, anyone thinking of taking this approach will need to be careful to avoid legal pitfalls.  Here are six points to consider when employing workers in a home setting. Continue reading

NED’s in firing line after collapse of BHS

The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and put 20,000 pensions at risk.  Sir Philip Green has been roundly criticised for the fact that he offloaded an ailing BHS with substantial pension deficits to a thrice bankrupt buyer with no retail experience, who ultimately drove it over a cliff.

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A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?

A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?Friday afternoon; stuck in the grey office looking out at the glorious sun, your weather app forecasts a weekend of cold and showers. What’s more, as others plan their Friday night fun, your boss has asked you to finish up a client report that is going to take hours. What do you do? Of course, you take to social media to vent about how your boss is – ahem – a bit of a nuisance. Continue reading

Can sports stars rehab an injured reputation?

Over the last few months we have seen much speculation in the media about the future careers of high profile sports stars convicted of serious crimes.  Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide and Ched Evans was released from prison on 17 October last year after serving half of a five year sentence for rape.  His conviction is currently being reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  Governing bodies, commercial sponsors and the public have debated the question: can you rehabilitate a high profile athlete?

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Ignorance of the law is no defence

As every lawyer knows, ignorance of the law is no defence. In the past week or so, I have found myself irritated by the press and politicians’ inability to refer to employment law without making a hash of it. In fact, their tendency to misunderstand the law (deliberately or otherwise) is not peculiar to the employment law field, but, as an employment lawyer, that is what riles me most. Continue reading

Swap your rights for shares?

George Osborne has announced plans for a new type of employment status: ‘employee owners’. Employees will give up their rights to protection against unfair dismissal, statutory redundancy payments, and the right to request flexible working hours and time off for training, in exchange for between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares in the company for which they work. These shares will be free from capital gains tax when they are eventually sold. Continue reading