The Government Equalities Office has published a new toolkit for employers with recommendations on how to close the gender pay gap.
The Chancellor announced a number of measures which will be significant for employers in the Autumn budget 2017.
The Work and Pensions and BEIS Committees have published a joint report recommending legislation which aims to provide clarity on employment status and takes forward “the best” of the recommendations in the Taylor Review.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that an employer acted in breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence by giving a misleading reason for an employee’s dismissal.
In the first group litigation of its kind, Morrisons Supermarkets was found to be vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee who, driven by a grudge against the supermarket chain, took payroll data relating to 100,000 employees and published it online. This was despite the fact that Morrisons was found to be entirely innocent of any misuse, that the employee had acted deliberately to harm his employer, had been convicted and imprisoned for his actions and that disclosure of the data had been done at home, on a Sunday outside office hours.
On 12 October 2017, the Parker Review Committee published its final report into the ethnic diversity of UK boards, following its consultation on the report launched in November 2016.
The UK government has rolled out the employment tribunal fees refund scheme in full. This comes after Justice Minister, Dominic Raab committed to reimbursing all fees paid since they were introduced in July 2013, in the wake of the ruling of the Supreme Court (the UK’s highest court) in July this year that the fees being charged in employment tribunal claims were unlawful.
The Government has published updated guidance [PDF] on modern slavery statements.
The EAT has confirmed that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed contractors, thereby entitling them to certain employment rights such as holiday pay, national minimum wage and rest breaks. However, in another recent decision before a different court, the Central Arbitration Committee has decided that Deliveroo riders are not workers.
It is unlawful to refuse to employ someone on the grounds they are a trade union member. A recent EAT decision provides clarification on the protection afforded to job applicants on account of their union membership.