A monthly round-up of developments in UK employment law for employers and HR professionals.
By any standards, 2018 continues to be a roller-coaster year for the UK’s rapidly evolving labour market. From GDPR to the first Gender Pay Gap Reports; the #MeToo campaign, the landmark gig-economy cases, and Brexit, there’s plenty to keep up with. So, as we roll into autumn, here’s what you need to know …
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its new Tribunal Statistics. The official figures show that the number of single claims lodged increased by 165% compared with the same quarter last year. Disability discrimination cases had the largest average award (£30,700), while religious discrimination claims had the lowest average award (£5,100) and the average award for unfair dismissal awards was £15,007. Read more here.
Women lose out in the workforce
A new survey of 4,000 young people from the charity Young Women’s Trust has found that a third of young women do not know how to report sexual harassment at work and a quarter would be reluctant to do so for fear of losing their job. It also says that one in five young women are paid less than their male colleagues for the same work. Read more here.
Acas launches new guidance on references
The general advice when you’re asked to give a reference is to make sure it is accurate and not misleading – no employer wants to be landed with a misrepresentation or a post-dismissal discrimination claim. But there’s still confusion about whether employers have to offer them and what to include. So, Acas has published new guidelines for employers, which includes how to resolve problems with references. Read more here.
Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018
A new workplace right to leave for bereaved parents has been given Royal Assent. Parents who lose a child under 18 will receive 2 weeks’ paid leave under the Act. The details (including how much will be payable) have not yet been published but the right is expected to come into force in 2020. Read more here.
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