Unconscious bias: how to avoid it

Unconscious bias refers to in-built prejudices and preconceived notions which we may not even know we hold. These preconceived notions might be influenced by factors such as our upbringing and personal experiences.

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Jason Hood
Right to work checks

A hot topic this month has been the UK government serving its formal notice under Article 50 of The Treaty on European Union to terminate the UK’s membership of the EU. Following the UK’s departure, restrictions may be introduced on the right to work for EEA nationals.

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Jason Hood
If the cap fits

It’s that time of the year again! The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017, which increases every year in line with the retail prices index, came into force on 6 April 2017. The order will change the calculation of statutory redundancy payments and the maximum awards available by way of unfair dismissal compensation

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Jason Hood
ECJ rules workplace headscarf ban is not discriminatory

The ECJ ruled in Achbita and another v G4S Secure Solutions NV, that the prohibition on wearing an Islamic headscarf, which arises from an internal rule of a private undertaking prohibiting the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign in the workplace, does not constitute direct discrimination based on religion or belief within the meaning of the EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive.

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Jason Hood
UK workers’ sickness rate at record low!

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a report on UK workers’ sickness rates on 9 March 2017. It was reported that an estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2016, this is equivalent to 4.3 days per worker (the lowest recorded since the series began in 1993, when it was at 7.2 days per worker, the highest level over the reference period).

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Jason Hood
Government name and shame

By naming and shaming these companies, the government intends to inspire public confidence in HMRC’s ability to enforce the NMW legislation. Employers also need to consider the fact that persistent failure to pay the NMW could lead to a criminal investigation and be mindful of the serious and damaging reputational consequences of being publicly shamed by the government.

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Jason Hood
How to deal with disobedient staff

an important question arises from this controversial decision taken by the White House which is relevant to employment law: what steps can employers take in handling defiant employees who choose either to criticise or refuse to obey instructions?

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Jason Hood
Modern Slave Trade

Two Polish brothers have been jailed for six years under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for trafficking 18 vulnerable men from Poland to work in a Sports Direct warehouse in the UK. 

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Jason Hood
The gender pay gap

In December the long-awaited final draft of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 was published, setting out the reporting obligations that will apply to organisations with 250 or more employees.

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Jason Hood