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Employment

  • What the Queen’s speech means for employers

    After a slight delay, the Queen’s speech yesterday set out what we can expect in the way of new legislation over the next two years.  Although it was brief and high level – avoiding too much detail – we have considered the potential implications for employment law. The speech referred to the government ensuring that… Read more

  • Women on boards – measuring progress

    In a recent report, “Women in the boardroom – A global perspective”, Deloitte has tracked the efforts of 64 countries to promote gender diversity in the boardroom. Unsurprisingly, women are still largely underrepresented on company boards across the world, with the UK in 12th place (after an increase from 2015 figures of 15 per cent… Read more

  • Data reporting by employers – a new trend?

    Hot on the heels of the new gender pay reporting obligations introduced last month, the Conservative Party manifesto which was launched last week (and which we blogged about here) included a pledge to tackle racial pay disparities by introducing reporting on how different ethnic groups are paid. The manifesto also included a new requirement for… Read more

  • How to avoid these common employment law mistakes

    There are times when any employer must make tough management decisions. While employment law provides a framework for managing the process of terminating a member, or members, of staff, mistakes are often made. Many, however, can be easily avoided. The most common mistake relating to employment law is failing to effectively manage people who, for… Read more

  • Unconscious bias in the workplace – can it be tackled?

    In an attempt to address gender stereotypes, Google recently proposed 13 new emojis depicting women having careers as engineers, scientists, construction workers and farmers among other things. Considering that, currently, the only emojis that depict females at work consist of a dancer and – though this is a bit of a stretch – a princess,… Read more

  • Holiday pay: should it include commission?

    Another legal battle over whether English law requires employers to boost workers’ holiday pay to include commission payments has commenced in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The long-running case centres on Mr Lock, a former British Gas salesman, whose commission payments made up around 60 per cent of his remuneration. Back in 2012, he complained… Read more

  • What London’s quarterly economic survey results say about Q2’s performance…

    Last week, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) launched their latest London Quarterly Economic Survey with Capital 500 for Q2 2015. They surveyed 510 London business leaders between 7 and 20 May this year. The headlines for London’s performance in Q2 include: a 3% reported increase in domestic sales; a 6% reported decrease in… Read more

  • The employment landscape has never been so good for entrepreneurs

    There is a myth that should be dispelled. Despite many commentators and business owners believing the contrary, it’s relatively easy to hire and fire employees in Britain. This myth gained particular currency prior to recent legislative changes but still persists. Since 6 April 2012, employees must have been employed by a company for two years… Read more

  • Women on boards: the latest

    Time is running out to achieve Lord Davies’ target for 25% female representation on FTSE 100 Boards by 2015.  Vince Cable has urged leading UK companies to try harder with their voluntary efforts, and fast, or risk facing European-imposed mandatory quotas. So how far off Lord Davies’ target are we? Actually, not far at all…. Read more

  • Managing poor performance

    A manager’s guide to handling poor performance One of the biggest challenges for most employers is handling underperforming staff.  Tolerating poor performance not only means that the business is (over) paying for work and potentially failing to deliver what its customers and clients expect, it also has an impact on the morale of the employees… Read more

  • The Financial Reporting Council’s new rules explained

    The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) is responsible for developing the Corporate Governance Rules for the 1,300 largest companies in the UK.  Executive remuneration has been a hot topic for many years, most particularly in the banking sector, but the FRC’s proposed new rules mark a decisive attempt to move executive remuneration in the plc sector… Read more

  • An employer’s guide to dealing with cyber bullying

    Whilst it is difficult to measure the frequency of cyber bullying in the workplace, there is no reason to believe it is any less prevalent than conventional bullying. In 2012, a study conducted by the University of Sheffield and the University of Nottingham (“Punched from the Screen”) found that up to 80% of respondents had… Read more

  • What does the Queen’s Speech mean for zero-hours contracts in retail?

    On 4 June 2014, the Queen’s Speech delivered a number of assurances in the employment arena, including a review of the use of zero hour contracts by businesses. The Government has recently entered into a period of consultation on the use of zero hour contracts and while the Queen’s Speech lacked real detail on the… Read more