On 26 October 2017, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) gender pay gap tables. These are calculated based on a snapshot of earnings in April each year. The complicated UK-wide statistics showed the following gender pay gap trends for 2017, where a positive figure represents women being paid less than men...
Normally, employers would head to the Employer Bulletin for the latest news on topics and issues that affect them in their day-to-day professional lives. This is still a worthwhile read. However, employers should also look out for the Agent Update.
The government’s promise to provide ‘bereavement support’ did not seem to start well when The Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017 made real the changes first announced in the Pensions Act 2014.
The UK government has launched a survey on proposals to deliver greater equality for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. This is a very difficult topic to approach as, undoubtedly, some people will be querying the acronym itself and whether this encompasses all individuals – for example, should it actually be LGBTI or LGBTIQ, to name only two? That is not the point of this blog at all and I am not going into that.
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts was asked in October 2016 to conduct an independent review into UK working practices. This was in recognition of the fact that the modern ways of business working and existing employment law did not complement each other. On 11 July 2017, Mr Taylor published his 116-page report entitled ‘Good Work’.
HMRC’s Employer Bulletin is marketed as “your route to the latest in payroll news”. Unfortunately, it often comes out just before an important event, meaning it is only the latest news for a very short period of time.
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