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Blog: Top 10 pitfalls in Market Rate equal pay justifications

I’m sure you will be aware of the ‘market rate’ factor which can justify a pay differential between those of the opposite sex whose roles are (or are claimed to be) comparable under equal pay legislation. It’s usually the obvious defence that employers reach for very often and one that they can develop a very…
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Blog: When does ‘no’ actually mean ‘yes’? – a question of consent

Being a total law nerd, I like nothing more than sitting down with a cup of tea, a Hobnob (other biscuits are acceptable) and a ‘fresh off the press’ Court of Appeal decision. I enjoy nodding sagely when their Lord and Ladyships come up with a decision that I entirely agree with and smugly thinking ‘well…
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Blog: Only 10,000 employers to go…

This morning I was rushing around pulling together a list of ingredients for dinner tonight – we have friends coming over and I’m cooking Greek (modern, not medieval, for a change). Admittedly yesterday I was busy doing other things, but I could have taken fifteen minutes out last night to check what I need and…
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Blog: Beware the delay!

Once again the world of professional cycling has given me a thought for a blog. This time it is the Chris Froome situation. As an update, on Stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) in September 2017 he gave an “adverse analytical finding” – essentially his urine test showed double the permitted…
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Blog: Tesco equal pay claims – another reminder of your hidden risks

As I speak to more and more businesses about pay equality, I’m finding that most senior executives still don’t appreciate the hidden risks posed by ‘equal value’ claims for equal pay. And indeed that’s the case with quite a few HR directors too. But what the new Tesco claims remind us is that equal value…
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Blog: Lies, damn lies and dismissals

Anne-Marie Boyle, Partner
If a fairy dies every time an employee is given a fake reason for their dismissal, then there can’t be many fairies left out there. Well, not in my experience of over 20 years advising on employment law issues. Hand on heart, how many of you have told a poorly-performing employee that their job is…
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Blog: Another new year’s resolution – get on top of GDPR!

Anne-Marie Boyle, Partner
The changes to data protection law (the General Data Protection Regulations, to give it its posh name) are coming at us in just over 4 months’ time on 25 May 2018. With this in mind I have put together a handy check list to help you move GDPR from your ‘to do’ pile into your…
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Blog: Tougher-than-expected GPG enforcement

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
In all the commentary written on the Gender Pay Gap reporting (GPGR – not to be confused with GDPR) legislation, very little has touched on the consequences of an employer failing to comply with its duty to report and publish. Very unusually for employment law, the duty to report may be a legal duty but…
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Blog: Really?? Taking your GPG reporting seriously

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Here’s a tale of what not to do with your gender pay gap (GPG) figures – especially if any medium/large employer was hoping that they might be able to either bury their GPG away quietly or put out some false statistics. For the last year I have been regularly saying to clients and at conferences…
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Blog: Leaving ‘gifts’ from employees

Simon Martin, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
We learned that in the early hours of Friday, 3 November something remarkable happened. Donald Trump’s twitter feed was “deactivated” for 11 minutes. Some wags have said that it rendered the President uncharacteristically mute for a short period. After some initial flannelling by Twitter it emerged that Trump’s account had been deliberately deactivated as a parting…
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