Category Archives: Government reforms

Government Reforms (1):  Brexit – What’s the Deal with No Deal?

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What do we already know? We have updated you in previous Newsletters (see here) that when the UK leaves the EU, with or without a deal, free movement of people will be allowed to continue for a transitional period from the exit date for approximately two years. EU citizens and family members who want to…
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Government Reforms (2):  Good Work Plan – One-Sided Flexibility 

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What do we already know? The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices (‘the Taylor Review’), made detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law.  For further detail on the background of this Review please see our updates here. The Government’s response to the Taylor Review was the ‘Good Work’ plan in which it sets out its…
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Government Reforms (1):  Family Friendly Consultations

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What do we already know? In our February 2019 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Family friendly – protection against redundancy we updated you that the Government had published a Consultation, Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination: Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents.  The Consultation asked for views on what changes could be made to the current…
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Government Reforms (3):  Response to Consultation on Confidentiality Clauses

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What do we already know? We updated you in our March 2019 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Consultation on confidentiality clauses that the Government had published a Consultation asking for views on new measures to prevent the misuse of ‘NDAs’ – what we employment lawyers call confidentiality clauses – in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination. …
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Government Reforms (3):  Sickness absence and disability – Consultation

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In June the Government announced (see here) Theresa May’s intention to introduce new measures to tackle injustices faced by disabled people. The measures include overhauling statutory sick pay and greater workplace support, publishing new national outcomes data for disabled people and establishing a cross-Government disability team. The Government has now published a consultation (available here)…
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Government Reforms (2):  Good Work Plan – Single Enforcement Body – Consultation

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What do we already know? The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, made detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law.  For further detail on the background of this Review please see our updates here. The Government’s response to the Taylor Review was the ‘Good Work’ plan in which it sets out its plans on taking…
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Government Reforms (1):  Tackling Gender Inequality  & Workplace Sexual Harassment Consultation

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1. Tackling Gender Inequality The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published Gender equality at every stage: a roadmap for change (available here), which sets out the Government’s proposals to tackle key drivers of gender inequality. The key proposals to tackle gender inequality include: 1.1 Strengthening equality legislation A consultation on the effectiveness of workplace sexual…
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Government Reforms (3):  Guidance on Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Health & Safety

The TUC and Maternity Action have warned that employers are not doing enough to protect pregnant women at work and have published new guidance for health and safety representatives on “Pregnancy, breastfeeding and health and safety”, available here. In the new guidance, the TUC and Maternity Action explain that there are clear laws in place…
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Government Reforms (2):  Gender Pay Gap & Promoting Female Talent

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The Government Equalities Office has published guidance (available here) for employers on actions they can take to promote women’s progression in the workplace and close the gender pay gap. The guidance focuses on: creating an inclusive culture; supporting women’s career development; progression for part-time workers; improving recruitment and promotion processes; and measuring and evaluating policies…
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Government Reforms (1):  BREXIT – EU Settlement Scheme

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What do we already know? When the UK leaves the EU, with or without a deal, free movement of people will be allowed to continue for a transitional period from the exit date for approximately two years. EU citizens and family members who want to continue to live and work in the UK beyond 30…
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