Category Archives: Government reforms

Government reforms: New Year, New Law!

In order to welcome in 2020, below is a round-up of the most important employment law changes this year. You may also find our 2020 employment law timetable useful. We’ll be covering many of these events in more detail in our future Newsletters and blogs. 1 April 2020 Increases to National Living and Minimum Wage…
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Bank Holidays: Christmas and beyond…

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Dealing with bank holidays, including over the Christmas holidays, can cause headaches for employers.  To add to the complications, this year the Government decided to change the 2020 May Bank Holiday.  We unpick some of these issues below. 1. Christmas Employers may receive requests from employees who either want to work the bank holidays over…
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Government reforms (1):  Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) – Response to WESC report

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What do we already know? In June 2019, the Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC) published its report on the use of confidentiality clauses, which are also known as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), in discrimination and harassment cases. The WESC concluded that the imbalance of bargaining power between employers and employees is a key driver behind…
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Settlement Agreements: Cost of Legal Advice 

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What do we already know? Settlement agreements are often used to agree a settlement to a dispute with an employee, or bring an end to the employment relationship in an amicable way. An employee agrees to waive any claims against their employer in return for a compensation payment. In order for this waiver to be…
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New Guidance – 2. EHRC Guidance on NDAs in Discrimination Cases

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What do we already know? We updated you in our August 2019 Newsletter (Government reforms (3): Response to Consultation on Confidentiality Clauses) that the Government has said that it will legislate to ensure that limitations on non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are set out clearly in written statements of employment particulars and in settlement agreements.  The Government…
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Government reforms (1):  Top Tip for Staff

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What do we already know? We mentioned in our October 2018 Newsletter (Government Reforms (3): Top tips for staff) that the Government intended to introduce new legislation to ensure that tips left for workers would go to them in full. What’s new? In the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019, it was announced that the…
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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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