Category Archives: Government reforms

Government reforms (2): Data protection – GDPR guidance

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What do we already know? We have been regularly updating you about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was introduced on 25 May 2018 and replaces the EU Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998. For further detail see our updates here. What’s new? Just when you thought it was all over(!)…
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Government reforms (1): Tobacco, alcohol & drugs

The Government has published a toolkit (available here) designed to help employers tackle tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse. The toolkit follows Government research which suggests that absenteeism and low productivity related to substance misuse costs employers £5.3 billion. The toolkit identifies a number of steps employers can take to help their workforces and combat substance…
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Government reforms (1): Data protection – GDPR guidance

data protection
What do we already know? We have been regularly updating you about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was introduced on 25 May 2018 and replaces the EU Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998. For further detail see our updates here. What’s new? Just in case you’re still finalising your…
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Government reforms (3): Discrimination and dress codes

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What do we already know? We updated you in our March 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Discrimination and dress codes that the Government had indicated that it would take strong action to tackle sex discrimination at work, including discriminatory dress codes. This was particularly given a joint report by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and the…
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Government reforms (3): Taxation of termination payments

What do we already know? We’ve updated you previously that the law changed on 6 April 2018 so that all Payments In Lieu of Notice (PILON), whether contractual or non-contractual, are taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs). For updates see here. What’s new? The HMRC has revised its Employment Income Manual to…
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Government reforms (1): Gender Pay Gap reporting – the aftermath

What do we already know? Private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees were required to publish a gender pay gap report by 4 April 2018. We kept you up to date on these reporting requirements and how our Gender Pay Gap Audit service could help with this. For an overview of the reporting requirements…
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Government reforms (2): Data protection – GDPR guidance

data protection
What do we already know? The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be with us very soon, on 25 May 2018.   We have been regularly updating you about this and for further detail see our updates here. What’s new? 1. ICO GDPR guidance for micro-businesses On 12 March 2018, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched an…
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Government reforms (3): Tribunal claims

What do we already know? We updated you in our July 2017 Newsflash Tribunal fees unlawful – enormous impact that the Supreme Court ruled that Tribunal fees are unlawful and abolished them, back-dated to their inception in July 2013. We also warned that Tribunals could be about to be deluged by new and backdated claims, which would…
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Government reforms (2): Data protection – GDPR guidance

data protection
What do we already know? We have been regularly updating you about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which on 25 May 2018 will replace the current EU Data Protection Directive and the Data Protection Act 1998. For further detail see our updates here. What’s new? 1. Data Protection Bill The Information Commissioner’s Office…
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Government reforms (1): Taxation of termination payments

What do we already know? Currently, payments on termination that are made under a contractual PILON (pay in lieu of notice) clause in an employee’s contract are taxed as earnings, but if there is no PILON an equivalent payment can often be made tax free (up to £30,000) as it is characterised as “damages for breach of contract.” However,…
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