It’s June, supposedly the first month of summer and warm, long, sunny days. However, if like us you don’t remember any of these lately, then keep in mind that June is National Smile Month and cheer yourselves up by reading our latest update on HR/Employment law news! Although smiles may fade when we mention Brexit, at least we can update you on dates and timescales for the EU Settlement Scheme. We also have useful guidance from the Government on the gender pay gap and promoting female talent; from the TUC on pregnancy, breastfeeding & health & safety; and from ACAS on neurodiversity in the workplace.
In our case update we bring news on holiday pay and voluntary overtime, knowledge of disability at appeal and discriminatory dismissal, and that paying statutory shared parental leave pay is not discriminatory to men.
Apart from some yoga and topping up my fake tan, I have been advising on several cases involving allegations of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Fortunately, I was able to advise the various employers seeking advice that they had done nothing wrong. Unfortunately, many employers are not so conscientious.
Quite rightly, a light has been shone into this area by both Government (looking at improving protections as work for pregnant women and new parents) and various charities and support groups like the Maternity Alliance and Pregnant then Screwed.
As a working mum myself it is an area that I have always had an interest in. When I was a new trainee solicitor many years ago I was tasked with giving a talk to staff at the law firm I worked at on maternity rights. I thought a few employment lawyers would turn up if that. I was staggered when pretty much every female member of staff attended to hear my slightly trembling words. This was over 25 years ago and there wasn’t that much information around. Thankfully there is now.
In discussing this with my colleague Tamsin, we both agreed that we have lots to share – both to employers and employees – on this topic. So – watch out for a new series of blogs that will be hitting your screens from next month. In the first one, Tamsin is going to be focussing specifically on pregnancy discrimination.
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