It’s March and in keeping with the spirit of Spring, we’re leaping forward a month into April to see what changes are in store for employers. We also step backwards into March to reflect on the budget and its key announcements for employers. We update you further on the Government’s gender pay gap plans and the ECHR’s guidance on avoiding unlawful discrimination in advertisements. In our case update this month, we focus on the latest EAT decision on holiday pay and commission, whether childcare vouchers can be suspended during maternity leave and the extent of an employer’s vicarious liability for the acts of its staff.
I’m continuing to do a lot of work on the Gender Pay Gap and I’m sure you’re already aware of our audit & advice service for that. I and our new colleague Anne-Marie have been working on getting ourselves ready to support you with the Modern Slavery policy requirements, not just for large employers who need to issue the policy statements themselves but also for smaller business down the supply chain, who are about to receive lots of questions from their customers and clients about what the suppliers are doing themselves to stamp out slavery conditions.