Guidance (2): Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association has published a leaflet (available here), that contains information and advice for employers on how to support staff affected by miscarriage during their employment. It includes information on the signs and symptoms of miscarriage, suggestions of how to deal with an employee’s time off work and return to work.  It also summarises…
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Guidance (1): ECHR on sexual harassment

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has issued up-to-date practical guidance (available here), which explains employers’ legal responsibilities and the practical steps they should take to prevent and respond to harassment and victimisation at work. The guidance also provides advice for workers to help them understand the law and their employer’s obligations to prevent…
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Data Protection: ICO Data Hub & Subject Access Requests

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1. Data Hub The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a data protection web hub (available here) for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The hub contains: an assessment SMEs and sole traders can use to measure their businesses’ standard of data protection; FAQs related to data protection; hot topics for small businesses; guidance and tools…
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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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ACAS Guidance: Neurodiversity in the Workplace

ACAS has published guidance (available here) to help employers learn about neurodiversity and to suggest changes that can be made in the workplace to better support ‘neurodivergent’ staff. ‘Neurodiversity’ refers to the way an individual’s brain works and interprets information.  ‘Neuro-normal’ or ‘neuro-typical’ was originally coined in the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) community for someone…
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Government Reforms (2):  Gender Pay Gap & Promoting Female Talent

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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Guidance: Recruiting & managing staff with a disability or health condition

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The Government (DWP) has published practical guidance for line managers (available here) concerning the recruitment, management and development of people with a disability or health condition. The guidance covers the role of the line manager in workplace adjustments, language, behaviour and sickness absence. In collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the…
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Newsflash: Government & ACAS guidance on national minimum wage & sex discrimination

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Calculating the minimum wage – updated Government guidance As we updated you in our March 2016 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Spring changes – are you ready?, from 1 April 2016, the National Living Wage applies to workers aged 25 and over.The Government, BIS, has now updated their guidance, available here, on helping employers comply with…
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Newsflash: Government guidance on 1) HMRC checks and 2) Recognising potential

1. HMRC National Minimum Wage factsheet HM Revenue and Customs has published a factsheet, available here, to give guidance to employers about the checks that HMRC carry out to make sure that employers are paying workers at least the national minimum wage. Just as a reminder, a new mandatory National Living Wage of £7.20 per…
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