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Employers Can Read Employees' Personal Messages - But Only if they have Warned Them

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Employers should warn employees that they might look at their private emails if the circumstances justify it. A social media policy is one way that this warning could be given. Earlier this year, we reported on the Chamber of...

Maternity Leave Issues for Employers

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Maternity leave can give rise to a number of issues for employers. In this blog, we deal with pregnant workers' rights and recent Acas guidance to support parents of sick or premature babies. Pregnant...

How best to support trans employees in the workplace

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Acas, (the Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service), is committed to promoting diversity and respect in the workplace for all employees, regardless of their personal characteristics. The body has recently published a report setting out the latest...

The BBC gender pay gap - and the call for businesses to equalise pay

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The BBC's recent revelations about their gender pay gap is shining a light on the issue of equal pay. Last week, the BBC published the salaries of 96 stars who earn more than £150,000. Claudia Winkleman was one of the few women...

Government dress code guidance expected this summer

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The government has encouraged employers to review their dress codes. Earlier in the year, the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees (the Committees) published their report on high heels and workplace dress codes. You may recall that these two House...

Apprenticeships funding - the new levy comes in force on 6 April

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The government is changing the way it funds apprenticeships in England. The changes will take effect on 6 April 2017 and include the introduction of: the apprenticeship levy; and the apprenticeship...

Employment Law Changes This April To Be Aware Of

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April is always a changing point for employment law and from 1st there are a number of key issues which come into force which employers need to be aware of, including: April 1st National Living Wage . The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations...

Government to clamp down on sexist dress codes

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Commons committees have called for a review into equality legislation to clarify the law and bring in stronger penalties against employers who enforce sexist dress codes. Discriminatory workplace dress codes for women have been in the news again this week...