Government promises crackdown on ‘unscrupulous’ employers that fail to pay minimum wage

__   But reports suggest no companies ‘named and shamed’ over low pay since 2013 have faced criminal challenges Employers that pay staff less than the minimum wage could soon face tougher penalties, as a new government role has been created to lead the crackdown on rogue businesses. Sir David Metcalf, the newly appointed labour… Continue reading

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Businesses ‘still failing to address maternity pay penalties’

___   Pay parity approaching for women in their 20s, new figures suggest, but gap remains significant after childbirth Female employees in their twenties have seen a significant narrowing of the gender pay gap over the past two generations and are now paid 5 per cent less than men, according to a new report from… Continue reading

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What employers should be looking out for in 2017

__   New regulations and cases to watch It seems rash to make firm predictions after the events of last year, although employment law change seems more likely to be a case of ‘steady as she goes’ than ‘full steam ahead’ in 2017. Nevertheless, organisations should be prepared for several important legislative and case law… Continue reading

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Firms ask employees to ‘do more’ to counter escalating wage costs

__   ‘Pay rises don’t come for free’ says analyst, as report finds employers have raised productivity and prices in response to increased national living wage Employers in low-paying sectors, such as retail, cleaning and hospitality, have found alternative ways to manage the increased cost of the national living wage (NLW), a new report by… Continue reading

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Businesses ‘unaware’ tribunal verdicts will be made public in 2017

___   Fear of reputational damage may encourage settlements; danger of ‘blacklisting’ of previous litigants, says lawyer Employers have yet to fully consider the implications of a major shift in the reporting of employment tribunal verdicts, according to legal experts who fear companies could feel compelled to settle out of court, or might even introduce… Continue reading

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