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Employers need to be alive to their responsibilities and potential liabilities as the government’s focus on workplace sexual harassment continues

In a move which continues to demonstrate the government’s commitment to tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, and reinforces the importance which employers need to attach to this issue, the Government Equalities Office has published a consultation paper today which explores the existing protections for workers and how these could potentially be strengthened. This step is the latest in a series of high profile inquiries into workplace sexual harassment, and follows the government’s earlier consultation on Measures to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination (for which a response is still awaited), plus a …

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Government response to consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay regulations

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent on 13 September 2018. The Act will come into force in April 2020 and will create a statutory right to time off work for employed parents, with pay where eligibility requirements are met, following the loss of a child. The Act will be supported by Regulations which will implement the key details of the Government’s policy on parental bereavement leave and pay. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a public consultation on what the Regulations will need to cover on 28 March 2018. The public consultation …

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Government consultation on mandatory ethnicity pay reporting

A consultation has been launched asking employers to contribute their views on  implementing mandatory ethnicity pay reporting. It sets out options and asks questions on what ethnicity pay information should be reported by employers to allow for meaningful action,  who should be expected to report, and the next steps to be taken. In previous discussions, the Government stated that it preferred voluntary, business led ethnicity reporting, but given the small number of employers reporting and the different methodologies that have been adopted, it now believes that it is necessary to implement mandatory reporting. What ethnicity information should be reported? The …

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