Employment News

The Gender Pay Gap and the impact of COVID-19
The Gender Pay Gap is the difference in the average pay of men and women across the labour market. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2019 women were paid on average 17.9% less than men.
Home schooling for working parents - options for employers and employees
Working parents are yet again having to cope with juggling home schooling and working during the latest coronavirus lockdown. What options do employers and employees have? And how can employers support their employees in create a working balance?
Lockdown 3.0 and the Job Retention Scheme – New Year, new issues for employers
A new lockdown for England has been announced and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS#2) has been extended until 30 April 2021- Emma O’Connor, Head of Training, asks what does the new lockdown measures mean for businesses as we start 2021?
Long-term impact of furlough
The Government’s furlough scheme has been extended to April 2020. How will this impact on employees and are redundancies inevitable?
Leisure and Hospitality: The new Immigration System
It’s been a tough year for the Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism industry and for many employers focus has understandably been on survival during the Covid Crisis. However, in less than two weeks a new Immigration System comes into force. For an industry which places a heavy reliance on European Workers the impact of this will be significant.  Claire Taylor- Evans, looks at what this means for Leisure and Hospitality employers – both for their existing employees and their future recruitment needs – in the post Brexit era. 
Did you know?
For this week’s newsletter, Emma O’Connor asks: did you know
Are you “Zoomed out”?
Back to back video meetings are tiring – but why? Emma O’Connor asks why some are suffering from “zoom fatigue” and looks at how we can build resilience at work and improve our meeting momentum?
Recruiting and Protecting Employees in a Pandemic
We have all welcomed the good news of a vaccine that will be available imminently. There is hope that life will return to some form of normality at some point in the New Year. Many businesses have been badly affected by the pandemic, others have faired better.
Can cost ever be a legitimate aim that justifies indirect discrimination?
Indirect discrimination occurs when a provision, criterion or practice (‘PCP’) places, or would place, individuals with a protected characteristic at a substantial disadvantage. Unlike other forms of discrimination, indirect discrimination may be justified if the employer can demonstrate that the PCP was a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. Katie Harris, asks whether cost could be a justification?
Further extension to the Job Retention Scheme until 31 April 2021 announced and – new Guidance and Treasury Direction published
A new month long lockdown for England is now in full swing and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS#2) has been extended until March 2021- Emma O’Connor asks what does the new guidance and Treasury Direction mean for employers and their employees and what does the new guidance published on 10 November 2020 mean for employers?

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