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Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

Click here for an article by Moorcrofts following the recently reported case of Snell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited where the ET found that the employer’s policy of offering enhanced shared parental leave pay to mothers but not to fathers or the mother’s partner amounted to sex discrimination. This article explores the grounds for the decision and its potential impact for other employers.

Moorcrofts are authors of Emplaw Online content on Contracts of Employment. 

Employers often lack some of the knowledge to help them treat mothers fairly. This was among the findings of recent research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This article focuses on one part of that jigsaw, namely the employer's health and safety obligations to pregnant women and breast feeding mothers. Meanwhile the recent ET finding of indirect sex discrimination against easyJet is a reminder of the employment law consequences of failing to comply.

A note by Penningtons Manches (authors of Emplaw Online content) about the background to and the proposed consultation on whether to include caste as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act.

The note is found here 

The End of Summer 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes reports on current consultations on salary sacrifice, on extending the gender pay gap reporting obligations to the public sector and the response to the consultation on the tax and NI treatment of termination payments, as well as professional case summaries (for subscribers). 

An incisive article by Emplaw Online authors,Gowling WLG .It follows the introduction of the Pensions Regulator's new Code of Practice on money purchase benefits and accompanying Guides which came into force on 28 July 2016. These apply to all money purchase benefits in occupational pension schemes, including Additional Voluntary Contributions in otherwise defined benefit schemes.


Members of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) may be interested to read an article by Emplaw's Legal Content Director entitled Toughening Up On Immigration: What You Should Know. The article includes an up to date review of the key legislation which employment specialists need to understand. It is published in the August 2016 edition of the hard copy magazine and online at


The July 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly reports on updated guidance on employing disabled people and updated policy on enforcement of the  National Minimum Wage as well as professional case summaries (for subscribers). It links to the interview with Emplaw's Director of Legal Content and Marketing  reported in Lawyer Monthly and to useful information for employers and employees on state benefits.

This month we’re proud to be featured in the specialist global magazine Lawyer Monthly. Read the feature report and interview with Claire Perry, Director, Legal Content and Marketing at Emplaw Online, for an insight into some of the main issues facing employment law in the UK today. Claire discusses the difficulties commonly faced by lawyers and HR managers in this complex and ever-evolving sector. She explains the battle to demystify employment law and discusses controversial issues such as gender pay equality and the challenges presented by TUPE.

A summary of the provisions in force from 12th July 2016

The June 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly includes reports on the coming into force of various sections of the Immigration Act 2016 and of the Psychoactive Substances Act, as well as professional case summaries (for subscribers).. It links to our article on what Brexit means for employment law, and a discussion of the AG’s opinion in the case of Samira Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV.