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Employment Law News Updates

Here we publish information on the latest employment law news stories

The Chancellor presented his Autumn statement to Parliament on 23 November 2016. The key points relevant to employment law are set out in this article.

The Apprenticeship Levy is due to come into effect from 6th April 2017. Whilst only employers with pay bills over £3 million will pay the levy, the new system for accessing funds for apprenticeship and training will mean potential changes for all employers, This detailed note, from Emplaw authors Moorcrofts, covers in detail what the levy means for businesses and what businesses should be doing now in preparation.

The note is found here


The October 2016 edition of Emplaw Monthly reviews the latest employment law news including the current spotlight on the 'gig' economy and the EHRC research report on recruitment in Britain as well as discussion of why the refusal to bake  the ‘gay cake’ was discriminatory, and professional case summaries (for subscribers). 

An article on the new requirements and how Emplaw Online provides the learning to support continuing competence and the tools to record and evaluate it.

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