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Gender pay gap – draft guidance is published

With gender pay gap reporting obligations almost upon us, the Government Equalities Office and ACAS this week published their draft guidance (Guidance). The Guidance is a step-by-step guide for employers on the types of data they need to publish and how they should calculate gender pay gaps prior to publication.

The first snapshot date is 5 April 2017 (which is earlier than initially indicated). Prior to this date relevant employers (i.e. those with 250 or more employees) should become familiar with the Guidance and implement a few trial calculations in readiness.

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When the ACAS Code applies

The Acas Code on Discipline and Grievance provides guidance for employers on procedures to follow when dealing with employee grievances or discipline. Failure to follow the Code can result in a successful Claimant receiving an uplift of up to 25% on the compensation they receive at Employment Tribunal. The Acas Code applies where employees are disciplined for misconduct or poor performance and does not apply to redundancy procedure. However, there remained uncertainty as to the other types of case in which the Acas Code should be followed. Two recent cases shed some light on this.

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Acas welcomes Enterprise Bill

Employment relations body Acas has welcomed the publication of the Enterprise Bill, and the resulting role expansion given to the organisation.

Ed Sweeney, Acas Chair said:”We welcome Government plans that all potential employment tribunal claims will be offered early conciliation with Acas.

“This is the beginning of the legal process to enable all potential claims to a tribunal to come to Acas first to try and settle the disagreement before a claim is lodged at a tribunal. If conciliation didn’t resolve the matter an employee can still make a claim to a tribunal.

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