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2018 employment law changes and updates

As we approach the end of 2018, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on this year’s biggest employment law changes and how they may affect your business.

We have analysed each of these updates in much more detail in the October edition of our biannual employment law update, which you can download for free here.

Employment tribunal reform

As part of an ongoing reform programme, a new employment tribunal service will be developed. We have evaluated exactly what is going to be reviewed in the October 2018 edition of our biannual employment law update. HM Courts and Tribunals service expects to start work on this project in 2020 and it is expected to conclude by mid-2021.

Discrimination and religious views: the cake case

In our October 2018 update, we analyse a recent case that was held in the Supreme Court, where a Christian baker refused to bake a cake for a homosexual couple’s wedding.

Disability discrimination

We analyse the recent case of Mutombo -v- Angard Staffing Solutions in our employment law update, which looked into whether an employee can establish disability grounds without there being evidence of how that disability impacts their day-to-day activities.

The reform of termination payments and payment in of lieu notice payments

From Friday 06 April 2018, updated regulations around terminations were introduced by the government. In our October 2018 employment law update, we analyse the changes that came into effect and offer you guidance on the treatment of termination payments and payment in lieu notice payments.

Philosophical belief discrimination

The case of Gray -v- Mulberry evaluated whether copyright is a philosophical belief and thus a protected characteristic. You can find an analysis of this case in our October 2018 update.

Suspension: a neutral act?

The case of Agoreyo -v- London Borough of Lamberth looked into whether suspension is a neutral act or whether suspending an employee implies that they are guilty of the alleged misconduct. You can read more about this teacher suspension case in our employment law update.

The introduction of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 will give all employed parents a statutory right to two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The Women and Equalities Commission (a parliamentary committee) has produced its report on sexual harassment in the workplace. You can read about the report and its recommendations in our October 2018 update.

Mental health in the workplace

CIPD and Mind have launched a mental health guide for managers to help them to improve their response to issues of poor mental health in the workplace. You can find out more information about this guide in our employment law update.

The updated Data Protection Act

Since the new Data Protection Act was introduced in May 2018, there has been a significant spike in the number of complaints received by the Information Commission Officer.

Want more information?

If you have any questions about the recent changes in employment law or managing employees, please contact our Employment Law & HR team on 01332 340 211.

For more information about each of the issues mentioned in this article, download our employment law update.

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