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Back to work – autumn edition

Published: 4th October 2017

Author: Fudia Smartt

The days are becoming shorter and there is a chill in the air. It’s official; autumn has now started. As we return from the haze of summer holidays, our autumn newsletter should help you get back into the swing of all things employment law related.

We are fortunate to have a guest article from Jayne Cox of Fusion Spaces on employee wellbeing and the need to maintain this, particularly after restorative summer breaks. Jane Wheeler shall be discussing such matters and more at this year’s Wellbeing at Work conference. Before then, Jane will also be speaking about agile working at an event with Mercer on 5 October.

In addition, Claire Dewhurst has prepared an interesting opinion piece on the gender pay gap and discusses whether biology as opposed to discrimination is its key cause. Claire also provides sage advice on how employers can seek to address such issues. Having regard to the furore following the BBC pay disclosure, this is a topical issue of which employers need to be aware.

In case you missed it, we also have a helpful summary by Holly Hobson on the EAT judgment in Government Legal Services v Brookes where it was held that the use of a multiple choice psychometric test placed the claimant (who suffers from Asperger’s) at a particular disadvantage which was not justified. The claimant’s disability discrimination claim was therefore successful on this basis.

We also have a spotlight piece on the much anticipated General Data Protection Regulations and the key changes to data protections laws that you need to be aware of.

Further, this edition includes an in-depth report on the Supreme Court decision in Walker v Innospec, which has confirmed that same-sex civil partners and spouses are entitled to the same pension on the death of their partner or spouse as heterosexual couples. This article was first published in this month’s Employment Law Journal. If you believe your business may be impacted by this decision – please get in touch! That’s all for now. I shall be speaking about key employment law considerations for start-ups at the Institute of Directors Central London Youth Forum on 5 October. Be great to see you there!

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