Mon 04 Feb 2019

New Legislation, Guidance & Consultations - February 2019

We look at recently published guidance for employers on age discrimination, performance management, payslips and flexible working.

ACAS have published two new guides for employers in the last month.  The first covers age discrimination and how to prevent it occurring in the workplace.  In addition to providing a general overview, there are links to an age discrimination guide -  "key points for the workplace" -  and factsheets setting out considerations for employers to reduce the chance of age discrimination happening and also the top ten age discrimination myths

ACAS have also published a guidance on performance management with tips on how to get it right, measuring performance and maintaining effective performance management arrangements and developing staff.

In advance of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement)(Amendment)(No.2) Order 2018 coming into force on 6 April  2019, BEIS has published guidance aimed at helping employers and workers understand the new rights and entitlements.  In addition to setting out the entitlement for workers to receive an itemised payslip and explaining the requirement to show hours on payslips where pay varies by time, the guidance also contains some useful case studies. 

The Flexible Working Task Force, a partnership between government, trade unions, charities and business groups such as the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chartered Management Institute, has published new guidance as part of an initiative to assist employers with championing flexible working in their own businesses.  The guidance includes assistance in making a business case for flexible working and how to identify jobs that can be worked flexibly and hiring staff to fill them.  Promotion of the initiative coincides with a new report from the CIPD who, along with BEIS, co-chair the task force, called  Megatrends: Flexible Working which has identified that while home working has increased in recent years, the number of employees using formal flexible working arrangements has stagnated since 2010.


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