A number of developments in UK employment law are expected this year. This post takes a look at some of the key changes.

Mandatory gender pay gap reporting

In the UK, on average, women earn less than men. In order to address this issue, and following a lengthy consultation, draft regulations have been published which,

On 28 September 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published final rules on regulatory references. The purpose of the rules is to support the FCA objectives of “consumer protection and market integrity by providing firms with effective tools to better assess individuals fitness and propriety and ensure individuals take greater responsibility for their own conduct.”

Good news for all employers: The German Federal Labour Court has recently reversed the disastrous judgment of the Regional Labour Court of Berlin-Brandenburg concerning the allocation of the burden of proof with regard to assessments in employment references.

Basic principles re employment references

In Germany, upon termination of the employment relationship employees can claim for

To give or not to give, that is often the question. Employment references can present legal risks for employers. Former employees and their subsequent employers may allege claims of negligence in the provision of references. In Canada negligent referencing has yet to be addressed definitively by the courts. However, in the United Kingdom, claims that