August 2016 Archive

Persistent gender pay gap a concern

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A "wage penalty" for mothers and differences in promotion rates between men and women are significant factors in the persistent gender pay gap according to two recently published reports. The report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), shows that the hourly wages of female employees are around 18% lower than men's on average. This indicates some progress because the wages were 23% lower in 2003 and 28% lower in 1993. This relatively good news ends there. More …

Avoiding a Sports Direct scenario: The legalities of rest breaks and pay

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In the wake of revelations about the working practices of Sports Direct and recent criticisms of it by a parliamentary committee in the House of Commons, Vicky Schollar, Senior Solicitor in the Employment law team, looks at the law surrounding rest breaks and pay. More …

Insolvency rules 2016

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The Insolvency Service have recently announced that the Insolvency Rules 2016 ("the Rules") are to be laid before Parliament in October 2016. Provided that the proposed Rules are approved by Parliament, they are likely to come into force in April 2017. So, what are the changes and what is this likely to mean for Insolvency Practitioners? More …

Sports Direct triumphs over cybersquatter

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A recent case demonstrates that a speedy and economic resolution can be achieved through domain name complaints, and that jurisdictional issues can be overcome, says Jill Bainbridge of Blake Morgan. More …