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Mind the gap across the Atlantic – the gender pay gap in the UK and the US

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Lorraine Heard, legal director at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, sets out the background to the new legal requirement that obliges large UK employers to report their gender pay gaps. Theresa Sprain, partner at Womble Bond...more

The Gender Pay Equity Movement Goes International

by Fisher Phillips on

The national and international spotlight on pay equity is getting brighter by the day. By way of illustration, this post explores two laws that took effect on January 1, 2018, one in California and one in Iceland, and a wage...more

UK Law Firms Report Pay Disparities as Part of “Name and Shame” Regulations

by Fisher Phillips on

As we reported last November, businesses in the UK with 250 or more employees now are required publicly to report differences in pay between men and women on their own websites and also to upload such information to a...more

Power Balance: Energy Companies Face UK Gender Pay Reporting

by King & Spalding on

From April this year, any company with UK operations comprising 250 workers or more will have to publish details of their gender pay gap information. Organisations must publically report how much, on average, is the pay...more

China Has a #MeToo Moment, But Still Lacks Anti-Harassment Enforcement

The #MeToo movement may have spread to China, but the legal landscape still does not provide significant protections to potential victims. On January 1, 2018, a former doctoral student at Beijing’s Beihang University, Luo...more

UK Diversity Matters: The Gender Pay Gap and Gender Equality at Work

by Morgan Lewis on

More than ever, issues of gender equality and pay and sex discrimination in the workplace are at the forefront of public consciousness. Against the backdrop of significant momentum behind the #MeToo movement and other gender...more

R2-Me2? How Should Employers Respond to Job Loss Caused by Robots?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There is no question that the use of robots, along with other similar technological changes in the workplace, will continue to eliminate or downgrade jobs. Indeed, it has been estimated that on average, each workplace robot...more

Iceland’s Pay Equity Law: The Start of a New Approach?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Iceland has been touting gender pay equity legislation as a short-term goal since early last year. So it is no surprise that the country’s new law — which mandates pay equity for males and females – went into effect a few...more

A Sexual Harassment Sea Change for Employers?

Social media supercharges the potential for sexual harassment allegations involving work colleagues and could lead to consequences for employers who fail to act quickly and appropriately. Recent events herald a change in...more

Enforcing Gender Pay Gap Reporting – the proposed approach of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission

by Dechert LLP on

In this OnPoint we report on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals for its approach to enforcing employers’ gender pay gap reporting obligations....more

A Modern Slavery Act For Australia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Over 40 million people around the world are trapped in conditions of modern slavery, according to estimates from the Walk Free Foundation and International Labour Organization, including an estimated 4300 victims “hidden in...more

Overseas Affiliate Not Subject to Title VII Jurisdiction

Employment laws and standards of conduct greatly vary from country to country. U.S. employees working overseas for their U.S. employer generally enjoy the same legal protections as if they were working at home. ...more

How Well Do Your Anti-Harassment Tools Work Overseas?

by Littler on

The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. And this issue is global—the news...more

Employment Flash - November 2017

Recently Passed US Federal, State and Local and International Employment Laws - This November 2017 special edition of the Employment Flash summarizes certain noteworthy U.S. federal, state and local, as well as...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting: The Story So Far

by Morgan Lewis on

In the United Kingdom, gender diversity and equal pay have been hitting the headlines. Halfway through the UK's first gender pay reporting year and with less than six months to go until the deadline for publication of...more

Employment Law Commentary, September 2017 - Volume 29, Issue 9: Workplace Bias And Gender Pay Equity In Silicon Valley 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

It was only a couple of years ago, on March 27, 2015, that a jury rejected Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

Employment News - October 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Border crossing – wide approach to reinstatement - In Dafiaghor-Olomu v Community Integrated Care the EAT found that re-employment might be practicable even though an employer no longer had a place of business in Scotland....more

European Court Limits Workplace Email Monitoring

by Littler on

In its recent Grand Chamber judgment, the European Court of Human Rights held that employers can monitor an employee's email only if they provide advance notice. By a vote of 11-6, the Court found that failure to provide such...more

European Labour & Employment Update - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In this edition, we report from around Europe on some interesting case law developments that affect the way employers manage their employees. The range of issues covered shows that, despite the breadth of directives issued by...more

Employment Flash - September 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including a Texas district court ruling invalidating the Department of Labor's overtime rule; a New York appellate...more

Global Employment Law Update - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Family benefits and discrimination - In this edition of our Global Employment Law Update we look at the provision of different types of maternity, paternity and family leave across the jurisdictions, highlighting areas...more

Labor & Employment Law Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity - Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department...more

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