WorkLife entries posted during May 2015

Do you have to pay your nanny a pension? Pensions auto-enrolment for small employers

Do you have to pay your nanny a pension? Pensions auto-enrolment for small employers

If you employ at least one member of staff and pay them via payroll (even if they are family), you will be affected by the pensions auto-enrolment rules introduced by the coalition government, which require all employers to provide and contribute into a pension for their staff. The obligation for small employers (those with between 1 and 49 staff) is being phased in over the next two years, starting next month. You can find out your “staging date” (the deadline for enrolling your staff into a...

Indirect discrimination – health and safety issues around wearing of jilbabs at work

Indirect discrimination – health and safety issues around wearing of jilbabs at work

I read about this case with interest and rather than summarising it anew, Frank Cranmer from Law and Religion UK has kindly permitted us to link to his article on it here. Jilbabs as trip-hazards: Begum v Pedagogy Auras UK Ltd

New employment provisions effective from today

New employment provisions effective from today

I kept the headline deliberately broad, in an effort to entice you to read on….but in reality, you, like many, may feel that the first provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 to come into effect (via today’s commencement order are something of a damp squib. 

Let them [order] cake! A Northern Irish perspective on competing protected characteristics

Let them [order] cake!  A Northern Irish perspective on competing protected characteristics

As a lover of both cake and equality law, I am delighted that we now have a case dealing with both.   The facts of the now famous “gay cake row” in Northern Ireland are as follows: the Claimant is a gay man and is associated with QueerSpace, an LGBT rights organisation in Northern Ireland.   He decided to order a cake for an event celebrating anti-homophobia week.  He placed an order at a local, family-run bakery for a cake iced with a graphic of Bert and Ernie, the logo of QueerSpace and a...