Policy News Journal - 2016-17

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Workplace experts, Acas, have published a new guide to help employers and managers identify, tackle and prevent sex discrimination in the workplace.

From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, the Acas helpline dealt with 7,175 calls related to sex discrimination in the workplace. 91% of these calls were from employees and 8.3% of these calls were from employers. Of the employee calls, 78.7% were from women and 21.2% were from men.

The new guidance will help employers and managers get to grips with the laws around equality and to be aware of any behaviour that could be considered as sex discrimination.

The new Acas guide Sex discrimination: key points for the workplace covers the basics of sex discrimination as defined within the Equality Act.

Sex discrimination can apply to men or women. It can happen between members of the opposite sex but it is also just as unlawful for a man to discriminate against another man as it is for a woman to discriminate against another woman due to their sex.

The guidance includes best practice advice around how to deal with the six common workplace areas where sex discrimination can occur.

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Enterprise Bill becomes law 6 May 2016

The Enterprise Bill has now received parliamentary approval (Royal Assent) and becomes the Enterprise Act.

The package of measures in the Act will help the government deliver on many of its commitments, from cutting red tape and tackling late payment to boosting the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

The Enterprise Act includes measures to:

 establish a Small Business Commissioner to help small firms resolve issues such as late payment  include the actions of regulators in the government’s £10 billion deregulation target and increase transparency through annual reporting requirements  extend the successful Primary Authority scheme to make it easier for businesses to access consistent, tailored and assured advice from local authorities, giving them greater confidence to invest and grow  protect and strengthen the apprenticeship brand, introduce targets for apprenticeships in public sector bodies in England, and establish an Institute for Apprenticeships – an independent, employer-led body that will make sure apprenticeships meet the needs of business  create a legal obligation for insurers to pay claims to businesses within a reasonable time.

Additional measures under the Enterprise Act will:


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