Employment and Pensions Law (25 February – 11 March)

Employment News

Railway worker was not entitled to 20-minute breaks, Court of Appeal rules

People Management – 7 March

The Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled that David Crawford, a railway signal box worker, was not entitled to 20-minute breaks. Crawford claimed this was a breach of his human rights, however, those involved in key services such as gas, electricity, water and transportation are ‘special cases’ and may not always take breaks as per the Working Time Regulations.

Virgin Atlantic scraps strict make-up rules for female crew

Employee Benefits – 7 March

Commercial airline Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be eradicating its strict make-up rules for female cabin crew. Women will no longer have to wear make-up whilst on duty, although if they do they must stick to the colour palettes set out in Virgin’s guidelines. Female staff will also be issued with trousers as standard, as opposed to having to request them.

Consultation launched on misuse of confidentiality clauses

Lewis Silkin – 7 March

The government has launched a consultation on confidentiality clauses and non-disclosure agreements in order to prevent their misuse in cases of workplace harassment and discrimination. The consultation will be close on 29 April 2019.

Pensions News

Pension gap UK postcode lottery revealed

FT Adviser – 8 March

According to a study conducted by Profile Pensions, UK women are likely to retire with 40% less income than their male counterparts. The sample of 9,446 customers revealed that salary disparity and sex specific job roles were contributory factors.

UK regulator must face questions on pension costs

The Financial Times – 7 March

Robin Ellison discusses the flaws in the current pensions regulation system. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has argued for more powers, but Ellison argues these powers are already damaging members’ expectations. TPR internal costs have also increased eight-fold in the past decade.

Pressure mounts to tackle state pension age changes

FT Adviser – 6 March

The government is facing increasing pressure from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to introduce transitional arrangements for women affected by an increase in their state pension age. Some women who were preparing to retire at 60 have had to return to work, and campaign group Backto60 is requesting state pension age goes back to 60 for women born in the 1950s.

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