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Samar Shams considers how employers and their advisers should prepare for Brexit, possible restrictions on travel to the US and higher fees to sponsor migrant workers

The meaning of Brexit has changed continuously since the British referendum to leave the EU nine months ago and will continue to do so. This article focuses on how employers can ensure their businesses’ fitness for the future in a shifting immigration landscape.

Andrew Taggart, Anna Henderson and Hannah White examine the long-awaited final regulations and draft guidance introducing gender pay gap reporting for large companies

Almost two years after the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 was passed enabling gender pay gap reporting to be introduced, the final form regulations were at last approved by Parliament at the end of January and come into force on 6 April this year. Private sector employers with 250 or more employees will need to take their first snapshot of pay data on 5 April 2017 and publish it no later than 4 April 2018. Similar requirements (not covered by this article) apply to public sector employers, but with a first snapshot date of 31 March 2017. On 29 January 2017, Acas and the Government Equalities Office (GEO) jointly published non-statutory guidance (stated to be in draft pending parliamentary approval for the regulations, but no substantive changes are expected).

A host of legal decisions, reviews and reports is calling into question the notion that workers such as Uber drivers and couriers are self-employed, writes Natalie Razeen

Frank Field MP, chairman of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee, did not mince his words when he described the growing gig economy (in which workers are paid by the job, or ‘gig’) as sulphurous and representing to many:

Nikeeta Mahay rounds up recent case law and developments affecting employers and their advisers

Liz Parkin outlines a recent EAT decision which offers clear guidance on the obligation to provide workers with a rest break

The Working Time Directive (WTD) requires that all EU workers should have ‘adequate rest periods’. In particular, Art 4 provides that:

Mark Stevens reviews four EAT decisions on the requirements around medical evidence in disability cases and on what amounts to a disability

The autumn and winter of 2016 saw a flurry of disability discrimination decisions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that are likely to have an impact on employment law in 2017 and beyond.

Alex Bearman considers the findings of a recent report on whether the legislation which protects religious freedoms is striking the right balance

The laws which seek to protect people from religious discrimination continue to ignite controversy about how far that protection should go. Should an employer with a religious ethos have the right to refuse to employ an individual on religious grounds? Should employees have the right to opt out of work duties which conflict with their religious views? Should an organisation have the right to refuse to carry advertising which promotes a religious message?

Calls have been growing for employees who suffer the loss of a child or other close relative to be entitled to paid time off, report Anna Byford and Marian Bloodworth

As the spate of celebrity deaths in 2016 showed, life is unpredictable and in some cases tragically short. Loved ones, friends and family members can be taken away from us through illness or an accident, sometimes very unexpectedly. At such times, it is natural for employees to look to their employers for understanding, support and some time away from work to make practical arrangements and to grieve. But does the law adequately look after them at this difficult time?