Employment Law Weekly News Update – 19 October 2017

In this edition:

· A Bill has been introduced into Parliament giving a day-one right to 2 weeks’ parental bereavement leave following the death of a child aged under 18, plus bereavement pay for those with 26 weeks’ service.
· An ET awards £10,000 for injury to feelings after upholding an employee’s claims of sexual harassment having found that a manager had made unwanted comments about her breasts and her bottom.
· The Cabinet Office have published a report providing a summary of the main findings from the first release of data from the Race Disparity Audit and have set up an ethnicity facts and figures service website.
· The results from the ONS May 2017 survey of businesses indicated that there were 1.4m zero hours contracts in place, representing 5% of all employment contracts, 300,000 less than in 2016, representing a drop of 17%.