Employment Law Weekly News Update – 30 November 2017

In this edition:

• The Court of Appeal holds that the interpretation of the burden of proof in S.136 of the Equality Act 2010 by the EAT in Efobi v Royal Mail, that the burden should no longer be initially imposed on a claimant, was wrong.
• Acas have published new guidance to help employers create supportive workplaces for women during pregnancy and maternity leave after Acas noted a 10% increase in calls for assistance to their helpline.
• The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations for increases to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage hourly rates, to come into force in April 2018.
• The DWP have published the proposed benefit rates for 2018 to 2019, which will apply from April 2018, with the four family-friendly weekly standard leave payments (SAP, SMP, SPP and SSPP) increasing to £145.18.