We have seen a significant increase in the number of Employment Law vacancies over the past few months, as result of the persistent employment issues that are making headlines.
Sexual harassment, maternity discrimination and the gender pay gap are driving the need for more companies to be up to date with employment legislation. The Harvey Weinstein scandal, a high-profile case of sexual assault and harassment, created a ripple effect outside of Hollywood, putting the pressure on employers to safeguard their staff and double check their own policies.
Employers are now required to tell staff if they are being monitored on social media. Top European data protection authorities, including Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office, said that “in-employment screening of employees’ social media profiles should not take place on a generalised basis”. With GDPR just around the corner, employers are being warned they should not track their workers’ devices.
New guidance has also been issued regarding pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. Acas announced that they had received more than 14,000 calls about their rights (a 10% increase on the previous year). Firms are being urged to inform those on maternity leave in the loop about various training or promotion opportunities. Statutory rates for paternity, maternity, adoption and shared parental pay are set to rise in April 2018.
In summary, employment legislation is increasing and so is employee awareness about their rights. The two combined has led to the demand for employment law specialists. We can help employers find the right employment law professionals for their business and we can help legal professionals find their next role.
From now and well into 2018, our legal consultants, who all hold law degrees and have worked in the legal sector themselves, will be working closely with clients and candidates to bridge this gap.