The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued Presidential Guidance in force from 3 October, setting out a procedure for judicial assessment in the employment tribunal. Under this procedure, the employment judge will be able to give an impartial and confidential assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ respective claims at an early stage in the proceedings, provided the parties consent. The judge carrying out the assessment will not be involved in the final hearing if the case proceeds. This may serve as a useful reality check of the merits or quantum for some unrepresented claimants.  

Acas has issued guidance for line managers to help run effective teams and on dealing with life-threatening conditions at work, and has updated its dress code guidance in light of research showing discrimination against employees with visible tattoos.  It has also asked for managers and HR professionals to complete a short survey to assist with the production of guidance on the gender pay gap reporting obligation expected to come into force in April 2017.  

The EHRC has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include sharing knowledge, experience and good practice.  

The Government has updated its guidance on calculating the national minimum wage, to reflect the new rates from 1 October 2016.  

We have published the latest in our series of contract disputes practical guides. The guide addresses the impact of Brexit on English law contracts. The core principles of English contract law, such as interpretation of contracts and remedies for breach, will not be affected by Brexit and the key attractions of English law will remain. Brexit may, however, have implications for particular aspects of parties’ contractual relationships, including how certain terms may be interpreted and whether any termination rights may be triggered, and on questions relating to jurisdiction and enforcement of judgments. Our practical guide considers what might change post-Brexit and provides some practical steps that contracting parties can take to protect their position. The guide is available here. The other guides in the series can be accessed from this page of our Litigation Notes blog.