Employment tribunals must order equal pay audits

In circumstances where an employment tribunal finds that there has been an equal pay breach in equal pay claims submitted on or after 1 October 2014, it must order the employer to carry out an equal pay audit unless an exception applies such as whether or not the employer has recently carried out an audit that meets certain requirements, and whether or not the benefits delivered by the audit would exceed the disadvantages of conducting it.

Rise in national minimum wage (NMW) rates

From 1 October the NMW is £6.50 per hour (previously £6.31). The youth rate has increased to  £5.13 per hour from £5.03.

Reservists have increased protection against unfair dismissal

From 1 October 2014, where an employee is dismissed exclusively (or mainly) because he or she is a member of reserve force, the normal two-year service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim does not apply. An employee may pursue a claim immediately.

Bring your own device to work – new Government guidance

The Government has issued new guidance (produced by the information security arm of GCHQ, known as CESG) on risk management in the context of "bring your own device" (BYOD), the practice of allowing employees to work using personally-owned devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

The guidance sets out best practice for ensuring device security and network architecture and contains examples of common scenarios that employers may face: for example, the risks of sensitive business emails being stored in a personal cloud.

CESG also recommends that organisations should read its guidance in conjunction with the BYOD security guidance issued by the Information Commissioner's Office

To read the CESG guidance, click here