In this month’s Workplace Law we discuss whether employers can make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory and what considerations need to be made. We give a summary of the gender pay gap reporting results that would normally be published on 5 April each year but as a result of the pandemic, employers were given until 5 October 2021 to report their figures for 2020/2021. We also highlight why it is so important for employers to offer menopause support, and how they can do this, following a rise in cases where the menopause is referenced in employment tribunals.
Can employers make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory?
The government have already made the vaccine mandatory for staff in the care sector, with workers needing to be double-jabbed by 11 November 2021 (unless they qualify for an exemption).
Gender pay gap reporting and what employers can do to close the gap
Since April 2017, private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees have been legally required to publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap by the 4 April each year.
Why is it so important that employers offer menopause support?
The 18 October marked World Menopause Day, which aims to help raise awareness of the menopause and support for those going through it.