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Jul
26
2017

Tribunal fees unlawful!
#Employment

The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld Unison's appeal against Tribunal fees finding that the current fee regime is unlawful both under domestic and EU law as it has the effect of preventing access to justice....

Jul
24
2017

Potential increase to damages bands for injury to feelings
#Employment

In discrimination claims (and in some other claims such as those for detrimental treatment following a protected disclosure), claimants...

Jul
20
2017

Taylor Review: Key Proposals
#Employment

The much awaited Taylor Review into modern working practices has been released. It aims to tackle “one-sided flexibility” in favour of employers in the labour market. The key recommendations include:...

Jul
20
2017

Falling through the Gap: BBC posts some surprising pay data
#Employment

The BBC came under fire yesterday after publishing data on their biggest earners. The broadcaster has released a list of their “talent” within the organisation earning over £150,000 per year. Of the 96 who appear on the list two thirds are men. Of the highest earners, 25 men on the list receive more than £250,000 a year whilst just nine women receive over this amount....

Jul
20
2017

Whistleblowing – Court of Appeal considers ‘public interest’ test
#Employment

The Court of Appeal has handed down its much-awaited decision in the case of Chesterton Global v Nurmohamed and, unfortunately for employers, it does not provide the assistance they were hoping for. ...

Jul
19
2017

New Subject Access Request guidance issued
#Employment

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has updated its guidance to its code of practice on subject access requests (SARs) under the Data Protection Act to reflect recent developments in case law....

Jul
19
2017

Employee jailed for breaching court order relating to confidential data
#Employment

An employee has been jailed for 6 weeks for breaching an interim injunction awarded in the case of OCS Group UK v Dadi....

Jul
18
2017

ACAS Early Conciliation – Ensure the correct Respondent is identified!
#Employment

In Giny v SNA Transport Limited, the Claimant brought several claims in the ET against his former employer. Before issuing his ET1 claim form, he contacted ACAS to commence early conciliation...

Jul
14
2017

A 10% uplift to awards for psychiatric injury or injury to feelings arising from discrimination
#Employment

The Court of Appeal in Simmons v Castle, held that the level of damages in certain types of claims should be increased by 10% after 1 April 2013, to reflect the fact that claimants would no longer be able to recover success fees and after the event insurance premiums from Respondents in the civil courts....

Jul
13
2017

Whistle-blowers can receive stigma damages for loss of career, even if they do not specifically request this in their ET claim
#Employment

Unlike ordinary unfair dismissal claims, there is no cap on damages for loss of earnings in a whistle-blowing claim....

Jul
12
2017

Monica Atwal writes for CITY AM on the Taylor Review paves the way for a new labour landscape
#Employment #Press

The Taylor Review offers clear guidance in this current climate of uncertainty: employers need flexible and agile workers, and in reality there are a variety of work arrangements that suit both the individuals and business....

Jul
10
2017

Gig Economy Update
#Employment

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) recently published a report on ‘insecure work’. According to the report, 3.2 million people in the UK currently have ‘insecure work’ which was defined as being engaged:...

Jul
10
2017

Appeal: No reasons for decision? No witnesses called? No problem!
#Employment

In the case of Elmore v The Governors of Darland High School, the EAT upheld the decision of the ET that the dismissal of a mathematics teacher on capability grounds was fair, despite the fact that the school’s appeal panel gave no reasons for its decision and none of its members were called as witnesses at tribunal....

Jul
07
2017

How to avoid getting hot and bothered on summer employment issues
#Employment

In December, law firms like to write advice on dealing with employment issues that may arise over the festive period, but the summer in its own way can create just as many pitfalls....

Jun
30
2017

Scottish Government report suggests raise in care worker wages would help close gender pay gap
#Employment

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee has published its gender pay gap report, “No Small Change”. It contains a number of recommendations for devolved powers to be used to close the gender pay gap....

Jun
30
2017

Save money. Live to regret it?
#Employment

Last week (in Farmah & ors v Birmingham City Council & ors) the EAT gave an important Judgement in five different multiple equal pay claims, including the large scale claims against Asda....

Jun
30
2017

TUPE may apply on share sale if purchaser “steps into the shoes” of the employer
#Employment

On a share sale, it is easy to presume that TUPE will not apply as the employer remains the same and it is just the ownership that changes. In the recent case of ICAP Management Services Limited v Berry & BGC, the High Court looked at the circumstances in which a transfer could arise....

Jun
23
2017

Queen’s Speech: Proposed measures relating to Employment Law
#Employment

Her Majesty has outlined the legislative agenda for the coming two years in Parliament. As the Conservative Party failed to obtain a majority in the recent general election, many manifesto promises were scaled down or scrapped entirely....

Jun
23
2017

Employment status disputes could lead to holiday pay headache
#Employment

If the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) follow the Advocate General’s recent opinion on holiday entitlement, for those wrongly classified as self-employed, businesses who dispute entitlement to paid annual leave could face large pay outs....

Jun
23
2017

First-tier Tribunal gives guidance on monetary penalties for data protection breaches
#Employment

In LAD Media Ltd v ICO, a monetary penalty by the ICO for unsolicited marketing texts has been reduced on appeal by the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights)....

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