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Aug
22
2012

Selecting an appropriate pool in a redundancy situation
#Employment

In the case of Wrexham Golf Co Ltd v Ingham the Employment Appeal Tribunal commented on the reasonableness of an employer making an employee redundant from a ‘pool of one`....

Aug
17
2012

UK bill of rights commission: second public consultation
#Employment

Last year the commission on the bill of rights consulted the public on whether the UK needed a new human rights instrument.  The reason for this was due to an ongoing concern that the Human Rights Act (HRA) which was introduced in 1998 was no longer effective.  In 2007 the Labour Government, with the support of other political parties began to consult on building on the Human Rights Act to create...

Aug
16
2012

Constitutional right to equality under further consideration in Bill of Rights review
#Employment

Last year the commission on the bill of rights consulted the public on whether the UK needed a new human rights instrument.  At the time it was thought by many that the consultation document lacked the required detail for the public to comment meaningfully.  The consultation process closed in November 2011 and the responses were published.  It has been surprising to note that the commission is...

Aug
15
2012

Another constructive dismissal question: can an honest mistake still put employer in breach?
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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently considered whether an employer committed a fundamental breach of contract when it mistakenly interpreted the meaning of a contractual document.  This was the issue in Roberts -v- The Governing Body of Whitecross School.   The facts Mr Roberts had worked for Whitecross School for a number of years and went on sick leave due to work-related stress and...

Aug
14
2012

Jaguar Land Rover create 1,000 new jobs and go to 24 hour working
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Last night saw the start of 24 hour working at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood, Merseyside.  1,000 new jobs and three shifts have been created to cover the 24 hours.    This is all thanks to the success of Land Rovers` Evoque and Freelander 2 models, particularly favoured by the Chinese and Russian markets.   Land Rover previously operated two shifts, but has introduced this third sh...

Aug
14
2012

EU proposal requiring employers to measure "psychological health" of staff
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New rules are currently being drafted which stipulate that employers who are planning job cuts will have to measure the "psychosocial health" of staff.  This will essentially mean that it will be mandatory for businesses planning on making job cuts to measure how happy their staff are before and after redundancy and help those worse affected into new job, under draft EU proposals. It is envisag...

Aug
09
2012

Seven Cameroonian athletes missing from Olympic village
#Employment

Britain introduced immigration rules for the Olympics that allow competitors, their coaches and families to stay in the UK until early November. While the disappearance of seven Cameroonian athletes has therefore not broken any British immigration rules, their disappearance has received widespread attention in Cameroon with people commenting that the news is embarrassing to the country. The fiv...

Aug
09
2012

Discrimination - comparator need not be in identical circumstances
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In the case of Hewage v Grampian Health Board the Supreme Court have confirmed the approach a tribunal should take in deciding cases of discrimination. The claimant was a dentist at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and claimed that she had been bullied and harassed because she was a Sri Lankan woman. Unfair constructive dismissal was conceded by the respondent. The tribunal found that she had been...

Aug
09
2012

Curing the mutual trust and confidence relationship
#Employment

A recent case concerning hot heads in the kitchen may be of interest to Gordon Ramsay. In Assamoi v Spirit Pub Company (Services) Ltd the EAT held that even though an employer cannot cure a breach of trust and confidence, it can prevent a situation escalating into a breach of trust and confidence by apologising....

Aug
08
2012

Work for welfare is not slave labour says High Court
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The Department for Work and Pensions` back-to-work schemes, criticised as "slavery" or "forced labour" by some opponents, were ruled lawful by the High Court this week. To help recipients back to work, individuals are required to participate in these schemes that involve them providing unpaid work. A failure to participate in the scheme can result in a loss of job seekers allowance. In R (on beh...

Aug
06
2012

Government rolls out Electronic Fit Note (eMed)
#Employment

The Government`s Electronic Fit Note (eMed) began its roll out from July 2012 and is expected to be completed by early 2013.  The eMed is a soft copy version of The Statement of Fitness for Work (Fit Note) to be used by GP practices....

Aug
02
2012

Major changes to employment tribunal system: will claimants get over the hurdles?
#Employment

Whilst much focus has been on 2012 and creating sporting history, the government has been tackling another challenge of Olympic proportions - reforming the heavily burdened tribunal system. Judging by the preparations under way, 2013 is looking to be a decisive year for changes that could see early conciliation come out on top....

Aug
02
2012

Rise in number of graduates working for free
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A report published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority has shown that the number of graduates going into unpaid employment or voluntary work has increased by 23% in the past year, and more than tripled since 2003....

Aug
01
2012

Dramatic fall in workplace pensions
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently conducted an Employer`s Pension Provision survey.  This tracks the number of people in workplace pensions.  The survey has revealed that only a quarter of private sector workers are active members of their employers` pension schemes.  However, it has also come to light that only three in ten private sector companies offer any pension provi...

Jul
27
2012

Olympics strike called off
#Employment

Further to our blog on the government`s plans to block strike action by public sector workers on the eve of the Olympics, the strike has now been called off....

Jul
26
2012

Annual leave during summer holidays - should parents be given priority?
#Employment

Few topics provoke more argument in the workplace than the question of how holiday requests are granted to accommodate a wide range of staff with differing child care or other family responsibilities. Is there a "holiday hogger" in your workplace? What about the school summer holidays? Employees are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks` paid annual leave.  The process for granting annual leave requests...

Jul
26
2012

Greek triple jumper expelled from London 2012 following racist tweet
#Employment

Greek triple jumper, Voula Papachristou, has been expelled by the Greek Olympic Committee from competing in London 2012 after tweeting a racist joke.   Voula`s tweet: "With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!" has sparked outrage and huge criticism across the social media networks.  Despite having issued a lengthy apology the Greek Olympic Comm...

Jul
26
2012

Worker status - can a "self-employed" surgeon actually be a worker?
#Employment

In the case of Hospital Medical Group Ltd v Westwood, the Court of Appeal commented on how to decide whether an individual is a "worker" rather than a self-employed contractor....

Jul
26
2012

Sick workers and annual leave - does a request for leave have to be made?
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The Court of Appeal has given a judgment in NHS Leeds-v- Larner, an important case on the law surrounding annual leave....

Jul
25
2012

Dress code: should religious symbols be allowed in the workplace?
#Employment

The Prime Minister has recently pledged to "change the law" to allow people to wear religious symbols in the workplace in relation to a discussion regarding the case of Eweida v British Airways Plc [2009]. Nadia Eweida was a former British Airways (BA) employee. She was asked to go home by BA for wearing a visible crucifix around her neck in breach of the company`s dress code. She claimed relig...

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