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Jul
18
2011

Text message mistake led to unfair dismissal
#Employment

In the case of Pawlicka v Pier Trading Company Ltd the Employment Tribunal has upheld the unfair dismissal claim of an employee who was "innocently" sent a text message by her manager detailing her exit from the company....

Jul
18
2011

Teachers` strike: quick guide for employers and teachers
#Employment

Amongst all the talk about cuts in the public sector, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that independent schools are caught up in the teachers` dispute over pensions. There are about 20,000 members of the ATL union in the private sector. Even some teachers at Eton, David Cameron`s old school, and whose pension may also be affected by the Government`s proposals, may take part in the strike....

Jul
18
2011

Do not ignore third party harassment
#Employment

In Sheffield City Council v Norouzi, the EAT has held that the employer was liable under the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA) for harassment carried out by a third party to one of their employees....

Jul
18
2011

Legal representation at disciplinary hearings
#Employment

The Supreme Court has held that it was not a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), to refuse a teaching assistant`s request to be accompanied by a lawyer at a disciplinary hearing....

Jul
18
2011

Long term sick leave & the expiry of untaken holiday
#Employment

The Advocate General (AG) has handed down an Opinion stating that holiday entitlement for workers on long-term sick leave, may expire 18 months after the end of the holiday year....

Jul
18
2011

Requirement to clean communal fridge: Indirect religious discrimination?
#Employment

In Chatwal v Wandsworth Borough Council (2011), the EAT considered whether the requirement for staff to clean a communal fridge as a condition of its use amounted to indirect religious discrimination....

Jul
18
2011

Online Retirement Age Survey. The results are out...
#Employment

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey - the results have been extremely interesting and have helped gauge the general level of understanding of the issues associated with the abolition of the default retirement age, how employers intend to deal with retirement in the future and what help / guidance employers need....

Jun
23
2011

Tube worker at centre of strike row was unfairly dismissed
#Employment

Further to our Employmentbuddy blog, the Tribunal`s judgment on the case of sacked tube driver, Mr Arwyn Thomas has now been released....

Jun
21
2011

£50,000 to a couple who were not gay
#Employment

There has been a case reported in the press today about two hotel workers repeatedly called gay by their boss - even though they weren`t -being awarded more than £50,000 between them, a proportion of which was for injury to feelings as a result of the discrimination that they suffered....

Jun
21
2011

Agency Workers Regulations Audit
#Employment

Does your business supply or use agency workers? If so, you will be affected by the Agency Workers Regulations. These Regulations give agency workers rights that they have never had before and businesses who are not up to speed could face Tribunal claims and awards of compensation being made against them....

Jun
21
2011

School`s cornrows ban is indirect racial discrimination
#Employment

The decision by Harrow based, St Gregory`s Catholic Science College to ban an 11 year old from school on his first day for having his hair in cornrows (tight braids close to the scalp), has been branded " unjustified, indirect racial discrimination" by the High Court....

Jun
17
2011

Alex McLeish set to join Aston Villa after resignation
#Employment

Alex McLeish resigned from Birmingham City football club and now looks set to join rivals Aston Villa....

Jun
17
2011

TUPE transfer of insolvent company: liability payable by transferee
#Employment

In Pressure Coolers v Molloy the EAT held that held that under TUPE Regulations it is the transferee, not the Secretary of State, who is liable to pay an employee`s claims following his unfair dismissal by the transferee after a TUPE transfer....

Jun
14
2011

Donny the Dog reinstated!
#Employment

Those of you concerned by our previous blog that Tracy Chandler aka the Doncaster Rovers mascot `Donny the Dog` had been sacked, will be pleased to know that she has been reinstated!...

Jun
14
2011

Low Pay Commission`s remit
#Employment

The Government has written to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), an independent body, setting out its remit for their 2012 Report....

Jun
14
2011

Are you ready for auto enrolment?
#Employment

There is no getting away from it: people are living longer and not saving enough to give them the income in retirement that they would like. As life expectancy continues to increase, membership rates of employer-sponsored private schemes have continued to decrease. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) estimates that about seven million people in the UK are not currently saving enough for their retirement....

Jun
14
2011

Job hunting whilst on the job
#Employment

Three in 10 workers `look for another job while at work`, according to research conducted by an online recruitment company....

Jun
14
2011

Ex Connaught employees win protective award claims
#Employment

192 employees who were dismissed during a telephone conference in September last year following the collapse of Connaught (a social housing contractor) have succeeded in their employment tribunal claims....

Jun
10
2011

Jointly liable
#Employment

It has been confirmed that where an employer and an employee are found to be jointly liable for discrimination, they are both equally liable for the damages. This won`t be apportioned between the discriminators....

Jun
10
2011

It`s good to talk - 2011
#Employment

In MacFayden v Flexible Engineered Solutions Ltd ET/2503231/2010, the ET has held that an employee was unfairly dismissed for frequent use of mobile phone at work....

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