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Dec
12
2017

Poem: Christmas Parties
#Employment

It’s that festive time again The Christmas party’s here...

Dec
11
2017

Monica Atwal speaks to the Daily Star ‘No job is safe’ Expert says robots will spark GLOBAL migration and unemployment crisis
#Employment #Press

EVERY job in the world is under threat from being stolen by a robot in a pattern that could spark a migration crisis, a leading expert has warned....

Dec
08
2017

Why honesty is always the best policy, when it comes to capability
#Employment

Mr Rawlinson was dismissed by Brightside Group for poor performance, however, to soften the blow, Brightside told Mr Rawlinson that the reason for his dismissal was because his role was being outsourced following a restructure....

Dec
08
2017

Second bite at the cherry: time limits and amendments to claims
#Employment

Prior to the case of Galilee v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, it was understood that an amendment to a claim takes effect from the date of the original claim and that it’s essential for the Tribunal to consider any jurisdictional points (such as whether the claim is in time) when deciding whether or not to grant the application as, once the application has been granted, the Respondent would be prevented from raising such an argument. ...

Dec
07
2017

Monica Atwal comments on the harassment backlash against women in the workplace
#Employment #Supply Chain Governance #Press

Facebook's CEO Sheryl Sandberg took to Facebook to speak out about harassment in the workplace towards women. ...

Dec
01
2017

Does government face “steep learning curve” on apprenticeships?
#Employment

As reported previously, in April this year the apprenticeship levy came into force. This introduced a 0.5% levy on employers with payrolls over £3million. The aim is to raise £3bn annually for four years to fund apprenticeship places....

Dec
01
2017

Uber facing large fine as a result of data breach
#Employment #Data Protection

Uber has recently admitted that it concealed a cyberattack that exposed the data of 57 million customers and drivers in October 2016, including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. The breach was hidden by the firm, which paid hackers US $100,000 (approx. £75,000) to delete the data....

Dec
01
2017

CJEU backs worker in claim for 13 years holiday pay
#Employment

We reported on the case of King v Sash Windows back in June when the Advocate General gave an opinion on the case. We now have the Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”). ...

Nov
30
2017

Monica Atwal comments in the Raconteur on 'Want to know how much colleagues are paid?'
#Employment #Press

Whether or not individuals’ pay should be made public is a matter of controversy. Here are the arguments for and against...

Nov
29
2017

Boots on the back foot
#Employment

As we blogged in February this year, Boots’ existing agreement with its in-house union, the Boots Pharmacists’ Association (BPA) prevented an application by an independent trade union, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union (PDAU), for recognition for collective bargaining....

Nov
28
2017

Back to the Future: Burden of Proof Requirement Restored
#Employment

Only in August 2017 we reported on the case of Efobi v Royal Mail in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) reversed the long standing legal position that in discrimination cases claimants must show an inference of discrimination before the burden of proof shifts to the employer....

Nov
24
2017

Company fined £80,000 for selling personal data without owners’ consent
#Employment #Data Protection

The ICO has fined data brokering company Verso Group (UK) Ltd £80,000 for a serious and deliberate contravention of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA)....

Nov
24
2017

EAT hold that failing to evidence right to work is not an excuse to dismiss an employee
#Employment

In Baker v Abellio London Ltd, the EAT overturned the ET’s original finding of a fair dismissal for illegality. The ET had accepted that a Jamaican national with the right to live and work in the UK was fairly dismissed after his employer had suspended, and eventually dismissed him, after failing to provide documentary evidence of his right to work....

Nov
24
2017

Union bids for recognition with end user not employer
#Employment

This week a trade union, IWGB, has applied for statutory recognition to represent a group of receptionists, security officers and porters who work at the University of London even though these workers are employed by Cordant Security, a facilities management company with the contract to provide services to the University....

Nov
24
2017

Countdown to the GDPR: 6 months to go!
#Employment #Data Protection

With the GDPR coming into force in only 6 months, organisations (who haven’t already) should be starting their preparations....

Nov
17
2017

Pension scheme did not discriminate against worker who had a mixture of full-time and part-time service
#Employment

In Dr Parker v MDU Services Ltd, the claimant alleged that her employer’s pension scheme indirectly discriminated against workers who had a combination of full and part-time service....

Nov
17
2017

Deliveroo: Late substitution leads to a win against the run of play
#Employment

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has finally given its decision on whether a particular group of Deliveroo riders - those in the Camden/Kentish Town area of North London who are paid per delivery - are workers of Deliveroo or are independent suppliers of services to Deliveroo....

Nov
10
2017

Will Uber work in the area again?
#Employment

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has today upheld the ET decision that when the Uber drivers were in the work area, available for work and with Uber app switched on, they were workers with rights to national minimum wage, sick pay and holiday pay....

Nov
10
2017

Web of Secrecy: most organisations failing to inform users about what will happen to their personal data
#Employment

The ICO has led a global investigation of website privacy communications on behalf of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) and found many organisations’ data protection practices are lacking. ...

Nov
10
2017

The importance of understanding the economic entity in a TUPE situation
#Employment

For there to be a business transfer under TUPE there must be an ‘economic entity’ that retains its identity post-transfer....

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