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Nov
23
2018

Addison Lee’s appeal against worker status rejected
#Employment

Last year a Tribunal found that private hire drivers engaged by Addison Lee were workers and not independent contractors (see our blog on this previously). Addison Lee’s appeal against this judgment has now been dismissed....

Nov
22
2018

Can AI be ethical?
#Employment #Information Technology

Most people at work will be more affected by Artificial Intelligence in the future than they realise. ...

Nov
20
2018

Microchips or Micromanagement?
#Information Technology #Employment

According to various media reports[1] a Swedish microchip company called BioHax is in talks with several high-profile legal and financial UK companies to implant employees with microchips....

Nov
16
2018

Resignations - Clarifying the Termination Date is Key
#Employment

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that an ambiguous letter of acceptance of resignation from an employer did not vary the original termination date by agreement. JLT Speciality v Craven concerned a bonus advance of £500,000 which was agreed to be repayable if the Claimant resigned “on or before 31 December 2016”. ...

Nov
16
2018

Judge crowdfunding her fight to be classed as a worker
#Employment

A district judge, is trying to raise £10,000 to fight a Court of Appeal decision that judges cannot be classed as workers by requesting donations towards her cause. At the point of writing just over 25% of the target funds have been raised. ...

Nov
15
2018

'Diversity: it's fundamental to business success' - Monica Atwal writes for CBI Business Voice
#Employment #Press

Embracing diversity enhances business resilience – and the UK can lead the way, says Clarkslegal’s Monica Atwal...

Nov
13
2018

'How tech and data can spot and stop the quitters' - Michael Sippitt comments for Raconteur
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Technology used ethically can help retain valued staff by spotting potential problems which could cause them to quit...

Nov
08
2018

Employment tribunal fees update – a possible return of the fee scheme?
#Employment

The government has confirmed this week that it is considering reintroducing fees for employment tribunal claims. Following the introduction of fees in 2013 (which ranged between £390 and £1,200), the total number of tribunal claims dropped from approximately 80,000 to roughly 20,000 per year....

Nov
08
2018

The Government Has Answered Key Parental Bereavement Questions
#Employment

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this year, is expected to come into force in 2020. The Act introduces a new statutory right to time off work for employed parents following the loss of a child, enabling the parent to grieve and easing recovery. ...

Nov
01
2018

2018 Budget – an update
#Employment

A round up of the key announcements from the Chancellor’s Budget that effect the Employment Law landscape...

Nov
01
2018

“Fat Ginger Pikey” insult did not amount to harassment
#Employment

The EAT has handed down its decision in Evans v Xactly finding that, calling an employee a “fat ginger pikey” did not amount to harassment on the facts of the case. The Claimant was employed as a sales representative for Xactly Communications Limited where he was dismissed due to his poor performance....

Nov
01
2018

Morrisons liable for employee’s data protection breach
#Data Protection #Employment

In the recent case of WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants, Morrisons faced claims from its employees who had been the subject of a data breach. Morrisons employed a senior IT auditor who was tasked with sending data on approximately 100,000 employees to an external auditing company. ...

Oct
26
2018

Whistleblowing detriment: Personal liability for individual decision makers
#Employment

In Timis v Osipov, the Court of Appeal held that two directors were personally liable for detrimental treatment following protected disclosures even where the detriment in question amounted to a dismissal. The claimant was dismissed by International Petroleum Limited (IPL) after making a number of protected disclosures on issues relating to poor corporate governance....

Oct
26
2018

And so the other boot finally drops
#Employment

The long-running legal battle over union recognition for Boots pharmacists has finally concluded. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has decided this month that Boots pharmacists can be collectively represented by an independent trade union....

Oct
19
2018

Company found liable for injury inflicted by Managing Director in work ‘after-party’
#Employment

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited and found that the company was liable for the acts of its managing director in a late-night drinking session. Following a staff Christmas party, an unplanned after-party took place at a hotel bar....

Oct
12
2018

Christian Bakers win ‘Gay cake‘ case in the Supreme Court
#Employment

The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the ‘gay cake’ case today, finding that a Christian Bakery had not acted unlawfully in refusing to provide a cake endorsing gay marriage. We have previously reported on the case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company and Others, both at the County Court and at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. ...

Oct
10
2018

Is working 9:00-5:00 still the way to make a living?
#Information Technology #Employment

One of the biggest changes workplaces have seen in recent years has been the greater use of flexibility in the workplace and remote working. A survey by YouGov earlier this year revealed some interesting findings, including that only 6% of those who responded were working the traditional hours of 9:00-5:00. The report also showed a desire for staff to start (and finish) work earlier, with the most popular option being 8:00-4:00....

Oct
09
2018

Uber strike - disrupting the disruptors?
#Employment

Is one of the innovations of the gig economy the creation of a section of the workforce who can go on strike without risk or consequences?...

Oct
09
2018

Its not all bad news in ‘The Future Of Jobs Report 2018’
#Information Technology #Employment

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, to use World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab’s slogan, is well and truly on its way. However, the latest report out of Davos (the location of the WEF’s annual gathering of business leaders and politicians) is that whilst 75 million jobs could be displaced by rapid technological advances, roughly 133 million jobs could be created within the next 10 years. ...

Oct
09
2018

What to do when your staff member suffers a bereavement
#Employment

It is worth thinking about how your organisation would handle an employee’s bereavement as dealing with this well will ensure that the staff member returns to work and productivity as soon as possible....

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