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Jan
17
2020

Minimum wage: Don’t get caught out
#Employment

Government consultation on Labour Market Enforcement strategy for 2020/2021 is open until 24 January 2020. At the same time, a report by the Resolution Foundation released this month shows that, as legal minimum wage rates have risen, so has non-compliance....

Jan
17
2020

Driver subjected to sexual advances and biased grievance process was constructively dismissed
#Employment

A female driver who was sexually harassed by her manager and supervisor has won her claim for constructive unfair dismissal. ...

Jan
17
2020

A birthday to remember? A legal secretary loses age discrimination claim after 50th birthday “well wishes”
#Employment

In Munro v Sampson Coward LLP, a legal secretary claimed she was subjected to age discrimination when a colleague, who was of a similar age to her, made a comment about her 50th birthday. ...

Jan
10
2020

You can’t defend an equal pay claim with assumptions and assertions
#Employment

In a judgment released today, Samira Ahmed has won her equal pay claim against the BBC. Her fee for presenting Newswatch was more than six times lower than Jeremy Vine’s fee for presenting Points Of View....

Jan
09
2020

Should employers really be held to account in cases of vicarious liability?
#Employment

Employment lawyers and business alike are awaiting a Supreme Court ruling, which is expected in February, regarding whether or not one of the largest UK banks should be liable for the acts of a doctor hired to carry out pre-employment medical checks. ...

Jan
07
2020

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief protected by law
#Employment

The Tribunal in Casamitjana Costa v The League Against Cruel Sports has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief protected under the Equality Act 2010. ...

Jan
02
2020

Oxford Professor wins age discrimination claim
#Employment

A former physics professor at Oxford University has won his claims of age discrimination and unfair dismissal after he was forced to retire following his 68th birthday. ...

Dec
23
2019

The Queen’s Speech 2019 – Employment Law Implications
#Employment #Employment Bill #2020

The Queen’s Speech was delivered on 19th December 2019 and sets out details of government’s intentions over the coming year....

Dec
23
2019

‘Gender critical’ view was not a philosophical belief
#Employment #Discrimination

In Forstater v CGD Europe & Others, the Claimant’s consultancy contract was terminated after she made comments expressing her views that there are only two sexes and that it is impossible to change sex....

Dec
19
2019

“Nuisance” nurse wins whistleblowing claim
#Employment #Employment #Unfair dismissal #Employment Tribunal #Protected Disclosures

In Smith v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, a nurse won his claim for unfair dismissal, with the Employment Tribunal finding he had been dismissed for making protected disclosures. ...

Dec
18
2019

The TUPE Quarter Podcast
#Employment

Have you checked out our latest TUPE Quarter Podcast? The TUPE Quarter is a series of podcasts designed to bring you right up to date with TUPE. From updates on the latest developments and case law to discussions on common issues and myths that surround the area. ...

Dec
13
2019

Blanket ban on facial hair deemed discriminatory
#Employment

In Sethi v Elements Personnel Services, a Sikh man won his claim for religious discrimination against a recruitment agency who denied him work on account of his facial hair. ...

Dec
13
2019

Employment Status: Courier’s ability to ‘release’ job was not an automatic right to substitute
#Employment

In Stuart Delivery Ltd v Augustine 2019, the EAT upheld the employment tribunal’s findings that a delivery courier was a ‘worker’ under S.230(3)(b) of the Employment Rights Act 1996....

Dec
05
2019

Political beliefs in the workplace and what employment law has to say about it…
#Employment

We are fast approaching one of the most extraordinary and unprecedented general elections in the history of the UK. Extraordinary in the sense that a December election has not been held since 1923 and unprecedented in the sense that the election is overtly linked to an intricate experience which the UK has never encountered before: leaving the EU. ...

Dec
04
2019

General Election 2019 – Party Manifestos on Employment Law and Industrial Relations – Part 5
#Employment

Welcome to our fifth and final blog in our series summarising each political party’s pledges on matters effecting employment. ...

Dec
04
2019

General Election 2019 – Party Manifestos on Employment Law and Industrial Relations – Part 4
#Employment

Welcome to Part 4 in our series of blogs summarising each political party’s pledges on matters effecting employment. Today we are looking at the Green Party’s manifesto....

Nov
29
2019

IR35 changes: HMRC ups its game
#Employment

As businesses continue to prepare for the impact of the April 2020 changes to IR35 and the private sector, it is important to be aware that this week the government has launched an update to its online check employment status for tax (CEST) tool....

Nov
28
2019

Employment Tribunal decides that TUPE applies to ‘workers’ not just employees
#Employment

Under TUPE, individuals who are ‘employed’ by the transferor and assigned to the organised grouping of resources or employees that is subject to the relevant transfer (whose contracts would otherwise be terminated by the transfer) will transfer to the transferee. ...

Nov
28
2019

Landmark Supreme Court judgment extending whistleblowing protection
#Employment

The Supreme Court, in Jhuti v Royal Mail, has reversed the Court of Appeal’s decision and held that an employee was unfairly dismissed for making a protected disclosure despite the fact that the decision-maker was unaware of the disclosure. ...

Nov
27
2019

General Election 2019 – Party Manifestos on Employment Law and Industrial Relations – Part 3
#Employment

Welcome to Part 3 in our series of blogs summarising each political party’s pledges on matters effecting employment. Today we are looking at the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto. Set out from page 21, The Lib Dems’ key employment pledges are:...

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