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Dec
15
2017

Fit for work assessments to be scrapped
#Employment

The Government’s Fit for Work assessment scheme is to end following low referral rates, marking the beginning of a revised strategy to get more disabled people into the workplace....

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
04
2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan campaigns for ‘fair and flexible’ visa system
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The London Mayor has kicked off a week long trade mission to India and Pakistan by criticising the British government’s current stringent visa policy. Speaking in Mumbai, Sadiq Khan said he was “lobbying” with the government to change its visa policy and it was in London’s best interests to keep Britain open to highly skilled workers....

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
24
2017

UK work experience visas under Tier 5
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

The Tier 5 visa route enables international students from outside the EEA to undertake temporary work experience, internships or approved training in the UK during or after their studies. Here, we consider the Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) and Youth Mobility schemes under Tier 5 of the Points Based System. Both routes allow a student/graduate to live and work in the UK for 12-24 months....

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

Government doubles visas for exceptional talented individuals
#Immigration #Inward Investment #Employment

On Wednesday, the government announced its intentions to double the number of visas to individuals who show promise in the technology, science, art and creative industries. Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that the number of visas available through the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route will increase from 1,000 to 2,000 a year....

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