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Apr
18
2019

Employer not liable for Christmas party injuries
#Employment

The High Court has ruled in Shelbourne v Cancer Research UK that the employer was not liable for the back injuries sustained by the employee at a Christmas Party. A visiting scientist attending the party had picked up the Claimant and dropped her, causing a severe back injury....

Apr
18
2019

Low Pay Commission Consultation 2019 – calling all evidence!
#Employment

A new consultation has been opened by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) seeking views on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) rates that should apply from April 2020. ...

Apr
16
2019

‘What business leaders can learn from the Ted Baker harassment scandal’ - Helen Beech comments for Elite Business
#Employment #Press

In the wake of Ray Kelvin’s resignation as CEO of Ted Baker following harassment allegations from staff, here’s how business leaders can keep their company free from “sexual innuendos” and inappropriate conduct ...

Apr
12
2019

Is this AI step too far?
#Information Technology #Employment

It has been revealed that hundreds of UK business are using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity. Is this an innovative way to analyse productivity or a stressful scrutinisation of individuals’ activity?...

Apr
12
2019

Updated Vento Bands
#Employment

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland have updated the Vento bands used for calculating awards for injury to feelings in Employment Tribunal claims....

Apr
12
2019

Personal Liability of Directors
#Employment #Directors Duties

The High Court in Antuzis v DJ Houghton has recently held that directors of a private limited company could be pursued personally for breaching an employment contract....

Apr
12
2019

Holiday pay reference period to increase to 52 weeks from April 2020
#Employment

Back in December we blogged on the government’s Good Work Review by Matthew Taylor....

Apr
09
2019

Setting up business in the UK – Key considerations regarding staff
#Setting up in the UK #Employment

When it comes to setting up business in the UK one of the key things you need to think about is who is going to operate that business for you. Your staff are crucial to the successful operation of your business and it’s important to ensure they are properly recruited and engaged and that you have the correct framework and procedures in place to manage your relationship going forward. ...

Apr
05
2019

High Court rejects strike injunction
#Employment

The High Court has refused an application made by Birmingham City Council for an injunction to prevent strike action by Unite and Unison. ...

Apr
05
2019

Recommendation in employer’s policy likely to be a reasonable adjustment
#Employment

In Linsley v Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Custom, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given guidance on how a Tribunal should approach the issue of reasonableness in cases relating to reasonable adjustments for disabled employees. ...

Mar
29
2019

Bias, without a non-discriminatory reason, amounted to discrimination
#Employment

Tywyn Primary School v Aplin concerned a gay primary school Head Teacher who had sexual relations with two 17-year-old males he had met on Grindr....

Mar
29
2019

Like for like comparison required when relying on a hypothetical comparator
#Employment

In Sutton Oak Church of England School v Whitaker, the employee was a gay male teacher. He was found in a classroom alone with, and offering sweets to, a male year 5 pupil during a lunchtime break, in breach of guidelines issued to him 13 years prior as part of an earlier disciplinary outcome. He was dismissed....

Mar
28
2019

Can disciplinary proceedings continue alongside a police investigation?
#Employment

In North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust v Gregg, the Court of Appeal overturned an injunction that had prevented an employer from continuing with disciplinary proceedings pending the outcome of police enquiries....

Mar
22
2019

Suspension will not breach trust and confidence if there is a reasonable and proper cause
#Employment

We previously blogged on the High Court case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth, in which the High Court held that the suspension of a teacher was a “knee jerk reaction” which breached the implied term of trust and confidence (enabling Ms Agoreyo to resign and claim constructive dismissal)...

Mar
22
2019

Changes to Statutory Payments and Tribunal Awards from April 2019
#Employment

The government has confirmed increases to statutory payments and tribunal awards, which will take effect on 6th April 2019....

Mar
15
2019

Spring Statement 2019: Employment News
#Employment

The Chancellor presented his Spring Statement to Parliament this week. The Government suggest that there are over 3.5 million more people in work than there were in 2010 and a million fewer workless households, unemployment rates continue to decline being at 4%; their lowest in more than 4 decades...

Mar
14
2019

Worker status in the public sector…the plot thickens
#Employment

In the case of Braine and others v The National Gallery an Employment Tribunal (ET) has held that art experts who worked as Educators for the National Gallery were workers and not independent contractors as argued by the Gallery. The ET held that the Educators only had the status of worker when undertaking an actual assignment and when they were in between assignments they were neither employees nor workers....

Mar
07
2019

‘Why question the power of women to lead?’ – Monica Atwal writes for We Are The City
#Press #Employment

Women taking leadership roles is often portrayed these days as a ground-breaking development, something achieved through relatively recent laws and strong social pressure about equality of opportunity....

Mar
07
2019

Consultation on Confidentiality Clauses Launches
#Employment

The Government has started a consultation on increased regulation of confidentiality clauses in a bid to tackle cases of unethical misuse. ...

Mar
07
2019

Email to inaccessible work address during maternity leave was unfavourable treatment
#Employment

In SW Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson, the Claimant was involved in a redundancy exercise whilst on maternity leave. ...

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