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Category Archives: Employment

Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – asks: Will the Tories reduce the Human Rights of British Residents?

The European Convention on Human Rights was developed by the UK and others following World War II. In 1998, the Human Rights Act was established in order to enable access to human rights here in the UK instead of having …

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BIS Guidance

Do you need guidance on the changes to adoption leave and pay? The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published technical guidance for employers about the changes to adoption leave and pay that came into effect on 5 April …

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Lord Browne on Sexual Orientation

The cross-bench peer Lord Browne shares his views on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual people in senior roles stating that companies should set-out how many people in senior roles are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual. Lord Browne feels that providing …

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Harassment of a Zero Hours Contract Worker

In the case of Southern Britannia Hotels Ltd and another, the claimant was a 22 year old waitress with a history of mental health issues working on a zero hours contract in a hotel. The claimant alleged gender related harassment …

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Costs in Employment Tribunals

In the case of Chadburn v Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation and another the tribunal had to consider whether they should award costs against a claimant that had acted unreasonably when she made-up claims of discrimination against her employer. …

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Woolworths and Ethel Austin Collective Redundancies

The ECJ has now handed down its judgment in the case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (in liquidation), Ethel Austin Ltd and another. In this case former employees of the high street stores Woolworths and Ethel …

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Employment Law Newsletter – April 2015

Welcome to our April 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case law developments over the last month. It was an unusually quiet month in terms of case …

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Shared Parental Leave – Babies due on or after 5th April 2015

Do you have a policy in place? Have you decided what value of pay you will apply? Have you decided whether you can only accommodate a continuous block of leave or disbursed block of leave? If the answer is ‘No’ …

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Revised ACAS Code of Practice

The change to the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinaries reflects the EAT Judgment in Toal -v- GB Oils and came into effect from 11th March 2015. The revision confirms that employers must agree to a worker’s request to be …

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Disability and Constructive Knowledge: Donelien -v- Liberata UK Limited, EAT

In this case the EAT had to consider whether an employer had constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability where the employer had relied on an occupational health report which had been flawed with discrepancies but had nonetheless taken some other …

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