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New Guidance on Avoiding Unlawful Discrimination in Advertisements

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published guidance for advertisers and publishers on lawful advertising after receiving over 100 complaints that advertisements were discriminatory. Examples included discrimination on the grounds of age (a recruitment agency stated that over 45s …

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Gender Pay Gap

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has published a report on the gender pay gap. The report identifies the causes of the gender pay gap and makes a number of recommendations for employers and the government. These recommendations include: A …

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New Financial Penalty Scheme for Unpaid Tribunal Awards

As from 6th April 2016 there will be a new scheme for penalising employers who fail to pay tribunal awards or settlement sums under a COT3. If an employer fails to pay after a warning notice they will be issued …

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Increase in Tribunal Compensation Limits

Tribunal compensation limits will increase on 6 April 2016. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from £78,335 to £78,962. The maximum amount of a week’s pay, used to calculate statutory redundancy payments and various awards including the …

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Knowledge of Disability

In Gallop v Newport City Council the EAT considered whether the fact that the employee could show the employer’s Occupational Health department knew of his disability was sufficient to demonstrate that his employer had the requisite knowledge. During his employment …

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Is a Refusal to Extend PHI Cover Beyond 60 Age Discrimination?

In Smith v Gartner UK Ltd the EAT considered whether an employer acted discriminatorily in ending payments under a PHI scheme when the employee reached 60 in accordance with the terms of the PHI policy. The EAT upheld the employment …

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Childcare vouchers during maternity leave

In Peninsula Business Services Ltd v Donaldson the EAT considered whether childcare vouchers provided under a salary sacrifice scheme are part of the employee’s “remuneration”,  and therefore do not have to be provided during maternity leave. The EAT held that …

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When is an Employer Vicariously Liable for the Actions of its Employees?

In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc the Supreme Court considered whether a supermarket should be held vicariously liable for an employee’s unprovoked violent assault on a customer. The employee, Mr Khan, worked in one of their petrol kiosks. He …

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Raising concerns with an employee on sick leave

In Private Medicine Intermediaries Ltd v Hodkinson the EAT considered whether writing to an employee while she was on sick leave for work-related stress, to raise concerns regarding her employment, amounted to constructive dismissal and/or disability related harassment. In this …

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Shiva Shadi – head of the Employment team – discusses the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and asks: Is your anti-slavery statement ready?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 brings together offences relating to trafficking and slavery which have dominated the media over recent years with cheap labour and horrific working conditions being reported from around the world, as well as on our own …

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