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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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Shiva Shadi – partner in our Employment team – discusses Shared Parental Leave… Who is changing the nappies a year on?

It is almost a year since the Government introduced Shared parental leave allowing employees whose babies were due on or after 5th April 2015, to share their maternity leave or adoption leave with their partner. This was hailed as a …

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Edward Moss – solicitor – discusses ‘Never Events’ and the possible reasons behind them.

Over the past few weeks, NHS England has been the subject of press coverage regarding so called NHS ‘Never Events’. The NHS categorises a Never Event as: a serious incident that is wholly preventable, as there is guidance or safety …

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Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – discusses why you are never too young to make a Will.

Most people I meet who don’t have Wills always say to me that they know it is something they need to do and they keep meaning to get around to it.  Below is a list of reasons as to why …

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Anna Bunting – partner in our Employment team – provides an overview of ACAS’s new guidance on conducting workplace investigations.

Most employers are aware that disciplinary action requires a form of procedure to be followed.  Conversely, the need for a proper investigation is often overlooked.  Many employees will jump straight into arranging a disciplinary before giving the matter full consideration.  …

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