Refusing to work in protest

An employee who refused to do work after suffering a discriminatory demotion has lost his court case. Mr Rochford was Senior Vice President of a WNS Global Services. He was off work for a year with a back condition (which was a disability). He eventually returned to work on full pay. However, his employer refused…

201801.08
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Bulletin – January 2018

BULLETIN – JANUARY 2018   Introduction  Worker status and rights are rarely out of the press at the moment. The recent EU holiday pay case of King v Sash Window Workshop adds another dimension and could have massive implications if you hire individuals on a self-employed basis as consultants or contractor. If the contractor later…

201712.18
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Bulletin – Maternity leave

Bulletin – Maternity leave In this month’s edition of our employment law bulletin, we focus on maternity leave.  What follows is a brief guide to some of the main points to take into account before, during, and after an employee’s maternity leave. The lead-up to maternity leave When an employee tells you that she is…

201711.20
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Update November 2017

Update November 2017 Introduction With sexual harassment so much in the news, this is a good opportunity for employers to make sure that they are taking adequate steps to protect themselves from claims. The key point to understand is that employers will be liable for any harassment of one employee by another if it is…

201711.17
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OMG! Emoji!

OMG! Emoji!  You know those buttons at places like airports and service stations that customers can press to show that they feel happy, unhappy, or indifferent about the service they have received? Well, it seems that Sports Direct has implemented something similar to discover how staff feel about the working conditions at one of its…

201711.15
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Supermarket takes stock of equal pay decision

Supermarket takes stock of equal pay decision Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others Thousands of Asda employees will have waited with bated breath for the latest development in their equal pay claims. That development was in the form of the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) decision on Asda’s appeal. An employment tribunal had decided that…

201711.13
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Helping parents of premature or sick babies  

Helping parents of premature or sick babies   According to Acas more than 95,000 premature or sick babies are born in the UK every year. The organisation has published best practice guidance for employers on supporting employees who become parents in these difficult circumstances. The theme of the guidance is support and compassion, which employers could…

201711.10
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Location, location, location

Location, location, location Aziz v The Freemantle Trust Ms Aziz was a care worker who had relocated to the Trust’s Dell Field Court site. Issues arose between her and two other workers, and this triggered a period of difficulties, complaints, suspensions, absences and grievances. The situation was deemed to be dysfunctional, and the Trust decided…

201711.08
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More protection for pregnant workers?

  More protection for pregnant workers? Guisado v Bankia SA Pregnant workers in the UK are protected by the Equality Act. The legislation makes pregnancy and maternity discrimination unlawful, the relevant period being the start of the worker’s pregnancy to the end of their maternity leave or when they return to work (if earlier). It…