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Employees secure right to privacy for emails in work

On 5 September 2017, the Grand Chamber, which hears appeals from the European Court of Human Rights, confirmed that an employer’s access to its employees’ messages on the employer’s communications system without first obtaining the consent of its employee was… Read on

New Case on Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

Generally speaking, the burden of proof in civil proceedings is on the person who brings a claim in a dispute. So, for example, it is necessary for an employee bringing a claim in respect of an underpayment of wages to… Read on

Criminal sanction for forwarding CVs

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has criminalised and fined a recruitment agent for emailing the CVs of 26 job applicants to his new employer. This came to light when the recruitment agent’s former employer discovered that candidates were being submitted… Read on

Prison sentences and the Employment Tribunal

The recent High Court case of OCS Group Ltd v Dadi has provided an example of the serious consequences that can be faced where a party to legal proceedings acts in breach of orders of the court. In this particular… Read on

Abolition of Employment Tribunal fees – What next?

In January 2017, the government published its review of employment tribunal fees which decided that there was no conclusive evidence that fees had prevented people from bringing claims. Hot on its heels, on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court delivered… Read on

Personal liability for whistleblowing compensation

In International Petroleum Ltd v Osipov (click here for full judgment) , a non-executive director (retained on a non-employed basis to make decisions for the company) instructed another non-executive director to dismiss the Claimant, who had brought to the first… Read on

Tribunal fees are unlawful

The Supreme Court has rocked the Employment Tribunal system by ruling that Employment Tribunal issue and hearing fees prevent access to justice and are unlawful. It noted that there has been a sharp, substantial fall in the volume of case… Read on

BBC Gender Pay Gap – The Tip of the Iceberg?

The BBC’s annual report for 2016/17 has revealed that around two-thirds of its on-air talent earning more than £150K are male. The highest paid male celebrity earned between £2.2m and £2.25m last year, while the highest paid female earned between… Read on

Taylor review – key recommendations

In October 2016, the government commissioned a report by Mathew Taylor (Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts) into how employment practices may need to be revised as a consequence of developments in the labour market and modern business… Read on