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Asperger Syndrome: multiple choice was discrimination

Was an applicant with Asperger Syndrome put at a particular disadvantage by a multiple choice test? Was this form of assessment justified? Background We report on a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Government Legal… Read on

Tribunal awards £2 compensation

A Tribunal has recently awarded just £2 in compensation for an employer’s breach of the employee’s right to be accompanied to a disciplinary hearing. We explain how nominal damages of this kind can come about. Background In this case (Gnahoua… Read on

Sleeping-in: pay?

When does a requirement to sleep for work count as time that should be paid? The EAT has given clear guidelines. Background Under Regulation 32 of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, workers are entitled to be paid when they… Read on

Latest case on worker status: Excel Cycle Couriers

We report on the latest case where a major user of so called freelance staff has been caught out. Background Courier companies are currently the focus of attention when it comes to employment/worker status. City Sprint has been decided in… Read on

Taxation of payments in lieu of notice

In the Finance Bill 2017, the government intends to implement its plans to tax all payments in lieu of notice. There is currently a possible way around this if there was no payment in lieu of notice clause in the… Read on

Early conciliation: only 1 allowed

We report on a case where the Claimant started the early conciliation process twice. Although the second early conciliation would have put their claim within the valid timeframe, it did not count. The claim was therefore out of time. Background… Read on

New statutory awards for April 2017

Here are the new financial rates and limits for 2017. A maximum week’s pay is £489 for calculating various awards such as the basic award for unfair dismissal; statutory redundancy pay; failure to consider a request for flexible working and… Read on

“Oh ****, she’s pregnant”

We report on a case where the redundancy of an employee returning from maternity leave was tainted by sex discrimination. Background In this case, Fidessa Plc v. Lancaster, Ms Lancaster was made redundant after returning from her second period of… Read on