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The Supreme Court recently considered whether it was fair to dismiss a head teacher who failed to disclose her relationship with a convicted sex offender. In doing so the highest court in the UK appeared to question familiar case law… Read on
Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful to discriminate against employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth. But what happens if an employer decides to dismiss an employee, then finds out that she is pregnant before it… Read on
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that costs awarded to successful claimants may include costs incurred before the employer responded to the tribunal claim. Background Once a claimant has lodged their claim form (ET1) at the employment tribunal an… Read on
The Court of Appeal has recently considered whether a requirement to work long hours was a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) for the purposes of a claim of disability discrimination. Background Section 20 of the Equality Act 2010 provides that… Read on
Even a relatively small data protection breach can have serious consequences for those involved. An individual was fined £850 plus costs in a recent case. Facts of the case An apprentice at Southwark Council was investigated by the Information Commissioner’s… Read on
The national minimum wage protects workers in the UK by guaranteeing them a minimum hourly rate. Employees can resign and claim constructive dismissal in response to a serious breach of contract by their employer. So, if an employee is unaware… Read on
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently had to consider the rights of agency workers under regulation 5(1) of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR), which requires agency workers to be given the same working and employment conditions as permanent workers… Read on
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that in the event of collective redundancies, employers do not have to give special or priority treatment to pregnant workers. UK law does provide for some special treatment in redundancy situations and… Read on
On 1 April 2018 all the rates of the national minimum wage will go up. Workers should check carefully that their employer is paying them in line with the new legal requirements from that date. And it’s not just wages… Read on
The government regularly “names and shames” employers who breach national minimum wage laws by publishing a list of those who have been fined. The latest list reveals that restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays and Marriott Hotels have each been… Read on