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Compulsory retirement at 65 outlawed

The Government has confirmed that 5 April 2011 will be the last day on which an employer can give the notice needed to lawfully force an employee to retire at age 65 without having the right to bring an age… Read on

Relaunching pub as less ‘gay’ discrimination

It has always been possible for people who are not gay to bring sexual orientation discrimination claims. For instance, where a heterosexual is discriminated against because they have gay friends. The law can also cover instructions to discriminate against customers.… Read on

Why BBC Countryfile case matters to you

Miriam O’Reilly’s Tribunal win against the BBC for direct age discrimination highlighted the ongoing debate about the perceived treatment of older women in television. However, it is also important to bear in mind the short shrift the Tribunal gave to… Read on

BBC wins defamatory appraisal claim

In a recent High Court decision, employee Dr Daniels brought a libel action against the BBC over an appraisal which referred to errors he had made, communication problems and failures to follow instructions. At Springhouse, we advise employers to raise… Read on

Grievances extreme whistleblowing hazard

Employers should not treat workers who have made a protected disclosure (otherwise known as whistleblowing) detrimentally. Financial liability for having done so is unlimited, and workers are protected from day one. Furthermore, a recent case has held that an employer… Read on

Plain English Day at Springhouse Solicitors

“I hear what you’re saying,” Ben shot back as he marched into his office, “but the bottom line is at Springhouse we like to think outside the box.” Well, he thought to himself, knitting his brows, it wasn’t rocket science.… Read on

Simon Cowell tribunal raises interesting point

A Britain’s Got Talent contestant has recently lost a disability discrimination claim against Simon Cowell and others, including producer Fremantle Media. It may not have been the victory they would have liked. Contestant Miss Czikai’s claims were that reasonable adjustments… Read on

Agency worker not an employee

We are always interested in Court of Appeal decisions. Other than the Supreme Court (which was the House of Lords) this is the highest court in the UK. As a general rule, employment claims will start in the Employment Tribunal… Read on

Legal award nomination for Springhouse Solicitors

We are delighted to announce that Springhouse has been selected from thousands as one of the shortlist of five firms for the Corporate INTL 2010 Legal Award for Employment/Labour Law in the UK. We are incredibly excited to have been… Read on

Discrimination to save money potentially lawfull

Would it be lawful or unlawful to dismiss an employee at the age of 49 simply to save a large pension bill of up to £1m accruing after their 50th birthday? On the face of it, this would amount to… Read on

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