Are you an intermediary? Are you affected by the new legislation?

New legislation has been implemented to prevent intermediaries and individuals using deceptive methods to reduce employment tax and avoid the provision of employment rights. Such methods include the portrayal of false self-employment and the supply of workers from an off-shore location. Intermediaries are organisations that make arrangements for someone to work for a third person, […]

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Transgender Rights: Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace

Late last year we fought a case for a transgender woman who was being discriminated against and harassed by her employer and colleagues. This woman had worked for the company happily for an astounding 23 years, yet despite the rapport and connections that she had built up, things changed frighteningly quickly following her transition.We find […]

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The Dangers of Representing Yourself

All change The landscape of litigation has changed considerably this year. The guiding principle of the courts to deal with cases justly appears to have been qualified by the requirement that cases are run efficiently and at proportionate cost. In short, this means that the courts’ tolerance of non-compliance with the procedural rules has all […]

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HIV and the Workplace

Does my employer have the right to know that I am HIV positive? You are not obliged to tell your employer or work colleagues anything about your sexual orientation or HIV status. However, there may be advantages to you for disclosing this to an employer you trust. For example: you maybe taking sick leave to […]

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Using Social Media at Work

Employees who discuss their opinions openly on websites are at risk of finding that their messages are deemed malicious, damaging, and / or unlawful. Disciplinary action could easily follow. Human rights, such as freedom of expression, may not be a good enough defence for an employee accused of gross misconduct resulting from alleged malicious or […]

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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The Act (as amended) identifies three ways in which an employer might discriminate against a disabled employee. Firstly, by virtue of S.3A(1) by treating him or her, for a reason related to his or her disability, less favourably than he treats employees to whom that reason does not apply. This is subject to the possibility […]

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Employers’ obligations towards homeworkers

As an employer you have the same responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of home workers as you would for staff based at your premises. Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including homeworkers. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers […]

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Disability:Reasonable Adjustments

As you all know treating a person less favourably because of their disability inside the workplace and during the recruitment process is against the law. However, it is not always as clear as people think as to who is disabled. Not all disabilities are obvious. You can have a mental condition or an ailment as […]

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IVF: Your Employment Rights

What is the entitlement to leave in relation to the treatment? At a minimum the treatment cycle lasts six months and although there is no statutory right, as an employee, to paid leave you will be entitled to unpaid leave for regular medical appointments during the treatment period. If you are refused this, then you could […]

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