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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Paternity Leave and Pay: Know your rights

Statutory Paternity Leave is a maximum of two weeks’ leave, following the birth of a child, taken in order to support the mother or care for the new child.  It can be taken as a single week or two consecutive weeks. It cannot be taken as odd days or as two separate weeks.  Statutory Paternity Leave […]

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Maternity Leave and Pay: Know Your Rights!

Pregnant employees are entitled to take 26 weeks’ Ordinary Maternity Leave and 26 weeks Additional Maternity Leave, irrespective of their length of service or the number of hours worked each week.  You may not return to work during the two weeks immediately following the birth of your child (four weeks for women who work in factories). You […]

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Government pension reforms

The recent reforms have implemented a new auto-enrolment scheme where employers are required to enrol eligible employees into a pension scheme automatically. Employers are also required to contribute to their employees’ pension funds. Auto-enrolment Employees that are eligible for the auto-enrolment scheme are: Employees aged between 22 and the state pension age who are earning […]

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Social Media in Recruitment

Relying on social media in recruitment could expose you to a discrimination claim. Employers should aware of the risk of researching candidates on social media resources exposing them to potential discrimination claims. Referring to information in the public domain, posted by the candidates themselves, may seem like a harmless exercise. However, the information gained via […]

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Seldon Judgment: Compulsory Retirement

One of the most significant judgments on age discrimination was handed down on 25 April 2012 by the Supreme Court.  However, critics warn that the judgment may have left the door open for businesses to set their own retirement age for staff. The case involved a former law firm partner who brought a claim of age discrimination […]

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Advice on Settlement Agreements

The Government has responded to Law Society calls for clarification about the validity of compromise agreements (now known as Settlement Agreements) drafted under the Equality Act. These Settlement agreements are used extensively on termination of employment.  Terms usually provide for a severance payment to be made to the employee, in return for their agreement not to pursue […]

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They think I am gay: Can I be discriminated against?

If I am treated less favourably because service providers or my employer THINKS I am gay, but doesn’t know for sure is this still discrimination? The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 prohibit discrimination and importantly, the law not only makes it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of a person’s actual sexuality but also their perceived […]

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Social Media in employment cases

Employee’s and Employer’s should be forewarned that Facebook, Twitter and other social media cites can lead to grievances, disciplinary action and employment cases/ hearings…. People assume that because social media sites are social and they have set their own private profiles nothing can be used against them by their employer….wrong. If you discriminate against fellow […]

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Refused a service because I am gay

The Court of Appeal has upheld the County Court’s decision confirming that Christian Hotel Owners Mr & Mrs Bull discriminated against Civil Partners Messrs Preddy & Hall by denying them a double bed. In accordance with their religious belief, Mr & Mrs Bull operated a strict policy permitting only married couples to share double beds […]

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Skype used in the Employment Tribunal

The Reading Employment Tribunal is the first Tribunal known to have allowed a case to conclude via Skype. The Tribunal rules allow all hearings to be wholly or partly conducted using electronic communications (such as video conferencing) where it is considered just and equitable to do so.  However, the Reading Employment Tribunal recently allowed a witness to give […]

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