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Ethical vegans protected from discrimination at work

A landmark ruling that ethical veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’ is likely to have far reaching implications in the workplace. ‘Ethical vegans’ are people who not only follow a plant-based... Read full article

An office romance – could it affect your career?

Barack and Michelle Obama met at work. So did Bill and Melinda Gates, not to mention Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Considering how much time we spend with our colleagues it’s hardly surprising that... Read full article

Employers: Do your workers use display screen equipment?

Rules to protect the health and safety of employees who regularly use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones at work are now in force. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Information)... Read full article

Court of Appeal: part-year workers should not have their holiday pay pro-rata

Holiday pay for staff who work irregular hours for part of the year should not be pro-rated, the Court of Appeal has ruled in Brazel v The Harper Trust (UNISON intervening) (2019) EWCA Civ 1402). It... Read full article

Playback time – is it ok for an employee to secretly record a disciplinary meeting?

Now that mobile phones make it easy to record meetings, employment tribunals often find themselves considering evidence in this format. A growing number of employees now covertly recording meetings... Read full article

GDPR requests for workplace personal data – faster response times now required

An employer must now respond to a request for personal information, known as a data subject access request (DSAR), ‘without undue delay’ and within at least a month of receiving it. In some... Read full article

Employers must pay agency workers the same as direct recruits

A major change in employment law aimed at improving the rights of agency workers is to come into force next April. The Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2019 repeals what is known as the... Read full article

Supreme Court rules on landmark non-compete clause case

In what is being seen as a victory for employers, the Supreme Court has upheld a non-compete restriction in the contract of an employee who left her job and went to work almost immediately for a... Read full article

‘Wake up call’ for private sector as museum guides declared workers by court

In a potentially ground breaking case, a group of museum art experts and educators have won the right to be recognised as workers in the first public sector case of its kind. It is just the latest in... Read full article

Worker denied rest breaks wins personal injury award

Employment Tribunals can now award personal injury damages to workers refused permission to take statutory rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998. In the ground-breaking case of Grange v... Read full article

Equal Pay – the battle heats up

The pay gap between men and women is a hot topic, as Asda supermarket workers win a significant victory and a Morrisons group begins legal action. Four of the UK’s supermarket chains – Asda,... Read full article

Top tips: What you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement

Losing your job often goes hand in hand with being asked to sign a settlement agreement – a legally binding document recording your confirmation you won’t pursue a claim against your employer in... Read full article

More gender pay gap figures out soon

By 4 April 2019, all private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more staff must once again publish their annual gender pay gap data. It’s the second year running that employers have been... Read full article

Employer reminder: new payslip legislation comes into force this April

From 6 April 2019, employers must provide detailed and fully itemised payslips for casual, agency and bank staff and zero-hours workers. The legislation, which already applies to permanent employees,... Read full article

New Year, new start – new drug and alcohol testing policy?

It’s that time of year when many employers start to wonder whether it might be a good idea to put a drug and alcohol testing policy in place. There are up to 17 million working days lost annually... Read full article

Just office banter? Why it’s not always a joking matter

Employers should remember that office banter must never go too far – even though a tribunal has ruled that a sacked salesman, called a “fat ginger pikey” by his colleagues in an office where... Read full article

When the Christmas office party leads to a punch-up

Christmas party season is upon us. While there may be plenty of reasons to be jolly, a recent court ruling serves up a sobering reminder of how badly things can go wrong when excessive drinking comes... Read full article

Employer responsible for malicious data breaches

Supermarket chain Morrisons was recently held liable for the actions of an employee who deliberately caused a massive data breach – despite being able to show it had effective data protection... Read full article

The real price of the ‘gay cake’ case

The cake itself cost just £36.50 but the legal battle it sparked has racked up total legal fees of nearly £500,000 and done little to clarify a complex area of discrimination law. The row began... Read full article

Is it fair to fire a warning for disability-related absence?

Even an employer with a sensitive approach to disabled employees can be found guilty of unlawful discrimination if it thoughtlessly disciplines an employee for disability-related absence. In the case... Read full article
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