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Age discrimination and the entertainment industry – inherently linked but can it ever be justified?

‘Ageism alive and well in UK broadcasting’. This was Sky Sports presenter Jeff Sterling’s tweet in response to ITV’s decision to remove Clive Tyldesley from his lead role with ITV. His... Read full article

Furlough Scheme and termination

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is winding down. Many employees are facing the increased likelihood that their employment may be terminated in the near future. For those employees who have been... Read full article

Furlough Scheme update – what employers need to know

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, has been updated several times since it was first announced on 20 March 2020. The latest changes came into... Read full article

Can I be sacked for something I did in my own time?

Evidence that extreme views expressed outside work can cost you your job has been illustrated in high profile cases over the last few weeks. Labour MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was told to stand down... Read full article

Is consultation on health and safety required before a return to work?

This article first appeared in Practical Law’s Employment and Discrimination Blog and is available here   The Treasury has reported that more than eight million UK workers have been... Read full article

Employers – get ready for important legal changes this April

The world news may be consumed with COVID-19 at the moment, but there are a number of important employment law changes set to happen this spring. Here’s our list of developments that businesses... Read full article

Coronavirus – what are your rights to time off and sick pay?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, the UK is beginning to see significant disruption to travel, public events and the economy. For employees, there are a number of important issues to... Read full article

Can my employer force me to retire?

It’s no longer legal for an employer to make you retire at 65, or any other age, unless it can objectively prove there is a real business need for you to do so. However, as the recent case of an... Read full article

New paid leave rules for bereaved parents

Working parents who lose a child will be entitled to up to two weeks paid bereavement leave from 6 April 2020. According to the government, this makes the UK the most generous country in the world... Read full article

Haven’t been paid your wages? What to do next

January can be a challenging time of year with finances commonly stretched over the Christmas period. For those who are unpaid or underpaid during that time, the effects can be frustrating at best... Read full article

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
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UPDATE August 2020

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