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Care Homes 1 Employees 0 – The sleep-in saga continues

Care Homes 1 Employees 0 – The sleep-in saga continues

As the World Cup was drawing to a close last Friday, the Court of Appeal issued a judgment reversing the EAT’s decision in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake a decision which crystallised a potential liability of up to £400m in back pay for workers performing sleep-in shifts...

New Acas Guidance – The 2018 World Cup and Religion or Belief Discrimination

New Acas Guidance – The 2018 World Cup and Religion or Belief Discrimination

Acas has released two new guides on The 2018 World Cup and Religion or Belief Discrimination...

Dress codes in the workplace

Dress codes in the workplace

HR Professionals may recall the highly publicised case from 2016 of Nicola Thorp, a 27 year old receptionist working as a temp via an agency, Portico, for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Part of the Portico formal dress code was for women to wear high heels. When Nicola turned up to work in flat...

New Vento Bands

New Vento Bands

Compensation for awards in discrimination is unlimited and will normally include a sum to represent financial losses (both past and future) and an award for injury to feelings. Injury to feelings are based on Vento guidelines, and these sums are subject to regular inflationary increases...

#MeToo and Beyond – Time to take Sexual Harassment Allegations Seriously (Part 2)

#MeToo and Beyond – Time to take Sexual Harassment Allegations Seriously (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed the fact that employers are vicariously liable for employees’ actions ‘in the course of employment’, and that this definition can be very wide. We looked at examples, and noted that employers need to be able to demonstrate they have taken ‘all reasonable...

New Employment Tribunal Statistics Published

New Employment Tribunal Statistics Published

The Ministry of Justice has published the provisional tribunal statistics for October to December 2017.

#BeastfromtheEast – An employment law guide

#BeastfromtheEast – An employment law guide

With the “Beast from the East” hitting the entire country, here is a quick guide for how to deal with the inevitable disruption to your business...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The clock is ticking

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – The clock is ticking

The deadline for private and voluntary sector employers who had 250 or more employees on 5 April 2017 to publish their gender pay gap information is rapidly approaching...

The Government’s response to the Taylor Report on Good Work

The Government’s response to the Taylor Report on Good Work

There has been much hype in the press about last Wednesday’s announcement by the Government that rights for those working in the gig economy will be strengthened and strictly enforced. This sounds like a radical shake-up for the growing gig economy but the announcement, whilst making promises,...

10 steps to fairly manage disciplinary issues

10 steps to fairly manage disciplinary issues

Most employers will, at some stage, have to deal with misconduct by employees. When doing so, it is important to ensure that a fair procedure is followed. It is also important to act consistently and reasonably in relation to any action that is taken...

#MeToo and Beyond – Time to take sexual harassment allegations seriously (Part 1)

#MeToo and Beyond – Time to take sexual harassment allegations seriously (Part 1)

The #MeToo movement has not increased incidents of sexual harassment, but it may well increase reporting of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace as employees feel more empowered to speak out. It is important for employers to handle situations sensitively and professionally...

The test for a fair dismissal – Reasonable investigations

The test for a fair dismissal – Reasonable investigations

In this feature we look at the case of NHS 24 v Pillar UKEATS/ 0005/16/ JW. In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an Employment Tribunal was mistaken in finding a misconduct dismissal unfair on the basis that the investigation considered previous incidents that had not...