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November 29, 2019

The conservative party have announced their election manifesto, committing to prioritising the “principle of fairness in the workplace”.   Source Conservative: Conservative manifesto .  Their proposals include:

  • Freeze the rates of income tax, National Insurance and VAT.

  • Increase the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 in 2020, with th...

November 28, 2019

A tribunal has awarded a gay headteacher over £696,000 compensation after he brought a claim for unfair dismissal and sexual-orientation discrimination.

The primary school teacher was dismissed by a disciplinary panel after it was found that he had had sexual activities with two 17-year-old boys, he met through a gay dating app, at his home.  He was accuse...

November 27, 2019

The minimum holiday entitlement under the EU Directive is four weeks.  However, the UK set its minimum at 5.6 weeks.

Where workers have been unable to take their holiday entitlement due to sickness, they are entitled to carry any untaken holiday into the next holiday year.  However, a recent case has held that this is limited to a maximum of the EU’s four...

November 26, 2019

An administrative assistant has been awarded £82,000 in damages after winning numerous claims for racial and gender-related harassment.

She was of Pakistani origin and the comments started when her boss expressed disappointment his daughter had married a Pakistani man.  Despite asking her boss not to talk to her like that, the comments continued over a per...

November 25, 2019

The case involved an employee who claimed he had been bullied for being a vegetarian by work colleagues.

His discrimination claim failed on the basis that vegetarianism was not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, like sexuality or gender.  It was a lifestyle choice which did not meet the criteria for a philosophical belief under the Act.

The...

November 24, 2019

Camden Borough Council has been ordered to reinstate a council manager to his job and pay £100,618 in lost wages after his claim of unfair dismissal was upheld.

The individual worked as street lighting and drainage manager.  He was involved in a complex tender process but had asked to be removed from this after his son was involved in a serious accident wh...

November 23, 2019

A tribunal has found that a male colleague had been subjected to unwanted physical contact by his female team leader, when she massaged his shoulders on two or three occasions in the open plan office where he worked.

While this fell within the definition of harassment under the Equality Act 2010, i.e. creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliati...

November 22, 2019

The Liberal Democrat Party published its manifesto on 20 November 2019. Its key policies in relation to employment law include:

  • The introduction of a "dependent contractor" employment status to sit in between "employment" and "self-employment". Workers falling under this label would be entitled to national minimum wage, sick pay and holiday.

  • Chang...

November 21, 2019

In advance of the general election on the 12 December, the Labour party has published its manifesto pledges on employment law and industrial relations. 

Full details are found from page 59 onwards: manifesto

Key pledges include:

  • living wage of £10 per hour for all workers aged 16 or over

  • compel large companies to give employees 10% ownership of the...

November 11, 2019

More than 210,000 British workers are set to see their pay rise by 30p an hour as a result of the Living Wage Foundation's campaign to increase the national minimum hourly rate.

The a voluntary scheme which 6,000 employers have signed up to the charity’s initiative.  It will see the difference between its own living wage and the government’s minimum reach...

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