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February 19, 2020

Last year, the Court of Appeal held that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than an enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to women on maternity leave.

In so deciding, the court held that “the predominant purpose of maternity leave is not childcare but other matters exclusive to the birth mother resulting from pregnancy and chi...

February 17, 2020

A 43 year old male employee was dismissed for sexually assaulting a 26 year old female colleague in a pub, after work, when both were drunk.  He denied the assault although he did not have a clear memory of what had occurred.

A police officer viewed the CCTV footage and identified some inconsistencies and discrepancies in the female’s account.  She decided...

February 13, 2020

Where an employee has entered into a contract of employment, knowing it is being illegally performed, they are generally prevented from bringing claims under it, such as unfair dismissal.  The same goes for an employer, so they can’t enforce areas such as confidential information.

However, in a recent case, the Claimant was not prevented from bringing clai...

February 10, 2020

New guidance from ACAS says that non-disclosure agreements cannot be used to prevent employees reporting sexual harassment to a colleague or to the police.

The resolution services body has published advice around so-called ‘gagging clauses’ following reports that employers are misusing them to stifle allegations of harassment or discrimination in the workp...

January 30, 2020

A pregnant NHS administrator was discriminated against after her manager asked if her pregnancy was planned and if the cost of her maternity leave would come out of the team’s budget, a tribunal found.  The comments were held to be “objectively inappropriate and upsetting” and “manifestly made because of the claimant’s pregnancy”.

The Claimant was a tempor...

January 15, 2020

The Claimant had been the subject of an investigation into her daughter and two young grandchildren attending the workplace during her lunch break. She alleged that she had been working while they were there which resulted in a search of her internet usage.

This revealed that not only had she not been working but that for one and half hours earlier the sam...

January 9, 2020

An Oxford University professor forced to retire before his 70th birthday because of the university’s employer justified retirement age policy (EJRA) was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against, an employment tribunal ruled.

The Reading Employment Tribunal found that Oxford University acted unlawfully by dismissing Professor Paul Ewart, who was head of...

January 9, 2020

After only a few months in employment, the Claimant felt forced to resign and bring claims of harassment and discrimination against her former employer, Highways England, her direct line manager and another manager.

Evidence showed that from immediately after her first interview, her line manager was attracted to her.  On that night he took her mobile numb...

December 13, 2019

A practising Sikh, who adhered to Kesh (the requirement that body hair not be cut) was refused work from an agency because he would not be able to shave his beard.  He brought a claim of religious discrimination.

The agency worked predominantly with five star hotels and argued that their blanket “no beards” policy had been implemented in response to demand...

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...

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