Working on the Sabbath: City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd v Harvey – Law & Religion UK

‘In The City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd (t/a Oxford Bus Company) v Harvey [2018] UKEAT 0171 18 2112, the Company employed Mr Harvey, a Seventh Day Adventist, as a bus driver. Drivers were required to work on five out of seven days each week, including on Fridays and Saturdays but Mr Harvey, as an Adventist, was obliged to respect the Sabbath by not working between sunset on a Friday and sunset on a Saturday.’

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Law & Religion UK, 18th March 2019

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Diplomats can no longer hide behind immunity, legal experts claim, after “abusive” attaché withdraws defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2019 in diplomats, employment tribunals, human rights, immunity, news by tracey

‘Diplomats will no longer be able to conceal their “vile conduct” with immunity, legal experts claim, after a Qatari attaché who allegedly called his driver a “black slave” scrapped his defence. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2019

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Tribunal orders defunct law firm to pay staff outstanding wages – Legal Futures

‘A defunct family law firm has been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay two female members of staff unpaid wages and damages.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2019

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Home Office pays £1m to civil servants in discrimination case – The Guardian

‘Nearly 50 civil servants who accused the Home Office of discrimination because of their age or ethnicity have secured more than £1m in compensation following a tribunal.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2019

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Police force ‘discriminated against white heterosexual male’ – BBC News

‘A police force which rejected a “well prepared” potential recruit because he is a white, heterosexual male has been found guilty of discrimination.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2019

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Sacked 88-year-old hospital secretary becomes oldest person ever to win age discrimination case – Daily Telegraph

‘An 88-year-old hospital secretary has become the oldest person ever to win an age discrimination case after she was marched out her office and later dismissed over “frality” claims.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2019

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Case Comment: Michalak v GMC [2017] UKSC 71 – UKSC Blog

‘The case was about the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, s 120(7), which removes from the jurisdiction of the employment tribunal any decision which is “subject to an appeal or proceedings in the nature of an appeal”.’

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UKSC Blog, 29th January 2019

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Court restores appeal after email over 10MB bounced back – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has granted leniency to a litigant whose first attempt at submitting a document failed because the electronic file was too big. In J v K & Anor, Lord Justice Underhill said the appellant, then unrepresented, could not have been expected to know the limits on email submission and his appeal was wrongly dismissed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd Janaury 2019

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DWP acted ‘perversely’ in sacking of disabled woman, judge finds – The Guardian

‘A disabled woman was discriminated against when she was unfairly sacked by the Department for Work and Pensions, which behaved in a “perverse” and “blinkered” manner, a judge has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport – The Guardian

‘Jess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2019

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Judge who told barrister she “did not need to lie” was not biased – Litigation Futures

Posted January 16th, 2019 in barristers, bias, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘A judge who accused a barrister of telling a lie when she had misheard what was said did not give rise to a conclusion of apparent bias, the employment appeal tribunal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th January 2019

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London borough acted unlawfully in dismissing three housing officers, tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham acted unlawfully when it dismissed three housing officers, an Employment Tribunal has ruled. The ruling of the East London Employment Tribunal was handed down last month (27 December), following a hearing in October and November 2018. The council dismissed the three employees in the summer of 2017, suggesting that their roles were redundant. However, the Employment Judge ruled that in reality their roles were not redundant and that all three employees were unfairly dismissed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2018

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No TUPE protection for most staff shed in Lawyers Inc takeover – Legal Futures

‘Only five out of 22 lawyers and staff who lost their jobs when Hull firm Ingrams collapsed in July 2017 were protected by the TUPE regulations when the firm was effectively taken over by an innovative alternative business structure (ABS), an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

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Workers get new rights in overhaul but zero-hours contracts remain – The Guardian

‘The government has introduced what it claims to be the biggest package of workplace reforms for 20 years after concerns that ministers have failed to appeal to voters who are “just about managing”.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018

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Discrimination claims against leading firm an “abuse of process” – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has ruled that claims of racial discrimination and harassment brought against national firm Shoosmiths amount to an abuse of process.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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Case of ex-magistrate challenging top judges moves forward – Family Law

Posted December 6th, 2018 in adoption, employment tribunals, magistrates, news, victimisation by sally

‘Former magistrate Richard Page has been granted permission to take his case against the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Page is accusing the most senior judges in England and Wales of victimising him for his view that children do best when raised by both a mother and a father.’

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Family Law, 5th December 2018

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Sacked vegan claims discrimination in landmark case – BBC News

‘A tribunal is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a “philosophical belief” akin to a religion, in a landmark legal action.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2018

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Bus driver sacked for positive cocaine test awarded £40k as tribunal agrees drug came from students’ notes – Daily Telegraph

‘A bus driver who was sacked for testing positive for cocaine has been awarded £40,000 after a tribunal ruled the drug could have got into his system when he licked his fingers after accepting notes from students.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2018

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Judge appeals for funds to fight judiciary whistleblowing ruling – The Guardian

‘Claire Gilham wants judges to have legal protections for disclosures in public interest.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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Council wins appeal over disclosure order that would have meant it breached law – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2018 in disclosure, documents, employment tribunals, local government, news by tracey

‘A borough council has won an appeal after an Employment Tribunal ordered disclosure which would, if given, have resulted in the local authority breaching the law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk