Public Sector Exit Payments – Old Square Chambers

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in employment, legislation, news by sally

‘As you may recall, Section 41 of the Enterprise Act 2016 gave the Government the power to issue regulations capping public sector exit payments at £95,000. Although draft regulations were published for “illustrative purposes” to assist the parliamentary debate on what became the Enterprise Act, no further moves were made at the time to implement this cap.’

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Old Square Chambers, 3rd February 2017

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How laws are putting strippers in greater danger – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in employment, licensing, news, sex establishments, women by sally

‘Members of the East London Strippers Collective campaign group have seen the rise and fall of the ‘bonaza era’ of exotic dancing, and they say women are the ones suffering.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2017

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Certainty for all: a plea to the Taylor Review by Caspar Glyn QC, Anna Beale & Nathaniel Caiden – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in carers, employment, minimum wage, news by sally

‘In November 2016, the government commissioned a review of modern employment practices. It is being led by Matthew Taylor and will focus on what has become known as the “gig economy”. In this blog, we summarise our written evidence to that review. Our central plea was that our legislators provide certainty for all. In our view this can best be achieved by extending basic workers’ rights to all but the truly self-employed.’

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Cloisters, 9th February 2017

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New government guidelines will end the practice of boomerang bosses – Home Office

Posted February 21st, 2017 in consultations, emergency services, employment, fire services, news, pensions, retirement by sally

‘New government guidelines will stop senior fire officers from being re-employed in the same or similar roles after they have retired.’

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Home Office, 21st February 2017

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Plumbing the depths of employment status as the gig economy gathers steam – Cloisters

‘Akua Reindorf analyses Pimlico Plumbers v Smith in the Court of Appeal and provides a round-up of employment status reports and inquiries.’

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Cloisters, 10th February 2017

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Joseph Bryan: High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes – Is Discrimination Law Working? – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 20th, 2017 in employment, employment tribunals, equality, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘In December 2015 Nicola Thorp, employed by reception agency Portico, turned up for her first day of work as a temporary receptionist at PwC. She was wearing smart flat shoes, but was told that Portico’s policy required women to wear heels between two and four inches high. She was given an ultimatum: go out and buy high heels or go home. Ms Thorp refused to buy a new pair. When she challenged the policy, her manager sent her home without pay.’

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Littleton Chambers, 30th January 2017

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Katherine Apps on New Data Protection Case from Court of Appeal – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 17th, 2017 in data protection, disclosure, employment, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘Following the case of Durant v Financial Services Authority [2004] FSR 573 it became common for an employer to resist providing disclosure to an employee who makes a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998 wholly or mainly in order to obtain material which would assist in pursuing litigation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 16th February 2017

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Lesson for employers and unions from Southern Rail industrial action, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 7th, 2017 in arbitration, employment, news, railways, trade unions, transport by sally

‘The partial resolution of the dispute between Southern Rail and trade union representatives for its drivers and conductors provides an “interesting contrast and lessons” for both employers and unions, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th February 2017

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Inquiry launched into UK gender laws amid fears over Brexit effect – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2017 in amendments, bills, EC law, employment, equality, inquiries, news, repeals, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A major review into the UK’s gender discrimination laws is to be launched amid fears a potential post-Brexit move towards a lower regulation economy could see protections eroded.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2017

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Fine firms for sexist dress rules, say MPs – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in employment, equality, fines, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘The government must enforce the law to ban sexist dress rules at work that discriminate against women, MPs say.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2017

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Sexist workplace dress codes ‘force women to dye hair blonde and wear revealing clothes’ – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2017 in employment, equality, health & safety, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Women are still being forced to wear high heels, make-up and revealing clothes by some employers, a parliamentary report has found.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2017

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MPs call for unpaid internships ban – BBC News

Posted January 17th, 2017 in employment, equality, news, parliament, reports by tracey

‘Unpaid internships should be banned as a barrier to social mobility, says a report from MPs and peers.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2017

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Would you support a maximum wage law in the UK? – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2017 in employment, news, remuneration by sally

‘Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has again suggested he would like to see a maximum salary cap in the UK. Would you support this policy? And what level do you think maximum earnings should be?’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2017

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A technology top ten for 2017 – Technology Law Update

‘What should we expect in the technology space in 2017?

We take a look at current trends and focus on some of the legal opportunities and pitfalls that they present.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th January 2017

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Government names new chief to lead crackdown on worker exploitation – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2017 in employment, gangmasters, immigration, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The government has moved to crack down on unscrupulous employers by appointing a new boss to lead the collection of government bodies tasked with stamping out exploitation in the workplace. Prof Sir David Metcalf, a founding member of the Low Pay Commission and former chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, was named on Thursday as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2017

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Gangmasters agree to pay more than £1m to settle modern slavery claim – The Guardian

‘A Kent-based gangmaster couple have agreed to a landmark settlement worth more than £1m in compensation and legal costs for a group of migrants who were trafficked to work on farms producing eggs for high street brands.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2016

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Employment law brief – New Law Journal

‘Ian Smith examines the recent cases that have been driving employment law.’

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New Law Journal, 18th November 2016

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Is new employment law really necessary to protect the gig workers? – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment by sally

‘Significant number of the self-employed are neither enjoying the advantages of self-employment nor benefiting from the rights associated with employment.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2016

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SFO asks for private hearing in unfair dismissal claim by ex-Barclays banker – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in banking, employment, fraud, news, private hearings, unfair dismissal by sally

‘The Serious Fraud Office will on Monday ask a London employment tribunal to hear an unfair dismissal claim by a former senior banker at Barclays in private.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

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‘Vexatious’ barrister loses High Court appeal against disbarment – Legal Futures

‘A barrister who was disbarred after the Employment Appeal Tribunal made a ‘restriction of proceedings’ order (RPO) to prevent him bringing further vexatious claims, has had his appeal to the High Court rejected.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2016

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