Universities urged to get ‘basics right’ on sexual harassment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 4th, 2018 in disclosure, employment, harassment, news, sexual offences, universities by sally

‘Universities must do more to address sexual harassment or face legal and reputational consequences, an employment law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd April 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 28: No More Full Disclosure for Women Forced into Sex Work – 1 COR

‘Jo Moore tells Rosalind English about a recent ruling which means that women who were forced into the sex trade at a younger age don’t need to disclose their convictions when applying for jobs which require DBS checks.’

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Law Pod UK, 26th March 2018

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Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2018 in artistic works, employment, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, noise by tracey

‘A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH).’

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BBC News, 28th March 2018

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Ban non-disclosure agreements on workplace sexual harassment, says EHRC – Daily Telegraph

‘Non-disclosure agreements about sexual harassment in the workplace should be banned, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2018

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Employees must comply with work at height safety duties too – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 15th, 2018 in employment, fines, health & safety, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Two recent cases involving breaches of working at height regulations offer a clear reminder to workers of their own duties to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th March 2018

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‘The smell of air freshener brings it back’ – BBC News

‘Three women, who say they were groomed into prostitution as teenagers, have won a High Court battle which means they will not have to tell future employers about their soliciting history.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2018

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Next facing £30m equal pay claim from shop-floor staff – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, news, women by tracey

‘Next is facing a demand for up to £30m in back pay from thousands of mainly female shop-floor staff in the first major equal pay claim against a fashion retailer. More than 300 workers have registered to participate in a claim that was filed at the conciliation service Acas on Wednesday. They say they are paid £7.50 an hour or an average £2 an hour less than mainly male warehouse workers who they view as doing work of equal value. The warehouse staff also have access to more lucrative bonuses.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2018

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Staff without security clearance monitor offenders – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2018 in bail, contracting out, employment, news, prisons, probation, release on licence by sally

‘Staff without security clearance are being allowed to monitor high-risk offenders living in approved premises – commonly known as bail hostels or probation hostels – the BBC has learnt.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2018

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Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2018 in appeals, employment, news, self-employment, Supreme Court by sally

‘A plumber’s legal battle for working rights will be closely watched by “gig economy” workers when it reaches the Supreme Court on Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 20th February 2018

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UK government considers statutory test of employment status for tax – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 14th, 2018 in employment, news, self-employment, taxation by michael

“A statutory test of employment status for tax purposes is being considered by the UK government, which is asking for views in a consultation document.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th February 2018

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Government sends warning letters to 550 companies amid crackdown on unpaid internships – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2018 in employment, enforcement, news, remuneration, volunteers by tracey

‘A Government crackdown on unpaid internships was launched last night as warning letters were sent to 550 businesses threatening action unless they review their practices.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th February 2018

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Equal pay disputes: which employers have been forced to pay up so far? – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, news, women by tracey

‘This June, it will have been 50 years since sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant halted production, walked out and transformed the lives of working women forever.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2018

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High Court backs employer in dispute over closure of Wedgwood defined benefit pension scheme – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 5th, 2018 in employment, news, pensions by sally

‘Employers in the Wedgwood Group Pension Plan validly closed the scheme to future accrual and ended the link between benefits and final salary in 2006, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd February 2018

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Former prostitutes to sue the Government as criminal records stop them volunteering with Brownie groups – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in children, criminal records, employment, news, prostitution, volunteers by sally

‘Former prostitutes are set to sue the Government over criminal records checks which stop them volunteering with Brownie groups.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Data Breaches, Vicarious Liability of Employers & the Impact on the Insurance Industry – Six Pump Court

Posted January 9th, 2018 in data protection, employment, insurance, news by sally

‘The recent judgment in the Morrisons case Various Claimants and WM Morrisons Supermarket PLC concerning the vicariously liability of employers for the actions of employees involved in breaches of data is potentially highly significant for the insurance industry – both for the insurer and the insured.’

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Six Pump Court, 8th January 2018

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Gilham v Ministry of Justice: Court of Appeal Rules That Judges Are Not ‘Workers’ – Old Square Chambers

Posted January 9th, 2018 in appeals, employment, human rights, judges, judiciary, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘In this important recent judgment, the Court of Appeal unanimously held that judges are not “workers” within the meaning of section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, and therefore are not entitled to protection from whistleblowing under the provisions of that Act. The Court of Appeal also held that the absence of a remedy for whistleblowing under the 1996 Act did not amount to a breach of a judge’s rights under Article 10 or Article 14 ECHR.’

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Old Square Chambers, 3rd January 2018

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Watching porn at work – what are the legal consequences? – The Guardian

‘In a four month period in 2017, there were 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in the Houses of Parliament. Westminster may be a special case, but should it be a sackable offence in regular offices?’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Taking stock of the gig economy: lessons for technology companies – Panopticon

Posted January 4th, 2018 in employment, flexible working, news, self-employment by sally

‘A combination of high profile cases and policy announcements about the so-called “gig economy” has a particular resonance for technology companies. Technological change has transformed the labour market, which has given added urgency to finding better solutions to three much older problems:

– How should we best draw the line between the independent contractors, workers and employees?
– Should the self-employed and employees be taxed differently?
– How should personal service companies be treated for tax purposes?’

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Panopticon, 2nd January 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

More prisoners should ‘commute’ to work, says justice secretary – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2017 in employment, news, prisons, rehabilitation, release on licence by sally

‘The justice secretary is to encourage prison governors to allow more inmates to “commute to work” by making greater use of their powers to grant prisoners temporary releases on licence.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2017

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May a faith-based nursery school sack a teacher for cohabitation? De Groen – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 12th, 2017 in cohabitation, employment, employment tribunals, news, teachers by sally

‘In Ms Z De Groen v Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd [2017] UKET 3347281/2016, the claimant was employed by the respondent, a private Orthodox Jewish nursery school that followed the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.’

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Law & Religion UK, 12th December 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com