Is discernment for ordination training an offer of employment? McCalla – Law & Religion UK

Posted January 25th, 2023 in Church of England, employment, employment tribunals, equality, news by sally

‘In Professor Doreen McCalla v Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance Inc & Anor [2022] UKET 1303655/2021, the claimant felt a call to ordination in the Church of England and went through its Discernment of Vocations Process between February 2016 and June 2021 but was rejected for training. She claimed discrimination in her treatment by the respondents and by others for whom she alleged the respondents were vicariously liable, both during the discernment process and in respect of its termination. She sued the Diocesan Board of Finance and the Bishop in his corporate capacity, initially claiming discrimination on grounds of sex, age and race [1-4], but by the time the claim came to trial it had been whittled down to a claim that either or both of the respondents had discriminated against her in the discernment process and its termination, in breach of s.55 (2) Equality Act 2010.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th January 2023

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UK menopause law change rejected as it ‘could discriminate against men’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2023 in employment, news, reports, select committees, sex discrimination by sally

‘Proposals to change UK legislation to protect the rights of women experiencing menopause have been in part rejected by the government due to fears such a move would discriminate against men.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2023

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Former Royal Marine seeks £1.5m in damages over hearing loss – BBC News

‘A former Royal Marine is seeking more than £1m in damages from the government over “noise-induced hearing loss”.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2023

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New Anti-Strike Laws – Understanding the rights and duties of employers and employees in industrial action – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2023 in employment, industrial action, local government, news by tracey

‘It seems that with each week there is news of a new sector or profession announcing a strike. Julie Bann, Christian Grierson and Beth Edwards consider fundamental employment law principles, answer FAQs and explore the practical and legal risks of strike action impacting the public sector.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2023

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Basildon Hospital maternity staff exposed to 30 times legal gas limit – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2023 in employment, health & safety, hospitals, midwives, news by tracey

‘Staff at a maternity unit were exposed to almost 30 times the legal workplace exposure limit for nitrous oxide, documents have shown. Testing at Basildon Hospital revealed the levels more than 16 months before colleagues were informed.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2023

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When is a contractor not a contractor? – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 13th, 2023 in contract of employment, contracting out, contracts, employment, news, taxation by tracey

‘It is essential that contractors, and anyone hiring contractors or consultants, in the UK understand what could give rise to UK employment law obligations.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th January 2023

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British Airways fined for Rhoose engineer’s brain injury – BBC News

‘The company that maintains British Airways’ planes has been fined £230,000 after an employee suffered a brain injury near Cardiff Airport.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2023

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Solicitor can sue ex-firm for misuse of private WhatsApp messages – Legal Futures

‘A High Court master has rejected what he described as a law firm owner’s attempt to “stifle” a misuse of private information (MPI) claim by a junior solicitor he dismissed by applying to have her case struck out.’

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Legal Futures, 11th January 2023

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Grant Shapps unveils new powers in strike laws – BBC News

‘Business Secretary Grant Shapps has set out plans to enforce minimum service levels during strike action, including for ambulance staff, firefighters and railway workers.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2023

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When volunteers and interns may acquire employment rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 9th, 2023 in employment, news, volunteers by tracey

‘There is no legal definition of a “volunteer” or “intern” and no specific legislation covering employer-volunteer relationships.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th January 2023

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No jab no job: 5 care home workers dismissed for not taking the vaccine – Lamb Chambers

‘In Dimitrova et Ors v Barchester Healthcare Ltd ET 1803315/2021, 5 care home workers brought claims against Barchester Healthcare Ltd, the second largest provider of care home services in the UK. These 5 Claimants were heard in the first tranche of several other claims. They all brought claims of unfair dismissal and two brought claims of direct/indirect religion/belief discrimination. Another Claimant brought a belief related harassment claim.’

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Lamb Chambers, December 2022

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Pay for Work in Prison – by Virginia Mantouvalou – UK Labour Law

Posted December 14th, 2022 in employment, news, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Prison is not a good place to be. It was recently reported that prisons are overflowing in the UK. An increasing number of people are locked up, with limited resources spent on supporting them during incarceration and after that. This is despite the fact that it is often people with a background of socio-economic disadvantage who are caught in the web of criminal justice, and that if not supported post-release, they may re-offend and end up in prison again. There is also widespread prejudice against prisoners, as we know fully well in the UK with the right to vote for prisoners saga (analysed here). The need for reform is pressing (with scholars and activists also pushing for prison abolition).’

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UK Labour Law, 12th December 2022

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One for all: SRA regulation for staff – Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog

‘All those who work in law firms, not just lawyers, are liable to sanction by both their employer and the SRA for acts of misconduct…’

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Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog, 29th November 2022

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Cabinet minister rejects national misogyny and racism inquiry – BBC News

‘A national inquiry into institutional misogyny and racism in the workplace has been rejected by the government. The inquiry was called for by the authors of a damning report into London Fire Brigade’s workplace culture.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2022

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Dyslexic M&S worker wins payout after being sacked over mistakes in emails – The Independent

‘A dyslexic Marks and Spencer worker has won more than £50,000 after losing her job following concerns about mistakes in her emails.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2022

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Leicestershire mum campaigns for workplace fertility rights – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2022 in employment, families, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘A mum is calling for more workplace rights for people undergoing fertility treatment. Becky Kearns, from Bottesford in Leicestershire, underwent five rounds of failed IVF treatment before having three children through egg donation. She is supporting a private members’ bill brought by MP Nickie Aiken, calling for a right to paid time off, which is due to be heard later.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Footballer Quitongo loses race discrimination claim against former club – The Independent

Footballer Rico Quitongo has described losing his race discrimination claim against his former club as a “bitter blow”.

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The Independent, 24th November 2022

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Alleged Islamophobia in misconduct proceedings: El Diwany – Law & Religion UK

‘Mr Farid El Diwany was twice convicted in Norway of harassment [16] and, in consequence, was struck off the Roll of Solicitors [16(ix)]. In El Diwany v Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd [2022] EWHC 2882 (Admin), he appealed against an order of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (“the SDT”) dated 18 November 2021 refusing his application to be restored to the Roll [1].’

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Law & Religion UK, 16th November 2022

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Research briefing: Seafarers’ Wages Bill [HL] 2022-23 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 17th, 2022 in bills, employment, news, remuneration, shipping law, ships by tracey

‘This briefing will discuss the Government’s Bill to ensure seafarers with close ties to the UK are paid at least an equivalent to the UK national minimum wage while they are in UK waters.’

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House of Commons Library , 14th November 2022

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Solicitor awarded £32,000 over anxiety during employment transfer – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor whose employment was transferred to another firm without notice or consultation has succeeded in a claim for constructive dismissal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th November 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk