Parks police dismissal does not engage article 8 – UK Police Law Blog

‘The recent case of Vining & Ors v London Borough of Wandsworth [2017] EWCA Civ 1092 represents an attempt to circumvent restrictions on certain types of officers from enjoying employment law rights – in a claim of unfair dismissal and for a protective award in respect of an alleged failure in collective consultation relating to their redundancies.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 15th August 2017

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Data protection: GDPR and employee surveilance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in data protection, EC law, employment, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘At present all employers have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when conducting employee surveillance, as they will be gathering and using personal data about living, identifiable individuals (location, movements, internet browsing history and so on). Part 3 of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Employment Practices Code is an important document to follow to avoid DPA breaches. It covers all types of employee surveillance.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st July 2017

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Matthew Taylor report: Government should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees – The Independent

‘Government officials should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees, according to Matthew Taylor, who today publishes a long-awaited review into employment rights of workers in the gig economy.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2017

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Workers in the gig economy should get sick leave and holidays, landmark review to recommend – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 10th, 2017 in employment, holiday pay, news, sick leave by sally

‘Sick leave and paid holidays will be extended to temporary workers in the “gig economy” under plans unveiled in a landmark review commissioned by Theresa May.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2017

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Hertfordshire CC v Davies – Arden Chambers

Posted July 6th, 2017 in employment, housing, human rights, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘The High Court has held that the exclusion from security of tenure for service occupiers is not unlawful discrimination contrary to Art.14, European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Arden Chambers, 21st June 2017

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Working in a heatwave: your legal rights – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘Have you been sweltering at work this week in a suit and tie? You may have already ditched the office dress code, but what does the law say about wearing a uniform during a heatwave?’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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Government inspectors should enforce workers’ rights, says Law Society – The Guardian

‘Government-backed inspectors should be able to investigate companies and entire industries to prevent unscrupulous companies falsely labelling workers as self-employed, according to a leading legal body.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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Council hit with £100k fine after cyber attack during IT outsourcing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A city council has been hit with a £100,000 monetary penalty after leaving employees’ personal information vulnerable to a cyber attacker who exploited a flaw in the authority’s website.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th June 2017

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Tier 2: is it Brexit ready? – Free Movement

‘Everything about the UK work permit system is designed to disincentivise employers importing migrant labour from outside of the EU.’

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Free Movement, 12th June 2017

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Father wins discrimination case against employer for failing to give him full paternity leave – Daily Telegraph

‘A father has successfully sued his employer for failing to give him full paternity leave rights, in a case thought to be the first of its kind.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2017

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‘Uber’ising the workforce – Counsel

‘Drivers, couriers and freelance plumbers: have the leaks in employment protection been repaired? Chris Milsom reports.’

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Counsel, June 2017

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Does an employer discriminate by behaving inconsistently with religious values? – Keens-Betts – Law & Religion UK

Posted June 1st, 2017 in employment, news, religious discrimination, tribunals by sally

‘Can an employee claim direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of religion because she feels that her employer’s behaviour is inconsistent with what she understands to be “the Christian way of life”? That was one of the issues raised in Miss M Keens-Betts v The Anthony Gregg Partnership Ltd [2017] UKET 2208102/2016.’

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Law & Religion UK, 1st June 2017

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Teachers win Supreme Court case in landmark ruling over ‘unfair’ pay deductions – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2017 in appeals, employment, industrial action, news, remuneration, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A group of teachers have won a “landmark victory” against their employer, after having too much pay deducted from their annual salaries. The Supreme Court decision follows a lengthy legal battle involving three teachers at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, who took part in a union-led strike in 2011 over changes to public sector pensions.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2017

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National Minimum Wage – Local Government Law

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news by tracey

‘The three appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in cases including Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts, UKEAT/0143/16/DM, consider the proper approach to the question whether employees who “sleep-in” in order to carry out duties if required engage in “time-work” for the full duration of the night shift, or whether they are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and 2015, only when they are awake and carrying out relevant duties.’

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Local Government Law, 22nd May 2017

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The Unassailable Business Case by Antony Sendall – Littleton Chambers

Posted May 17th, 2017 in dispute resolution, employment, news by sally

‘I am going to stick my neck out and suggest that workplace mediation offers perhaps the largest untapped opportunity for cost-cutting and improving profitability in business in the UK today. The many benefits of a mediation culture, including lower levels of conflict, improved morale, improved staff retention and even improved relations with suppliers and customers are really important and are a big part of that business case, but are outside the scope of this article. I am going to focus here just on the cost savings in terms of management and HR time.’

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Littleton Chambers, 28th April 2017

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Employees, Directors & the Futures Path of Corporate Governance Reform – Littleton Chambers

‘Shortly before the calling of a General Election the Business and Enterprise Select Committee of the House of Commons published a report on corporate governance. As the report’s reception and subsequent comment have made clear, whatever the outcome of the election the framework set by the report is likely to determine the direction of future corporate governance reform.’

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Littleton Chambers, 9th May 2017

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Martin Fodder & Jeremy Lewis on Important New Decision from Court of Appeal on Workers Status for Whistleblowers – Littleton Chambers

Posted May 16th, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has reversed the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal which had decided that a junior doctor’s contention that he was “a worker” in relation to Health Education England should be struck out as having no reasonable prospect of success. The decision is of importance not only to junior doctors but also more generally. Martin Fodder and Jeremy Lewis, two of the authors of Whistleblowing, Law and Practice, 3rd Edition, OUP, 2017 of Littleton, consider the judgment. David Reade QC and Nicholas Siddall (both also of Littleton) appeared in the case representing Health Education England.’

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Littleton Chambers, 9th May 2017

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Sleep-in workers revisited: a multi-factorial approach to eligibility for the minimum wage – Cloisters

Posted May 16th, 2017 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news by sally

‘Anna Beale considers the most recent guidance from the EAT on the vexed question of whether workers should receive the minimum wage for “sleep in” shifts.’

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Cloisters, 27th April 2017

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Facebook users will be given new legal right to delete all posts they made as teenagers, Tories announce – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 15th, 2017 in employment, fines, internet, legislation, news, young persons by sally

‘Facebook users will be given a new legal right to wipe clean all photos, messages and information that they put online before turning 18 under a new manifesto pledge announced by Theresa May.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th May 2017

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HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers – The Guardian

‘HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its investigation into the delivery company Hermes classifiying its couriers as self-employed, while the business has also been hit with an employment rights lawsuit from the GMB trade union.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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