End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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New law could force employers to reveal race pay gap figures – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2018 in employment, minorities, news, remuneration by sally

‘Employers could be obliged to release their race pay gap statistics under new plans to be unveiled by Theresa May to increase ethnic minority representation in the workplace.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Restaurants face ban on taking share of tips – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2018 in employment, food, news, remuneration by sally

‘Restaurants will be legally barred from keeping tips from staff under plans to be announced by Theresa May on Monday.’

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BBC News, 1 October 2018

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Consultation launched into how employment law disputes are decided – Law Commission

Posted September 27th, 2018 in consultations, employment, jurisdiction, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The jurisdiction of employment tribunals, and the areas where they share jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear employment and discrimination claims, are being independently reviewed in a consultation paper. The Law Commission – an independent body set up to reform the law – has today published a consultation paper which asks questions about many areas of shared and exclusive jurisdiction to hear employment law and discrimination law claims.’

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Law Commission, 26th September 2018

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Serial harassers who target a new student every year working in universities, report finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, sexual grooming, universities by tracey

‘Universities are employing serial sex abusers who date a different student every year, a report has found. Research by campaigners the 1752 Group and the University of Portsmouth found that university staff who had had inappropriate relationships with one student or junior colleague were likely to have behaved similarly with others.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2018

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Claims Of Homophobic Discrimination At Work Double In A Year – Rights Info

Posted September 19th, 2018 in employment, employment tribunals, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘The number of people claiming to have suffered homophobic discrimination of work has almost doubled in the last year, according to The Times.’

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Rights Info, 18th September 2018

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Widow sues DPD over courier husband’s death – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2018 in bereavement, employment, news, self-employment, sick leave by tracey

‘The delivery company DPD is being sued over the death of a driver who collapsed after he missed hospital appointments because he feared the company’s practice of charging drivers £150 for missing work.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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Workplace gender discrimination remains rife, survey finds – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in employment, equal pay, gender, harassment, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘Gender discrimination in the workplace remains rife, with many young women experiencing sexual harassment, job insecurity and low pay compared with male peers, a survey has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2018

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Are new initiatives to tackle age discrimination on their way? – Cloisters

Posted August 9th, 2018 in age discrimination, employment, equality, news by sally

‘In this blog, Rachel Crasnow QC considers the recent proposals to reform the Equality Act 2010 outlined by the Women and Equalities Committee in its report concerning Older People and Employment which was published on 17 July 2018. Their proposals were formulated after hearing expert evidence from a range of people including Cloisters’ Dee Masters.’

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Cloisters, 17th July 2018

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Kieran Wilson on Case Management, Lists of Issues, and the Need to Know Your Case From the Start – Littleton Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in case management, employment, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘Case management is not typically regarded as the most glamorous aspect of litigation. This is understandable, since parties’ eyes are often fixed on the drama and stakes of the final hearing.’

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Littleton Chambers, 26th June 2018

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Brexit white paper – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 1st, 2018 in brexit, EC law, employment, immigration, news, parliamentary papers, visas by sally

‘on 12 July, the government published its much-anticipated Brexit white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Secured in cabinet sessions at Chequers, the proposals broadly cover post-Brexit economic and security partnerships, cross-cutting cooperation, and institutional arrangements under the familiar but increasingly threadbare banner of ‘taking back control’. To the surprise of few, the plan was immediately criticised by Brexit hardliners as defeatist, diluted and dispirited. To the surprise of many, including the prime minister herself, it prompted the resignations of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and secretary of state for exiting the EU David Davis.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th July 2018

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Court allows police to reveal acquittals during record checks – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2018 in appeals, criminal records, employment, news, police, Supreme Court by sally

‘Police forces can reveal whether individuals have been acquitted of criminal charges when issuing information for enhanced record checks, the supreme court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2018

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Court dismisses claim duty of care is owed to employees in litigation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2018 in duty of care, employment, news, police, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘Employers do not owe their employees a duty of care in the way they defend claims that they are vicariously liable for actions of those employees, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th July 2018

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Too Hot to Work? Your Rights in a Heatwave – Rights Info

‘Most of your conversations in the workplace over the last few weeks have probably involved the weather, with blazing temperatures sweeping across much of the UK. MPs have warned that the current heatwave could become the new normal for our summers by 2040, so what are your rights when the mercury rises?’

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Rights Info, 26th July 2018

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Firms failing to tackle sexual harassment, say MPs – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2018 in employment, harassment, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Businesses, government and regulators are failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, say MPs. The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has published a five-point plan to deal with the problem.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2018

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Transgender van driver sues for gig economy discrimination – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2018 in bullying, employment, harassment, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘A transgender woman who worked as a van driver in the gig economy is bringing a discrimination claim against courier company Gnewt Cargo.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2018

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Failure to enforce law means older workers face discrimination – report – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2018 in age discrimination, elderly, employment, enforcement, news, reports by tracey

‘Government ministers and Britain’s equalities watchdog are failing to save more than a million older workers from discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, according to a group of MPs. In a highly critical report for the government, the women and equalities committee said the talents of older workers were going to waste because too little was being done to enforce discrimination law.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Rulings clarify scope of employers’ disability duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 16th, 2018 in disabled persons, employment, equality, news by tracey

‘ Doing the right thing by disabled employees may require more than mere compliance with the minimum requirements set out in equalities law.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2018

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Appeal right essential where employee dismissed over right to work – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 5th, 2018 in appeals, dismissal, employment, employment tribunals, immigration, news by tracey

‘An employee who is dismissed for being unable to prove the right to work in the UK ought to be given a right of appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th July 2018

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Supreme Court rules on true employment status of a contractor in Pimlico Plumbers case – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 19th, 2018 in appeals, employment, news, self-employment, substitution, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed Pimlico Plumbers Ltd’s appeal and upheld the Employment Tribunal’s ruling that the Respondent – Mr Smith – a plumbing and heating engineer had been:

(a) a “worker” within the meaning of section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996;

(b) a “worker” within the meaning of regulation 2(1) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833)

(c) in Pimlico’s “employment” within the meaning of section 83(2)(a) of the Equality Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th June 2018

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