Whistleblowers deterred by fears over damaging career prospects, finds research – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2017 in employment, news, professional conduct, reports, statistics, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Nearly two-thirds of UK business managers would avoid whistleblowing at work for fear of damaging their career prospects, a new report has found.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2017

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Youth Justice System ‘Falls Short’ of Human Rights Obligations, MPs Claim – Rights Info

‘The current system of disclosing past convictions undermines the principles of the youth justice system, according to a report published today by the Justice Committee.’

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Rights Info, 27th October 2017

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Workplace bullying and the law – OUP Blog

Posted October 26th, 2017 in bullying, employment, news by sally

‘Is the law able to offer any assistance to victims of workplace bullying? Let me recite an example, which is all too commonplace.’

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OUP Blog, 25th October 2017

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Black former Met officer wins right to sue for discrimination – The Guardian

‘Supreme court ruling hailed as gamechanger by Race4Justice, which says professionals in many fields will now get full protection of equality legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2017

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Employer had no property claim in its emails or their contents: (1) Capita Plc, (2) Capita Property & Infrastructure Ltd v Darch & Others – Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in disclosure, electronic mail, employment, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘The High Court held that an employer did not have a claim to property in emails or the contents of emails (not limited to those concerning business matters) that were sent by employees from the employer’s email accounts.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 4th October 2017

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A Guide to using Statistics in Employment and Equality Litigation – Cloisters

‘Numbers can be anathema to many lawyers. Yet statistics are a useful weapon in the litigation armoury. This week the Government released its Race Disparity Audit which provides a wealth of such statistics and is a timely reminder of the role that they can play in litigation. Tom Gillie discusses three recent examples of how statistics can be used to advance successful arguments in employment litigation and broader equality context, for example, in relation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.’

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Cloisters, 12th October 2017

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‘Absolutely unacceptable’: UK accused of failing to protect domestic workers – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2017 in employment, forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings, visas by sally

‘Campaigners have warned that thousands of foreign domestic workers remain enslaved behind the closed doors of some of Britain’s wealthiest neighbourhoods after the government failed to implement safeguards designed to protect them from abusive and exploitative employers.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2017

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Judge sues over lack of whistleblowing protection – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in appeals, employment, human rights, judges, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘A judge who has spoken out over the impact of austerity on the justice system has taken a test whistleblowing case to the appeal court.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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UK gender inequality as bad as 10 years ago, EU league table shows – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2017 in education, employment, equality, gender, news, reports, sex discrimination by sally

‘Britain has made zero progress in tackling inequality between the sexes in the past decade and lags behind Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and France in the EU’s latest gender equality league table.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Asda equal pay case: The landmark legal battle that could stop women in the UK being paid less than men – The Independent

‘The latest hearing in the UK’s largest ever private sector equal pay claim is due to kick off on Wednesday, in a case that could eventually see around 15,000 predominantly female Asda workers recovering well over £100m in pay.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2017

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Foster carer fights for workers’ rights – BBC News

‘A foster carer is launching a legal claim to argue for workers’ rights for people in her role.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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Strike law reforms mean unions pursuing ‘winter of discontent’ risk consequences, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2017 in employment, industrial action, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Changes to industrial relations law mean trade unions are facing a very different legal landscape from the “winter of discontent” 40 years ago, despite recent threats of illegal strike action over public sector pay.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2017

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Uber appeals over tribunal ruling giving drivers benefits – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2017 in appeals, employment, holiday pay, internet, news, self-employment, statutory sick pay, taxis by tracey

‘An appeal by Uber against a ruling that its drivers are entitled to benefits such as holiday pay is due to be heard at an Employment Appeals Tribunal.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2017

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Addison Lee wrongly classed drivers as self-employed, tribunal rules – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in employment, employment tribunals, holiday pay, news, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Drivers for London-based minicab company Addison Lee could be owed wages and holiday pay after an employment tribunal test case found that some had been wrongly classed as self-employed.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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UK legal claims grow over exposure at work to toxic diesel fumes – The Guardian

‘Legal claims over exposure to diesel exhaust fumes at work are growing as unions warn toxic air in the workplace is a ticking time bomb on a par with asbestos.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2017

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Pensions Regulator launches landmark prosecution over auto-enrolment – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 12th, 2017 in employment, news, pensions, prosecutions by tracey

‘A bus company that allegedly deliberately avoided enrolling staff into a workplace pension scheme is being prosecuted by the UK’s Pensions Regulator.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th September 2017

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Slavery checks not fit for purpose at UK firms, report says – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in employment, forced labour, news, reports, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘UK businesses are running the risk of employing forced labour because they do not know enough about their staff, researchers have warned.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2017

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Paralegal wins employment tribunal claim for £14,000 bonus from personal injury firm – Legal Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in contracts, employment, employment tribunals, law firms, news, paralegals by sally

‘A paralegal employed by a personal injury firm under an oral contract was entitled to a bonus payment worth almost £14,000, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 5th September 2017

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Your employment rights could be put at risk through Brexit. Here’s why – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2017 in bills, EC law, employment, holiday pay, news by sally

‘Part-time and agency workers and those facing redundancy are already targeted by bosses – and the EU withdrawal bill could make them more vulnerable.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2017

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Unite asks barrister to examine worker blacklisting collusion claims – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2017 in construction industry, employment, news, reports, trade unions by sally

‘Britain’s biggest trade union has commissioned a barrister to examine allegations that union officials colluded with a covert blacklisting operation financed by major firms to prevent certain workers from being employed.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2017

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