Entrepreneur with “strong views on breastfeeding” unfairly dismissed lawyer – Legal Futures

‘A Russian entrepreneur based in the UK with “strong views on the importance of breastfeeding” unfairly dismissed a lawyer after she took maternity leave, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 5th May 2021

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Judge criticises firm’s failures in defending solicitor’s dismissal claim – Legal Futures

‘A conveyancing solicitor has won her unfair dismissal and discrimination claim against a well-known Essex law firm by default after it filed its defence two days late.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2021

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New inquiry to be launched into civil servants taking second jobs – The Guardian

‘A new inquiry will be launched into civil servants taking second jobs, likely leading to officials facing tougher scrutiny after the Greensill scandal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2021

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Former subpostmasters expected to have names cleared after court appeal – The Guardian

‘Dozens of former subpostmasters who were convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting because of the Post Office’s defective Horizon accounting system are expected to finally have their names cleared.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2021

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Law firms “not being held to account for toxic cultures” – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in employment, law firms, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms are not being held to account for “toxic” work cultures, particularly where there is a lot of pressure on young lawyers, a leading expert on regulation has said.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd April 2021

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Freshfields report into bank rape allegations not covered by privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A report prepared by magic circle firm Freshfields into the alleged rape of a bank employee was not covered by legal privilege, according to an employment tribunal ruling that has now been made public.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st April 2021

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Very large organisations could see fines for health and safety offences double – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 19th, 2021 in appeals, company law, employment, fines, health & safety, news, proportionality by tracey

‘Very large organisations may see fines for health and safety breaches doubled, according to the Court of Appeal in England and Wales. There remains, however, no clear judicial guidance on what the threshold for “very large” looks like in practice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th April 2021

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Mandatory vaccinations for care home workers – a slippery slope? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Or, as Andrew Neil put it on the Spectator TV News Channel this week, “A Dripping Roast For Lawyers”. To be fair, Neil was referring to the patchwork of mandatory vaccines across the United States. But with the publication yesterday of the Government’s consultation paper on vaccine requirements for all staff deployed in a care home supporting at least one older adult over the age of 65, the debate raging about “vaccine passports” has a real target in its sights. Not only because the government has found some primary legislation that gives it the power to introduce mandatory vaccinations, but also because the proposals are not limited to employees.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th April 2021

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Clergy speak out over ‘racism in Church of England’ Published8 hours ago – BBC News

Posted April 19th, 2021 in Church of England, complaints, disclosure, employment, news, racism by tracey

‘Some ethnic minority staff who made complaints of racism within the Church of England have been paid off to “buy their silence”, BBC Panorama has been told.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2021

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Disciplinary Déjà vu: Res Judicata and Trade Union Disciplinary Proceedings – Parklane Plowden

‘The case related to a complaint made against Mr McFadden, that he had inappropriately touched a woman at an anti-austerity march attended by Unite members. A complaint was raised with Unite and Mr McFadden was found to have breached the union’s rules on conduct “in the workplace”. He appealed through the union’s procedures and his appeal was unsuccessful. Thereafter, Mr McFadden made a complaint to the assistant certification officer [“ACO”]. The ACO determined that as the alleged conduct was outside the workplace, in a context where Mr McFadden was not acting as a representative of Unite, nor at an event organised by Unite, the complaint did not pertain to conduct that Unite could discipline him for and consequently the allegation was null and void. The ACO ordered Unite to reinstate McFadden to his positions held prior to the suspension.’

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Parklane Plowden, 10th March 2021

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Liability for abuse suffered by claimant place in private care home – Local Government Lawyer

‘Steven Ford QC analyses a ruling where, in the absence of fault, a local authority was not liable for sexual assaults committed by an employee of the private residential care home at which it placed the claimant. The relationship between the abusive employee and the placing authority was not akin to employment and the duty of care owed by the authority to the claimant was not non-delegable.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2021

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Senior City lawyers want to continue working flexibly – or will leave – Legal Futures

Posted April 16th, 2021 in coronavirus, employment, flexible working, law firms, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The major City law firms are on notice that their big hitters want a permanent post-Covid change in work patterns or some will look to leave, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2021

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Solicitor unfairly dismissed for refusing Covid variation to contract – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor fired after refusing a demand to vary her contract so her firm could furlough her or reduce her wages to help it cope with the impact of Covid has won a claim for unfair dismissal.’

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Legal Futures, 15th April 2021

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Keeping it Simple … A blog by Daphne Romney QC on the Asda Stores v Brierley UKSC decision – Cloisters

‘The Supreme Court has finally handed down judgment in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley. But although it clarified and simplified the law concerning comparators at different establishments under s.79 EqA, it left other questions unresolved. Daphne Romney QC considers the judgment.’

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Cloisters, 26th March 2021

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Covid-19 related absence dismissal was not automatically unfair – St Philips Barristers

‘The Leeds Employment Tribunal has recently determined one of the first dismissals arising out of the coronavirus pandemic in Rogers v Leeds Laser Cuttings Ltd [2021] No. 1803829/2020, writes Jonathan Gidney.’

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St Philips Chambers, 25th March 2021

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“Lost years claims”: a rare re-opening following determination on damages – 3PB

‘This was a Court of Appeal decision following a hearing in December 2020. The parties to the Claim were the estate of the late Appellant, Michael Head and his former employer the Culver Heating Company Limited as Respondent.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2021

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Judgment on Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others [2021] UKSC 10 – case summary by Daisy van den Berg – Old Square Chambers

‘Judgment was handed down on 26 March 2021 by the Supreme Court in the case of Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others [2021] UKSC 10. It was held that employees working in Asda’s stores can use as comparators employees working in Asda’s depots for the purposes of an equal pay claim.’

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Old Square Chambers, 26th March 2021

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Legal implications of ‘no jab, no job’ – Six Pump Court

Posted April 14th, 2021 in chambers articles, coronavirus, employment, news, vaccination by sally

‘Gordon Menzies considers the legal implications of ‘no jab, no job’ initiatives by employers and offers a guide to some of the relevant factors that should be taken into consideration when such measures are considered.’

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Six Pump Court, 6th April 2021

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An erroneous decision to extend time under s.123(1)(b) Equality Act 2010 – 3PB

‘The Honourable Mrs Justice Ellenbogen, sitting in the EAT, held that a tribunal had erred in extending time under s.123(1)(b) Equality Act 2010 (“EqA 2010”), by failing to determine whether a claimant’s ignorance of his right to claim direct race discrimination was reasonable.’

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3PB, 2nd March 2021

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Cross – establishment comparisons are generally to be permitted save in exceptional circumstances: Asda Stores Ltd v. Brierley & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 44 – 3PB

‘This Equal Pay claim has been ongoing for some time already (since 2016) and is set to continue for some time yet. In short, the Supreme Court’s Judgment handed down 3 days ago (26th March 2021) is focused upon a narrow point, which whilst of importance and interest to both parties and their advisors, in no sense has brought closure to these proceedings which are likely to continue to attract media attention as the layers of equal value litigation unfold.’

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3PB, 29th March 2021

Source: www.3pb.co.uk