Criminal courts face possible lawyer strike – BBC New

Posted February 17th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales may strike, in an action that could close down Crown Courts.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2022

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Barristers plan ground-breaking transparency over income and caseloads – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration by sally

‘One of the country’s largest chambers is planning to be the first to publish details of barristers’ incomes and caseloads, which would enable comparisons to be made based on gender and ethnicity.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB report: Female barristers continue to earn less than male barristers, and barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds continue to earn less than White barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report updating its analysis of data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. This builds on previous research by the BSB published in 2020 and research into incomes undertaken by the Bar Council in September 2021 by considering a wider range of factors liked to income (such as seniority and location) as well as comparing pre and post pandemic income levels.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th February 2022

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Great Ormond Street Hospital cleaners take legal action after ‘being paid less than white colleagues’ – The Independent

‘Dozens of ethnic minority cleaners are taking legal action against a world-leading children’s hospital having accused the organisation of denying them NHS contracts that would offer a higher wage as well as benefits such as overtime, sick pay, holiday pay and access to the NHS pension scheme.’

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The Independent, 27th January 2022

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‘No going back’: Criminal bar gives resounding ‘yes’ to direct action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 18th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The criminal bar could take direct action in April if the government fails to substantially increase legal aid funding by the end of March.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th January 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘No alternative’ to new walkouts in legal aid dispute, says QC – The Guardian

‘A former barrister who led the first strike at the England and Wales bar has said he “can’t see any alternative” to fresh industrial action in a dispute over legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Consultant solicitor was not an employee, rules employment tribunal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former consultant with a Midlands firm has failed to convince a tribunal that he was an employee for the purposes of making a claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th November 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court delivers Judgment on Collective Bargaining – Littleton Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others [2021] UKSC 47, an important decision for collective bargaining. It held that the employer (Kostal) was in breach of s. 145B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the “1992 Act”) by making offers of a change to the terms and conditions of employment directly to employees and bypassing the procedure for collective bargaining agreed with Unite the Union (“Unite”).’

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Littleton Chambers, October 2021

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Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley & Ors [2021] UKSC 47 – Inducements relating to collective bargaining – Old Square Chambers

‘On 27 October 2021 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley & Ors [2021] UKSC 47, allowing the appeal by 57 members of Unite the Union, recognised by Kostal for collective bargaining purposes. This is the first occasion the appeal courts considered the interpretation of section 145B of the Trade Union & Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, which was introduced following the decision of the ECtHR in Wilson/Palmer v United Kingdom [2002] IRLR 568. S. 145B gives trade union members the right not to receive offers from their employer which, if accepted, would have the result that one or more terms of their employment will not (or will no longer) be determined by collective bargaining (the “prohibited result”), if (but only if) if the employer’s sole or main purpose in making the offers is to achieve the prohibited result. Where liability is established, the Employment Tribunal (ET) must make a prescribed award (currently £4,341) to each member to whom the offer is made.’

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Old Square Chambers, 27th October 2021

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New Judgment: Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others [2021] UKSC 47 – UKSC Blog

‘The Appellant and 56 others are all members of the trade union “Unite” and are employed by the Respondent. They began formal annual pay negotiations and the Respondent made a pay offer. Union members were balloted and rejected the offer. The Respondent then made the same offer to its employees directly, bypassing Unite, also saying that if no agreement was reached “this may lead to the company serving notice on your contract of employment”.’

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UKSC Blog, 27th October 2021

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Research Briefing: Financial support for family and friends carers (kinship carers) – House of Commons Library

Posted October 15th, 2021 in carers, families, fostering, local government, news, parliament, remuneration by tracey

‘This House of Commons Library briefing paper considers what help is available for grandparents and other family and friends carers (also known as kinship carers) looking after children where their parents are not in a position to do so.’

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House of Commons Library , 7th October 2021

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Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Arbitrators escape the red card in Manchester City case – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted September 23rd, 2021 in arbitration, bias, news, remuneration, sport by tracey

‘What, I hear you ask, am I doing writing about football? Well, despite the title of this blog, it’s actually about an arbitration and subsequent court proceedings that just happen to involve a football club. I think it’s interesting for a number of reasons, not least because it applies the Supreme Court’s findings in Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd, which I blogged about last year.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 22nd September 2021

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Firms urged to protect workers from abuse in ‘wild west’ UK gig economy – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2021 in employment, harassment, news, remuneration, sick leave, trade unions by tracey

‘Gig economy firms are facing calls to better protect their workers, as an MP and a trade union warn of a wave of harassment and physical and emotional abuse facing couriers and taxi drivers.’

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The Independent, 19th September 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Police launch legal action against government amid row over pensions and pay freeze – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2021 in judicial review, news, pensions, police, remuneration by tracey

‘Police officers have launched legal action against the government over pensions as relations sour with ministers.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2021

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Can Your Employer Cut Your Pay For Working Remotely? – Each Other

Posted August 26th, 2021 in coronavirus, disabled persons, employment, flexible working, news, remuneration by sally

‘As the UK eases back into in-person work environments, some employers are considering pay cuts for employees who elect to work remotely.’

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Each Other, 25th August 2021

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Employer reasonable adjustment requirements highlighted in pay dispute – OUT-LAW.com

‘A recent ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) provides useful guidance for employers about their obligations to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to pay to account for employee disability, an employment law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2021

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Ad men sacked to improve gender pay gap win sex discrimination claim – The Guardian

‘Two white male creative directors at a top London advertising agency have won a sex discrimination claim after a female director vowed to “obliterate” its Mad Men reputation of being full of straight, white men.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

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

Posted June 28th, 2021 in contract of employment, employment, equality, news, remuneration, volunteers by tracey

‘There is no legal definition of a “volunteer” or “intern” and no specific legislation covering employer-volunteer relationships. The extent of the rights that volunteers or interns may acquire is dependent on their legal status, meaning whether they are an “employee” or a “worker” or a genuine volunteer.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th June 2021

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

What employees need to know about their rights during COVID – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 24th, 2021 in coronavirus, employment, flexible working, news, remuneration by sally

‘Since the start of the global COVID pandemic, many employees have experienced upheaval, uncertainty, and disruption within their jobs. Some employees have experienced worry about their own personal safety when they are present at their place of work. For others, being furloughed might have put their long-term career aspirations into doubt. With COVID restrictions now easing and the UK firmly following the roadmap out of lockdown, new questions are emerging about employee rights. However, it is important to remember that all employees still have significant rights during COVID.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 21st June 2021

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk