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Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

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Employment Law- Do you know your rights? The Conservative party have said they will give employees a statutory right to unpaid carers leave in order to look after elderly relatives but what are some of the other rights workers already have to time off? All employees and workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination


Sexual orientation is one of the (nine) protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) which protects a wide range of individuals (not just employees) from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of sexual orientation. Gender reassignment is also a protected characteristic meaning transsexuals, and those who are considering transitioning, are also… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Pay and Pay Equality

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The British are notoriously bad at discussing money, so the stereotype goes, but pay and pay equality have very much been in the news in recent weeks. HMRC have released details of the (frankly ridiculous) reasons some employers gave for not paying their workers the minimum wage and at the other end of the spectrum… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Status – What’s in a name? Part 2….

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In July 2016 we wrote about the importance of determining a person’s correct employment status by referencing an Employment Tribunal claim that was being pursued by a number of Uber drivers. The decision of the London Central Employment Tribunal hearing  was handed down on Friday 28 October 2016 and has been widely reported in the mainstream… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Equal Pay

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Despite The Equal Pay Act 1970 prohibiting differences in pay between women and men who carry out work of a similar kind, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has recently published a report confirming that there is still, 16 years later, a gender pay gap and that this gap widens when mothers return to the workplace… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Changes on the horizon for minimum wage


With effect from Thursday 1 October 2015 the National Minimum Wage increases to £6.70 an hour for workers aged 21 or over. There is also an increase for younger workers as well; up to £5.30 for those 18 and 20 and £3.87 for those who are under 18 but above the compulsory school age (who… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Early update on early conciliation


Since 6 May 2014, early conciliation has been a compulsory requirement for all workplace disputes heading to the employment tribunal. The stated aim of early conciliation is to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively, finding a solution that is acceptable to both parties. Anyone proposing to make an employment tribunal claim will… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New ACAS guidance for something that is not all new

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The Government has been running a campaign to reduce the amount of “red-tape” that business has to deal with. There is no definition of “red tape” but the thrust of the campaign is to get rid of unwanted regulations. However, the regulations were wanted once and would have not been brought in without a considerable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Unfair dismissal and the range of reasonable responses

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When an Employment Tribunal is assessing whether an employer has dismissed someone fairly they must not think what they would have done.  Instead they should look at whether the employer’s decision to dismiss fell within the range of reasonable responses to the circumstances that they faced. It is also the case that an employer should… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Hiring foreign language speakers

English may be the international language of commerce, but the ability to speak with people around the world in their own tongue is increasingly important in this global market. Employers seeking those with a gift for foreign languages must understand how to attract the necessary skills, without straying into discrimination. For reasons few can agree… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)