Ethical Veganism is now A Recognised Protected Belief

To me, it is hardly surprising that a tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a protected belief.  Under the Equalities Act 2010 beliefs are protected if they meet certain criteria; namely the belief must be genuinely held, it must … More

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Love at Work

Stephen James Easterbrook, a British business executive, was the president and chief executive of McDonald’s from March 2015 to 1st November 2019 when he was dismissed by the Board of Directors, with immediate effect, due to evidence of a relationship … More

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Is it possible that the menopause could become a new protected characteristic?

On the 21 May 2019 a debate was held in the Scottish Parliament on It’s Time to End the Stigma of the Menopause. The outcome of the debate, that lasted over one and a half hours, was that Parliament acknowledged … More

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Backlog of Employment Law Tribunal Cases

Employment lawyers say courts urgently need larger budgets and more staff to deal with rising caseloads. Employment tribunal fees were introduced in 2013 in an aim to reduce the number of weak or vexatious cases in the court system. However, … More

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Pitter Patter

In 2018 it was a delight for the firm to welcome 6 babies, ALL BOYS, born to some of our partners and staff members. We now have a five-a-side football team in the making and have had hours of fun … More

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Please Mind the Gap

The first round of gender pay gap reporting was certainly big news in 2018. Last year in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, over 10,500 companies reported their gender pay gap figures. By the … More

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2019 Statutory Pay Rate Changes

The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2019. The weekly rate of statutory maternity pay at the moment is £145.18 or 90% of the employee’s … More

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A Company is Held Vicariously Liable after an Assault at a Christmas Night Out

The festive season is now over for another year with all the work Christmas parties attended and hopefully enjoyed by everyone. We all love a work Christmas night out but unfortunately a recent case  Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd  (2018) … More

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Should Employees Have the Right to Disconnect ?

There have recently been a growing number of calls in some countries to give employees the right to ignore out of hours work calls and emails in an attempt to rescue harassed staff from the perils of digital burnout. In … More

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent media revelation of sexual harassment among Hollywood stars has shined a spotlight on sexual harassment at work. Indeed a report by the Women and Equalities Committee published on the 25th July 2018 showed that sexual harassment in the … More

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