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Employment Law News
The Vento Guidelines (named after the case in which they originated – Vento –v- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (2003)) are a set of guidelines used to calculate awards of compensation for injury to feelings to victims of employment based discrimination. From 6th April 2021 cases presented before the Employment Tribunal which involve a...
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In 2016, a number of Uber drivers submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal to establish their employment status.  The drivers argued that they were workers, which would give rise to workers’ rights, including minimum wage, annual paid leave and the benfit of other protections such as from discrimination. However, Uber argued that the drivers...
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With the Governments job retention scheme set to finish at the end of April 2021, are you and your business ready for the reintroduction of colleagues into the work place? It seems unlikely the furlough scheme will be extended any further given the recent announcement by the prime minister and his plans to ease lockdown...
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Our employment team are frequently asked by new clients ‘There’s an issue at work and I don’t know what to do or who to tell about it?’ Usually by the time someone reaches out to a solicitor the issues they are facing becomes a factor in them not wanting to work there anymore. Whistleblowing is...
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In a recent Employment Tribunal case a hairdresser won the right to claim notice pay, holiday pay and redundancy pay in what is being called a landmark case in employment law. Meghan Gorman worked as a self-employed hairdresser for 6 years. The employment tribunal in Manchester found that the level of control she retained over...
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The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that the employment tribunal system needs increased resources to assist in clearing the backlog of employment tribunal claims ahead of the anticipated surge of claims as a result of Covid-19. Since employment tribunal fees were scrapped in 2017 there has been a significant increase in claims...
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April brings a new tax year and a host of Employment Law updates. From 6th April 2020, the calculation of holiday pay for people who work variable hours will change from an average of the preceding 12 weeks to the preceding 52 weeks or from the commencement of employment if that is shorter. A new...
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Government advice and guidance in response to the COVID-19 Global pandemic is developing on a daily basis. Employment Law is one of the areas most significantly affected by the ongoing changes.   The Government announced on Monday 23rd March that all non-essential retail outlets are to close with immediate effect, following the earlier imposition of...
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The Employment Tribunal sitting at Norwich has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief in an unfair dismissal case brought by Mr Casamitjana against the League Against Cruel Sports. Before a decision can be made by the ET regarding whether or not the Claimant was dismissed for gross misconduct, they had to decide whether...
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Did you know the duty on employers to maintain National Minimum Wage records moves to the transferee when a TUPE transfer takes place? The Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed in Mears Homecare Ltd v Bradburn and others (May 2019) that the duty on employers to maintain National Minimum Wage records moves to the transferee (or ‘new’ company)...
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