Category: Employment Law

Bell v Alliance Medical: a warning to employees

Bell v Alliance Medical: a warning to employees

It is trite that an employer will be vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their employees (when done in the course of their employment). But it is often forgotten that the employee remains jointly...

Trip hazard Muslim jilbab: discrimination?

Trip hazard Muslim jilbab: discrimination?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently been asked to decide whether a nursery school’s requirement that a Muslim lady not wear a full-length jilbab – because this would present a tripping hazard – was...

New law introduced in May under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

New law introduced in May under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

New law introduced in May under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 The first commencement order made under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 has been published. From 26th May...

New rules on zero hour contracts

Exclusivity terms unenforceable in zero hours comes into force under s 164(1). This section inserts the Employment Rights Act 1996, Pt 2A, which renders unenforceable any exclusivity term (see s 27A(3)) in a “zero...

Non-payment of bonus disability discrimination

Non-payment of bonus disability discrimination

A bonus scheme penalising employees for their poor sickness records was disability discrimination, holds the EAT, even though the bonus administrator had no knowledge of the disability. Background The employer in this case, the...

Constructive Dismissal – delay fatal to claim?

Constructive Dismissal – delay fatal to claim?

Was the employee’s argument that she was too ill to resign for 18 months successful? Or was she found to have affirmed her contract and therefore not able to bring her constructive dismissal claim?...

Managing Sickness Absence – a Springhouse Checklist

Managing Sickness Absence – a Springhouse Checklist

Dealing with sickness absence is a perennial problem for employers and employees alike, with unfair dismissal and discrimination rearing its head at every turn. Our checklist will put employers and employees on the right...

Changes to ante-natal rights employment law.

Today, 1 October 2014, several employment law changes take place (see further below).  In this alert we consider one of those changes – the extension of the right to time off to attend ante-natal...

Joshua Rozenberg – Are We Training Too Many Lawyers?

Joshua Rozenberg – Are We Training Too Many Lawyers?

  Joshua Rozenberg asked on Radio 4’s Law in Action what America has been asking and answering for some time now (here and here): Are legal training colleges training too many lawyers? For many in the industry the answer is...

Employment Law: A Brief Introduction | Defero Law

Employment Law: A Brief Introduction | Defero Law

A short introduction to UK employment law This article sets out a précis of some of the employment law issues that businesses may wish to consider when establishing, or furthering, a commercial presence in...

Boring Data Protection

Boring Data Protection

The other week I was in England discussing with a client the question of Data Protection and the difference between Romania and England. Data Protection has been a hot topic in the Western half of...

‘Private emails’ – fact or fantasy? Do Google snoop on messages?

‘Private emails’ – fact or fantasy? Do Google snoop on messages?

The media has been awash with sensationalist headlines recently about the veritable evils of Gmail, and how they are sneakily checking all your correspondence. There is outrage from journalists who are disgusted and appalled...

Employment Tribunal Fees introduced

Employment Tribunal Fees introduced

As most readers will be aware, fees are due to be introduced into the employment tribunal system from next Monday, 29 July 2013 when the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order...

Equality Act 2010 Does Cover Victimisation After Employment

Equality Act 2010 Does Cover Victimisation After Employment

Bethan Jones, a solicitor in the Lanyon Bowdler employment department summarises this recent case: The Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October 2010, combined and re-stated the previous legislation governing discrimination....