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  • Do employers have to pay staff to sleep in?

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    The case of Focus Care Agency Limited v Roberts and other cases 2017 considered three appeals involving workers carrying out sleep- in shifts where they were required to carry out duties if necessary. The crux of the issue in the three appeals was whether the employees who slept in so that they could perform duties, […]


  • Sexual Harassment

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    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace The TV and newspapers are absolutely full of sexual harassment claims from both men and women, but do we know when workplace banter becomes harassment or when it is okay to touch a colleague? The definition of sexual harassment, as far as the workplace is concerned, is found in the […]


  • Parental Bereavement

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    Parental Bereavement A new Bill has been placed before parliament, that will mean employers must pay for two weeks of bereavement leave if a child of the family dies. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2017 will provide that employees who have a child (under 18) that passes away will be entitled to two […]


  • Dogs and Sick Leave

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    Leah & Evie Dogs and Sick Leave Okay, so this may be seen as an excuse to put a picture of my dog Leah (the blond one) and her friend Evie into a blog, but the latest news from the Italian courts is that dogs are part of the family. Most of us that are […]


  • Age Discrimination

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    Age Discrimination Case Here we have yet another case where a director chose his words badly in what will, no doubt, be a costly exercise for Henworth Ltd t/a Winkworth Estate Agents. Ms Gomes was just under 60 years old and happily working at the estate agents as an administrator. The agency was obviously trying […]


  • Expensive Sexist Comment

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    The Court of Appeal confirms compensation of over £360,000 to a former secretary at BAE Systems BEA Systems (Operations) Ltd v Marion Konczak at the Court of Appeal – click here for the judgment Does anyone remember the original case, back in 2008? Probably not, because at the original tribunal Ms Konczak, a secretary at […]


  • Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed

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    Employment Tribunal Fees Quashed by Supreme Court In today’s ruling the Supreme Court has said that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful. The Trade Union (UNISON) had sought a judicial review and a quashing order and they got what they asked for. The Supreme Court has held that the fees breach EU principles as well as […]


  • Taylor Review

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    The Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices The Taylor Review on employment has been published and the PM has said that she will be looking closely at implementing the recommendations. The report is actually called Good Work, The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and can be found by clicking here One of the recommendations […]


  • Manifesto Employment Highlights

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    Manifesto Employment Highlights As you might imagine all the three main parties are talking about worker’s rights in their manifestos. Labour are leading the charge with policies that cost industry rather than the government in an attempt to woo the worker. The Conservatives are also being fairly generous with employer’s bank accounts, while the Liberal […]


  • Deliveroo

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    Update on status of Deliveroo riders As promised here is the latest Gig economy update           The Deliveroo situation has progressed a little further with a change of contract coming from the  Deliveroo bosses. Under the new, much smaller, contract, or as it is known “supplier agreement” the riders will be […]