Archive: Jul 2014


  • Legal Right to work in the UK

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    Do you know that all of your employees have the legal right to work in the UK. It is best practice to make sure that ALL employees have a legal right to work in the UK, not only will this save you from potential discrimination claims it could also save you a £20,000 fine if you […]


  • Too Hot To Work

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    All employers should know that there is a lower temperature limit, imposed by the HSA, at which it is considered that a person should not work. As a reminder this is set at 16 degrees C for those of us that are  sitting in offices etc. and 13 degrees C for those doing more strenuous work. […]


  • Obesity may be a Disability

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    The Advocate General has given an opinion that severe obesity may amount to a disability for the purposes of the EU Equal Treatment Framework. He has stated that a body mass index of over 40 may hinder a person’s participation in professional life to such an extent that it would be a disability. The AG thought […]


  • Age Discrimination in the News

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    Age discrimination is a complicated area of law and it deserves a lot of consideration to avoid potential problems. It is easy to see that saying someone is too old or too young is discriminatory, but what about issues surrounding medical insurance or even insurance to drive on behalf of the company. Purple Parking had […]


  • Compensation for discrimination awards is at the lowest for 10 years

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    The 2013 Equal Opportunities Review Survey has revealed that the average award for compensation in discrimination cases is at the lowest it has been for 10 years. Employees often think that winning an Employment Tribunal claim is like having a winning lottery ticket. This is not the case. The majority of the compensation for a dismissal related […]


  • Judicial review of Employment Tribunal fees

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    Between 10th September 2014 and 10th December 2014 the Court of Appeal shall hear Unison’s challenge to the introduction of Tribunal fees. The High Court dismissed Unison’s challenge on 7th February 2014 on the basis that it has been brought prematurely and that the evidence required to persuade the Court to overturn the fees was […]


  • Flexible Working for all

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    From yesterday, any employee with 26 week’s service has the right to request flexible working. Since 2009 the right to request flexible working became available to employees who had to care for children up to 16 years of age (or up to 18 years of age in the case of disabled children). Before 2009 employees had […]