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Employment law is constantly changing, both in terms of legislation and when new case law develops. We can advise you of significant developments when they occur, summarising what you need to know in our clear, user-friendly email updates. As always, we will be focused on how the law will affect your workplace in practice, so that you can be best equipped to deal with any changes.

Are reasonable adjustments still required if a disabled employee hasn't asked for them?

Are reasonable adjustments still required if a disabled employee hasn't asked for them?

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

The recent case of The Home Office (UK Visas & Immigration) v Kuranchie (2017) concerned whether the Home Office had failed to make reasonable adjustments in relation to a disabled employee. Ms Kuranchie suffered from dyspraxia and dyslexia, and found that due to her disabilities, it took longer for her to complete her... read more »

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

Can employers ban religious clothing - or not?

31 March 2017 by Nicola Brown

If you believe everything written in the press (which I am sure most of you don’t!) you would think that the European Court had recently decided employers could lawfully ban headscarves in the workplace. Of course, it isn’t as quite straightforward as that. We look at the recent Achbita v G4S... read more »

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

The enemy within – employees misusing or stealing data

29 March 2017 by Anna Rabone

Businesses have to consider the security of their data, and in this technical age, that issue is of great importance. One area of particular concern is confidential data which, if it was stolen, could be used to take business away, such as lists of client or customer contact details. Often the risk here... read more »

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

The Old Grey Whistle(blowing) Test

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

It was recently reported that a former head chef was awarded £36,581 after an Employment Tribunal found he had been unfairly dismissed by his employer for whistleblowing. The chef worked at Number 1 Bar in London and was dismissed having been told that the kitchen was closing. In fact, the kitchen didn’t close and... read more »

Key Dates - increases to national minimum wage, maternity pay and other payments

Key Dates - increases to national minimum wage, maternity pay and other payments

31 March 2017 by Marianne Wright

A reminder of some key dates for April 2017: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage The National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rate increases take effect from 1 April 2017. The new hourly rates will be as follows: National Living Wage (age 25+): £7.50 Standard Adult rate (age 21+): £7.05 Development rate (age 18 - 20): £5.60 Young... read more »

Flushing out employment status issues

Flushing out employment status issues

28 February 2017 by Marianne Wright

Hot on the wheels of the recent Employment Tribunal decisions that Uber drivers and a CitySprint courier were workers (rather than self-employed), the Court of Appeal has recently considered another case of employment status, this time in relation to a plumber working for Pimlico Plumbers. The case, Pimlico... read more »

Like a prayer – employees attending religious festivals

Like a prayer – employees attending religious festivals

27 February 2017 by Anna Rabone

Holiday requests from employees are usually straightforward, but sometimes difficulties can arise. For example, what about an employee requesting a lengthy period of time off? Most employers limit holiday to no more than two consecutive weeks at a time, unless agreed otherwise on occasions. The added complication can be where a request for holiday... read more »

Dress codes requiring female workers to wear high heels – a tall order?

Dress codes requiring female workers to wear high heels – a tall order?

28 February 2017 by Marianne Wright

You may have seen the press coverage last year (and our previous article) about Nicola Thorp who worked as a temporary receptionist. Her agency, Portico, had a dress code in place at the time which required female staff to wear heels of between two and four inches. When Ms Thorp arrived... read more »

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