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CHANGES TO THE GOVERNMENT FURLOUGH SCHEME

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On Friday, 29 May 2020 Rishi Sunak announced updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The main points announced at the Chancellor's press conference include: The 10 June 2020 will be the last day that employers...

FURLOUGH LEAVE: EMPLOYEE'S FAQs

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FURLOUGH LEAVE: EMPLOYEE'S FAQs Download here ...

Covid-19 Employer Law Guide

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The Employment Law Team at Chattertons have been busy advising our clients in order to prepare for the impact that the coronavirus pandemic may have on the business and their workforce. We have put together a short guidance booklet to help answer...

Increase to Employment Tribunal compensation limits

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The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2020 has been laid before Parliament. From 06 April 2020 , the Order will implement a number of changes to compensation limits, such as: - The limit on a 'week's pay'...

Shared Paternity Pay

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Last year the Court of Appeal in the case of Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall held that it is not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than the enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to women on maternity leave. The Supreme Court...

Unfair Dismissal - Mental Health Issues

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A Sky engineer who was dismissed following failure to follow health and safety rules is successful in claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination . Mr Plowright was employed by Sky-in-Home Services Limited as a Field Engineer from March 2007...

Ethical Veganism Protected against Discrimination

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A philosophical belief is a "protected characteristic" under the Equality Act 2010. It is unlawful to discriminate against an individual because of their philosophical belief. There is a five-point criteria to be met in order to...

WHISTLEBLOWING NURSE AWARDED OVER £127,000

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WHISTLEBLOWING NURSE AWARDED OVER £127,000 IN COMPENSATION FOLLOWING A CLAIM IN THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL Whistleblowing is a term used for disclosing wrongdoing within your organisation. Workers who make what is known as a 'protected...

NHS Trust Ordered to pay £200,000

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NHS Trust Ordered to pay £200,000 in compensation for Age Discrimination Last year the Employment Tribunal in Reading heard the case of Jolly v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust which related to a claim for unfair dismissal and age...

Religious discrimination: Doctor held not to have been discriminated against

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In the case of Mackereth v The Department for Work and Pensions and another the Employment Tribunal has held that a Doctor was not discriminated against on the grounds of religious beliefs after he refused to address transgender patients by their...

Holiday Pay and Term Time Workers

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Holiday Pay and Term Time Workers Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid holiday a year. This includes agency workers; workers with irregular ours and workers on zero-hours contracts. The Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v...

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

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RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: Dismissal after comments against same sex adoption was not discrimination on religious grounds The Equality Act 2010 offers protection to individuals from discrimination because of their religion or belief. This law applies to...

Equal Pay And The Recent Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley Case

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The experienced solicitors at Chattertons always take a very keen interest in current legal cases. This is especially true when they have the potential to set a significant precedent for future proceedings. A recent case between Asda Stores Ltd and Brierley...

Government Consultation Paper; Maternity Leave Extending Rights

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The government have recently published a consultation paper to extend the rights of women who have just returned from maternity leave, giving them priority over other redundant employees when the employer offers suitable alternative employment. ...

Employment Status; Why is it Important?

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Determining your employment status can be crucial as employees will be afforded with certain legal protections that a ‘worker’ or someone who is self-employed will not receive. There are 3 main types of employment status. These are:-...

Changes to Employment Law in 2019

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These are some of the changes in respect of Employment law that we can expect to see to come into effect within the early part of 2019: Increase in National Minimum Wages Rates Both national...

Government Publishes 'Good Work Plan'

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The Prime Minister recently commissioned the independent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices to ensure that the UK Labour Market can effectively adapt to the changes in Employment Law whilst ensuring the protection of workers’ rights in the...

Supporting an Employee Struggling With Their Mental Health

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Employers have a general duty of care and responsibility for employees’ physical and mental health and to prevent personal injury in the workplace. If an employer is aware of particular health or disability issues relating to an employee, they may have...

Co-Op HR Director wins equal pay and unfair dismissal claim

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Following a three-year legal battle, the former Co-Operative Group HR Director, Sam Walker, has won her claim for equal pay and unfair dismissal. The Employment Tribunal has held that the Co-Op “directly discriminated against Sam Walker on the ground...

Recruitment Agency Held Liable when MD Punches Employee

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The Court of Appeal have held that a company is liable for a violent assault by the Managing Director on an employee after the company’s Christmas party. Although the assault happened at a different venue to where the Christmas party occurred, the...