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Complete Employee Guide to Continuity of Employment/Length of Service – May 2020

Tom Street’s 10 point Employee Guide to Continuity of Employment/Length of Service UPDATED May 2020 How long you’ve worked for your employer (continuity of employment) is quite a fundamental point when it comes to the application of employment law. For example, you only gain certain statutory rights if you have been employed for a particular … Read more

Increase in single tribunal claims

The quarterly tribunal statistics published on 8 March 2018, for the period from October to December 2017 showed that: The number of single claims received at the Employment Tribunals increased by 90%, which was the highest since the introduction of the fee regimen The number of multiple claims received at the Tribunals increased by almost … Read more

Definition For ‘Unfavourable’ Treatment With Regards To Disability Discrimination

  The Supreme Court has recently held that ‘unfavourable’ treatment is different from ‘detriment,’ especially in claims for discrimination arising from a disability. This, in turn, stirred a new discussion about what is the correct definition of ‘unfavourable’ treatment, when it comes to disability discrimination.     In the Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension … Read more

Whistleblowing claims double in a year

  In 2018 the outcome of a range of UK employment law cases may have long term implications for whistle-blowers and their employers.    Employees can be held liable personally for dismissal and other detriment   According to the Court of Appeal in the case of Timis and Sage vs Osipov, the personal liability of … Read more

Tribunal finds police discriminated against white heterosexual male

In the much debated case, Cheshire police force rejected a potential employee just because he was white.  The recruit was a well prepared candidate but was discriminated against because he was a heterosexual male.  Son of a detective inspector in Cheshire Police, Matthew Furlong applied to join the police force, at the age of 23, … Read more

Lecturers seek rights to be recognised as workers

Most recently,  art educators to the National Gallery to court and sought to be recognised as employees instead of freelance workers. This is a landmark case which has shifted the spotlight on the gig economy now into the realms of the public sector.  The case A group of 27 artists and art lecturers were dismissed … Read more

Hermes Couriers are Workers not Self Employed

Recently an employment tribunal ruled that a group of courier workers for the delivery company Hermes are to be treated as workers instead of self-employed. The tribunal in Leeds decided that the drivers must also be entitled to basic rights of employment like national minimum wages and holiday pay. The decision The lawyers Leigh Day … Read more

Are there changes ahead for flexible working?

What is flexible working? Flexible working is a kind of working pattern which differs from your existing work pattern. These differences can be on the basis of working arrangements and hence, may include the following: Changing from full time work to part time Changes in part time working hours, for instance, working on weekends to … Read more

Unconscious bias led to unfair dismissal by the NHS

  How can you be sure that your organisation follows a discrimination free decision making? A well updated equality and diversity policy manual, a fully trained workforce? But are these enough? Irrespective of the best efforts of employer, sometimes discrimination cases are unavoidable.  A survey collated over the last 5 years, has found that while … Read more

Tribunal Finds Gay Head Teacher Suffered Discrimination

An employer’s unreasonable behaviour can lead to discrimination found the employment tribunal in the case of Tywyn Primary School vs Aplin.  Background It was heard that Mr. Aplin, a 42-year-old gay head teacher, indulged in consensual sex with two 17-year-old males who he met online on a gay dating website. Following an investigation by the … Read more

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