TUPE: Service Provision Changes and the Suzen Labour Law

What is TUPE? In the United Kingdom, it is fine for any business to change ownership as long as it doesn’t affect the employees of the business. Furthermore, in all such scenarios, TUPE or Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations preserve the employment and compensation of the employees of businesses based out of the … Read more

Minimum and National Living Wage Increase

Great news for all working professionals in UK – the government has agreed to increase the National Minimum Living Wage from the 1st of April, 2018. This increase is a culmination of the reforms suggested in the November Budget statement and aims to help all workers aged 25 years and above. While employees in the … Read more

Stress at work: What are you rights?

Image Source The modern-day workplace can be very competitive. Some employers promote stricter deadlines and push responsibilities on their employees on purpose in order to motivate them. However, in most cases, pushing your employees too much can end up hampering their overall productivity and cause unnecessary stress on them. Research shows that work-related stress affects … Read more

Snow Days: Employee Rights

Image Source Generally, severe weather conditions like heavy snowfall or rain cause widespread disruption of employment services. While schools shut down, employees struggle to get to work. Considering alternative means of travel is one option during bad weather. However, many working professionals take the day off and stay at home because it is not safe … Read more

Reasonable adjustments at work – Employer obligations

What are reasonable adjustments? When organisations employ disabled workers, they must put in place reasonable adjustments at work to: Remove substantial disadvantage (more than minor or trivial). This is where a provision criteria or practice puts a disabled person at a disadvantage compared to those who are not disabled; Provide an auxiliary aid. This is … Read more

March of the Mummies – Call for better rights for mothers and parents

On 31st October 2017 parents took to the streets in 6 cities across the UK to demand recognition, respect and change for working parents. Organised by the campaign group Pregnant then Screwed, the protestors made 6 demands: Increase the time limit to submit a tribunal claim for maternity and parental leave discrimination from three months … Read more

What are Injury to Feelings?

How are employees compensated in discrimination cases over and above the loss of earnings that they may have incurred by way of an injury to feelings award. Injury to feelings awards are, unlike unfair dismissal awards, unlimited. The Tribunal will, if it considers that an employee has suffered discrimination, try to compensate that individual so … Read more

Michael Fallon resigns but is not necessarily guilty of sexual harassment

Michael Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary, following an allegation of sexual harassment, his resignation letter states that “in the past” his behaviour “had fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces”.  The Allegation Whilst there may be other allegations of harassment in the swirl of accusations, denials and apologies circling around … Read more

What is a Provision Criterion or Practice (a “PCP”)?

A provision criterion or practice (PCP) is a legal term used in discrimination law. In particular, PCP is used in indirect discrimination claims.  In order to prove indirect discrimination, firstly, an employee must prove that a provision criterion or practice has been applied to them. See Section 19(1) of the Equality Act 2010. The employee must … Read more