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New ‘Day-One’ Employment Rights from 6 April 2020

New ‘day-one’ employment rights from 6 April 2020 will be implemented for all new employees and workers will have the right to receive a statement of written particulars from day-one of work. There are additional statutory particulars that must be included in the statement too. This is a significant change from the existing position… Read More

Changes for Temporary Recruitment Agency Workers

Changes for temporary recruitment agency workers.  With effect from 6 April 2020, temporary work agencies must provide agency work-seekers with a Key Information Document.  This change comes under the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/725). The government has also announced plans in the Good Work Plan to… Read More

New Paid Parental Bereavement Leave Law – Jack’s Law

Paid Parental Bereavement Leave legislation comes into effect from 6 April 2020.  Parents who suffer the loss of a child will be entitled to two weeks’ paid statutory leave under this new legislation known as ‘Jack’s Law’.  “Jack’s Law” is named after the 23-month-old Jack Herd who died in 2010.… Read More

National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage Increases

Are you prepared for the increases to NMW and NLW on 1 April 2017? The Government’s National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all workers aged 25 and over, and was set at £7.20 per hour.   Employers need to remember that the current National Minimum Wage for… Read More

Vicarious Liability – Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd

 In a recent case at the High Court, regarding a Christmas party event, (Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB).) a claim of vicarious liability was brought against this particular recruitment company. Bearing in mind employers can be vicariously liable for the actions of their employees at work… Read More

Another Employment Tribunal Win for Fairways

A recent hearing has resulted in a positive outcome resulting in another Employment Tribunal win for Fairways and the company maintaining its 100% success rate in Employment Tribunal Hearings. The Case This particular case related to the Claimant alleging he had been unlawfully discriminated against on the grounds of disability by… Read More

Protected disclosures: junior doctors not protected from detriment by national training body

The EAT has upheld an employment tribunal’s decision that whistleblower protection under the ERA 1996 does not protect a junior doctor from detriment by Health Education England (HEE), the body responsible for education, training and workforce planning for all NHS staff in England. His relationship with HEE was not covered… Read More

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee’s dismissal was not direct disability discrimination

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee’s dismissal was not direct disability discrimination as the decision-maker did not know that he was disabled. The knowledge of the employer’s Occupational Health department in relation to the employee’s disability could not be imputed to the decision-maker in the disciplinary… Read More

EAT rules on correct approach to comparators in an age discrimination claim

The EAT has addressed the question of comparators in a direct age discrimination case. An employee aged over 50 who was denied the opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy during a reorganisation was able to compare his treatment with two employees under 50 who applied successfully for voluntary redundancy. The… Read More

Employment Appeal Tribunal

New early conciliation not required before amending ET claim The EAT has held that it is not necessary for a claimant to go through the early conciliation process (EC) again in respect of a new claim arising after EC has concluded and an ET1 presented to the tribunal. Parliament intentionally… Read More