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Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory

An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly discriminated against by her employer on the grounds of her religion or belief when it dismissed her for expressing negative views about a colleague’s homosexuality. However, the employee’s claim of harassment was not upheld because the… Read More

Government explains increase in apprenticeship national minimum wage rate

On 18 June 2014, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) was asked to make recommendations on the levels of each national minimum wage (NMW) which it believed should apply from October 2015. The government rejected the LPC recommendations on the apprentice rate, which from 1 October 2015 will be increased to… Read More

Valuing Older Workers Report from CIPD

A new study launched by the CIPD today reveals that the UK could face serious skills shortages over the next 20 years if employers don’t change their approach to workforce planning as our population ages and demand for certain services rises. New research1 from the CIPD, the professional body for… Read More

Wage Growth beats Expectations in UK

Average weekly wages, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7% in the three months through to April, compared with growth of 2.3% in the three month period to March, reports ft.com. The increase exceeded economists’ expectations, who had forecast an increase of 2.5%. This latest rise marks the fastest wage growth since February… Read More

Employee smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed

An Employee who arrived for work smelling of alcohol was unfairly dismissed. An employment judge has held that the summary dismissal of a healthcare assistant for coming to work smelling of alcohol was unfair. The judge held that a reasonable employer would not have treated attending for work smelling of… Read More

Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET)

Dismissal of Christian employee for expressing negative views on homosexuality was discriminatory (ET) An employment tribunal has held that a Christian nursery employee was directly and indirectly discriminated against by her employer on the grounds of her religion or belief when it dismissed her for expressing negative views about a… Read More

Review of employment tribunal fees begins

On 11 June 2015, the government announced the start of a review of employment tribunal fees and the fee remission scheme. The review will take a wide range of evidence into account, which has been set out in the terms of reference for the review published by the Ministry of… Read More

Employee not under implied duty to disclose allegations of misconduct in absence of express term

The EAT has upheld a tribunal’s decision that an employee was not under an express or implied duty to disclose to his employer allegations of sexual misconduct made against him while working elsewhere. The employment contract did contain express terms requiring disclosure of misconduct in certain circumstances either during employment,… Read More

Sponsoring local business in Perth, Perthshire 2014

Fairways are sponsoring the Perth and Kinross Council Business & Enterprise month for the third consecutive year. Liz Jackson, Managing Director of Fairways HR business support and recruitment specialists, said: “In our sector we know the importance of providing the right advice and support to allow firms to concentrate on… Read More

National Unemployment Statistics

National Statistics reports that the headline unemployment rate (ILO definition) ran at 6.6% during the period February to April 2014. The ILO unemployment level was 2.16 million, down 161,000 on the quarter, and down 347,000 on the same period a year ago. Table 1: Unemployment level and rate, 2013/14  … Read More