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Are you able to ban an employee from wearing a headscarf at work?

Naomi Greenwood

In short the answer is yes but only in certain cases. In the recent months there has been a high level of media coverage on this topic following the European Court of Justice giving judgement in two cases relating to Muslim women whose employment was terminated because of their insistence on wearing headscarves in the workplace. 

Discrimination should not be inferred simply because the employer’s conduct has been unreasonable

Katherine Maxwell

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently handed down their judgment in Kent Police v Bowler. They confirmed that an Employment Tribunal should not infer discrimination simply because the employer’s conduct has been unreasonable, there must also be discriminatory behaviour.

An update on the gig economy

Emma Edis

The term ‘gig economy’ is a fairly new term which you are likely to have heard in the media. Some have defined the gig economy as "a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs". It is thought that approximately 5 million people work in this type of capacity in the UK.

Are your contracts clear on when notice to terminate employment is deemed to be given?

Katherine Maxwell

If an employment contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given, notice of termination doesn’t take effect until the notice has been actually received. 

The Westminster attack – who compensates and funds rehabilitation for the bereaved families or victims after such a tragedy?

Eman Hassan

Whilst investigations into the Westminster Attack are ongoing, bereaved families, victims and their loved ones; together with the police and even solicitors, are trying to unravel the tragedy that occurred on 22 March 2017.

Update on holiday pay cases

Naomi Greenwood

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal to British Gas in the holiday pay case Lock v British Gas. 

Exciting development in the fight against glaucoma

Sarmad Gassoub

Glaucoma is an ophthalmic disease which can affect and damage the optic nerve (connecting the eye to the brain). It can lead to permanent loss of vision if left undetected and untreated, and is the main cause of permanent blindness in the UK.

Your employment rights if you suffer a brain injury or need to take time off to help a loved one

Katherine Maxwell

Returning to work after a brain injury or needing to take time off to care for someone with a brain injury can be a daunting time. However, being aware of how your employer can support you in your return to work and their obligations in terms of employment law can help ease the process. 

Funding for cataract surgery

Sarmad Gassoub

It was recently reported in the Sunday Times that the Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group, an NHS body which plans health services for the London Borough, proposes to stop one of the most common NHS operations as part of cost-cutting measures.

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