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Sharp rise in Employment Tribunal claims

Naomi Greenwood

There’s been a dramatic rise in Employment Tribunal claims since fees for bringing an employment claim were abolished in July 2017.

Christmas party bust-up: boss to blame. The case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd

Katherine Maxwell

An employer can be held liable for the unlawful actions of one of its employees if it takes place during the course of their employment. This is known as ‘vicarious liability’.  ‘Employment’ is provided with a very wide meaning and can extend to social events that take place off-site and outside normal working hours.

Working parents to get bereavement leave

Emma Edis

Employed parents will have a statutory right to two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 13 September and is due to come into force in 2020, will allow bereaved parents to take the leave within 56 days of the child’s death or stillbirth.

‘Gay cake’ ruling provides lessons for employment law

Naomi Greenwood

On 10 October 2018, arguably one of the most highly anticipated court judgments of our time – in the so-called the ‘gay cake’ case – was declared by the Supreme Court.

Job hunters focus on gender pay gap

Katherine Maxwell

Six out of ten women would take into consideration an organisation’s gender pay gap when looking for a job, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

When is a resignation not a resignation? The case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy

Emma Edis

In the case of 'East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy', an employee in the Trust’s Records department successfully claimed for unfair dismissal following an unusual sequence of events.

Morrisons loses at High Court

Stephanie Bowen

The supermarket Morrisons has failed in its challenge to the High Court that it be held liable for a security breach that saw the personal information of thousands of its staff posted online. 

Gig-economy workers

Katherine Maxwell

In order to “fulfil the tax obligations of their workers” the Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has asked the government whether online platforms such as taxi firms or food delivery businesses could deduct tax from earnings.

Workers taking sick days drops to record low

Naomi Greenwood

Nearly 9 in 10 HR professionals have noticed that employees are spending longer at work than is required of them. This is thought to be a reflection of unmanageable workloads and employees feeling more insecure about their jobs. 

Government launches LGBT action plan

Emma Edis

Following a national survey of LGBT people, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has published the LGBT Action Plan: Improving the Lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People.

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