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Employment

Rate Rises in April 2021 – Numbers to Know

Rate Rises in April 2021 – Numbers to Know Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn This 6 April will see a number of increases to rights and remuneration rates affecting current employees and new hires: National Minimum Wage The National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase after the government...
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Harassment in the Workplace and the Importance of Refresher Courses

Harassment in the Workplace and the Importance of Refresher Courses Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn Harassment can occur in a number of ways, the general principle being where a person engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of violating another’s dignity or creating an...
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The Supreme Court ruling on pay during sleep-in shifts is expected soon

The Supreme Court ruling on pay during sleep-in shifts is expected soon Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Dan Evans The case of Royal Mencap Society -v- Tomlinson-Blake was heard in the Supreme Court in February 2020. While we await the much-anticipated decision, we take a look at the details of the case and what legal...
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Discrimination case law update

Discrimination case law update Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Dan Evans Asda Supermarkets v Brierley and others – Equal pay in retail In October 2016 the Employment Tribunal decided that Asda shop workers (who are mostly women) were entitled to equal pay to Asda warehouse workers (who are mostly men). It was held that both...
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Supreme Court gives Uber 1-star as employment claim reaches its final destination

Supreme Court gives Uber 1-star as employment claim reaches its final destination Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn For the past few years we have accompanied Uber in their long-haul legal battle to determine the future of ‘worker’ status in the gig economy. During this ride-along, the common gig-economy practice of categorising service providers...
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The Legality of Lockdown – Do Coronavirus Restrictions Go Too Far?

The Legality of Lockdown – Do Coronavirus Restrictions Go Too Far? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn 2020 was a year of rules and restrictions the likes of which no one could have anticipated. Since March, legislative responses to the Coronavirus pandemic have been issued on an almost daily basis, though still often struggling...
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Vaccination or Termination: Can Employees Be Required to Take the Coronavirus Vaccine?

Vaccination or Termination: Can Employees Be Required to Take the Coronavirus Vaccine? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn Over the last year, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread disruption to the livelihoods of the British people. At last the distribution of a vaccine provides a light at the end of the tunnel, however, there...
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Right to Work – in the UK, in a Pandemic, in 2021

Right to Work – in the UK, in a Pandemic, in 2021 Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn Between Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic, businesses have faced huge changes over the last year and the accompanying evolution of employment law shows no signs of slowing down. One area which has received particular attention over...
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The End of Post-Termination Non-Compete Clauses?

The End of Post-Termination Non-Compete Clauses? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn In an attempt to bolster competition and innovation following the disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation paper exploring ways to reform non-compete restrictive covenants in employment contracts. Non-compete clauses are...
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“Gender is a spectrum” – gender-fluid employee awarded £180k for discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment

“Gender is a spectrum” – gender-fluid employee awarded £180k for discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Rebecca Mahon Rose Taylor worked at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) as an Engineer for almost 20 years. From 2017, Ms Taylor identified as gender fluid/non-binary and used female pronouns (having previously used male...
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