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Different Pay for Men on Shared Parental Leave 

Many employers consider enhanced payments for employees taking maternity leave to bridge what can be significant gaps between Statutory Maternity Pay but is it legal to not trickle this down to male employees sharing child care responsibilities by taking shared parental leave?     The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that employers can enhance […]


GDPR : Data Protection Revisited 

WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT COMING? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), agreed by the European Parliament and Council in April 2016, will replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec in Spring 2018 as the law regulating how companies must protect EU citizens’ personal data.   Those companies that are already in compliance with […]


Relief for Working Parents – Tax-free Childcare 

The recently introduced Tax-free Childcare scheme, which replaces the current childcare “salary sacrifice” voucher scheme from next year, is a major boost to working parents although its overall benefits remain to be seen. There is no obligation on employers to get involved as the scheme will operate directly between parents and the Government. The Tax-free […]


Social Media Slurs Lead to Dismissal 

The dangers of ill-advised posts on social media sites were at the centre of a recent employment tribunal hearing. What is more the Tribunal found that the dismissal of the long-serving employee with an exemplary record was fair. The case of Plant v API Microelectronics Ltd was heard in Norwich in March 2017. The employee […]


Employment Tribunal Fees Scrapped 

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES SCRAPPED AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING   After two failed attempts in its dogged fight to obtain justice, the Trade Union UNISON was finally vindicated in its crusade against the fees, which were introduced four years ago. The ruling by a panel of seven justices, headed by the Court?s President, Lord Neuberger, came […]


CASE OF INDIRECT RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION 

TEACHER WINS CASE OF INDIRECT RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST COUNCIL WHO DISMISSED HER FOR NOT LEAVING HER HUSBAND CONVICTED OF SEX OFFENCES UNFAIR DISMISSAL &?DISCRIMINATION ON GROUNDS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF The Employment Appeal Tribunal finds in favour of the teacher who was dismissed based on the actions of her husband. The Claimant was a long serving […]


Trade Union Act 2016 ? in force from 1st March 2017 

The Trade Union Act prohibits industrial action unless there has been a union ballot turnout of at least 50%. In important public services, including in the health, education, transport, border security and fire sectors, an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all eligible members must be met for action to […]


MASSIVE FALL IN EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CLAIMS 

As widely expected when the controversial system of Employment Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, the number of claims being submitted by the public has dropped dramatically. Regarded by many as a tax on front-line justice, the fees mean that would-be claimants in unfair dismissal/discrimination claims have to find ?250.00 to even lodge their […]



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