Checking employees’ right to work in the UK

right to work in UK

With penalties for employing illegal workers including fines of up to £20,000, employers usually take a cautious approach to ensuring their employees have the right to work. This article considers Read more…

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Posted on Jan 16th, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

Can individuals be liable for dismissal-related damages in whistleblowing detriment claims?

can individuals be liable for dismissal-related damages in whistleblowing detriment claims?

In International Petroleum Limited v Osipov, the Employment Appeal Tribunal unusually found that an individual was liable for losses flowing from dismissal. It is more usual for the employer to Read more…

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Posted on Jan 2nd, 2018 by Lyons Davidson

What amounts to unfavourable treatment under section 15 of the Equality Act?

Unfavourable treatment

The answer to this question was recently considered in the Court of Appeal case of Andrew Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & another [2017] EWCA 1008.

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Posted on Dec 19th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Avoiding employee misconduct at the office Christmas party: tips for employers

Employee misconduct at Christmas parties

The office Christmas party season is in full swing, providing the chance for employers to reward staff for their hard work with some food and often a glass or two Read more…

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Posted on Dec 12th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Can suspending an employee amount to a repudiatory breach of contract?

Suspending an employee

Suspending an employee to investigate disciplinary actions is usually thought of as a neutral act. However, this case demonstrates that it will not always be reasonable to suspend.

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Posted on Dec 5th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Voluntary overtime and holiday pay

holiday pay

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Mr G Willetts and Others forms part of a long-running series of cases extending the scope of holiday Read more…

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Posted on Nov 21st, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Religious discrimination in the workplace

Religious discrimination

Is it direct or indirect religious discrimination to discipline an employee who condemns homosexuality and speaks of repentance during a work church service?  The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered this Read more…

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Posted on Nov 7th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Equality Act 2010 and Asda Stores Ltd

Equality Act Asda

The Equality Act 2010 says that employers must provide men and women with the same contractual terms, including pay, when doing work of equal value. In October 2016, approximately 7,000 Read more…

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Posted on Oct 24th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Indirect discrimination and proportionality in Uber v Transport for London

Indirect discrimination uber tfl

In one of many battles between Uber London and Transport for London (TfL), Uber sought to challenge the requirement for London taxi drivers to pass an English language test. In Read more…

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Posted on Oct 17th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson

Whistleblower disclosure about contractual rights

Whistleblowing disclosure about contractual rights

Can a disclosure by a whistleblower regarding a contractual right be in the public interest? Yes, according to the Court of Appeal in Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed. In 2013 Read more…

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Posted on Sep 19th, 2017 by Lyons Davidson