Disputes in the COVID-19 era: the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) considers dismissals relating to a refusal to wear a facemask and a belief in serious and imminent danger

Two recent ET decisions have shone some light on how employment disputes related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered by tribunals. Although both are first instance rulings, and therefore Read more…

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Posted on Apr 19th, 2021 by Anthony Heywood

Reasonable Steps Defence

Employers can be vicariously liable under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) for an act of discrimination committed by an employee even though they did not know about the acts of Read more…

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Posted on Mar 18th, 2021 by Anthony Heywood

Uber v Aslam: the Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (‘ERA’) but what next?

In a landmark decision with potentially wide-ranging implications for Uber and the gig economy at large, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are workers under s.230(3) ERA despite complex Read more…

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Posted on Feb 26th, 2021 by Anthony Heywood

First instance decision; gender-fluid and non-binary workers protected under the Equality Act 2010

Ms R Taylor, a gender-fluid engineer, has won a claim for harassment, direct discrimination, victimisation and constructive unfair dismissal.  Taylor, previously presenting as male, began to identify as gender fluid Read more…

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Posted on Oct 13th, 2020 by Anthony Heywood

Returning to Work in a Pandemic

For a number of months now the government has been pushing the message; unless you are able to work from home you are “actively encouraged to go to work” (in Read more…

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Posted on Oct 13th, 2020 by Anthony Heywood

“A Frolic of his own” WM Morrison Supermarket plc v Various Claimants

The issue of vicarious liability has been the source of many cases in the UK. The Supreme Court have taken the opportunity in this recent case to provide a neat Read more…

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Posted on Apr 2nd, 2020 by Lyons Davidson

Top 5 questions about maternity leave

It’s that time of year again when we all show our gratitude for the things that our mothers do for us. Becoming a mother can be a scary thing in Read more…

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Posted on Mar 23rd, 2020 by Lyons Davidson

Uber drivers are employees – French Court of Cassation rules

The French Court of Cassation (‘the Court’) has ruled that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors in a decision which grapples with some of the key issues in Read more…

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Posted on Mar 12th, 2020 by Lyons Davidson

Law Thoughts: Gig-enomics: Worker vs Employee

The age of the smartphone and the app-based platforms which have flourished as a result has ushered in an unprecedented flexibility in the ways in which work is done and Read more…

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Posted on Feb 17th, 2020 by Lyons Davidson

Law Thoughts: Veganuary: ethical veganism can be protected by the Equality Act 2010

January is a time for resolutions and fresh starts. The Veganuary campaign encourages people to join the rising number of full time vegans in a month-long pledge to ditch the Read more…

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Posted on Jan 17th, 2020 by Lyons Davidson

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