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A recent judgment of the Court of Appeal (CA) in Yapp v FCO has highlighted the need for employers to consider their duty of fairness to their employees when considering whether or not to suspend. Mr Yapp was the British High Commissioner in Belize who was...read more
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just ruled in the case of FOA v KL  EUECJ C-354/13 that obesity could be classed as a disability for the purposes of European discrimination law (the “Equal Treatment Directive”). The case before the ECJ concerned a Danish...read more
After you make a successful claim for unfair dismissal and/or discrimination, the Employment Tribunal (ET) will assess the amount of compensation you are to receive. This compensation will include the ‘compensatory award’, which is calculated according to what you...read more
The principle idea behind the EU is an internal market within its member states. This means that states are required to allow the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within its borders and beyond. The most contentious of these four freedoms has of...read more
John Cridland Director General of the CBI is unhappy. Whatever glow he acquired over the half term holiday has disappeared with the publication of the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Bear v. Fulton, which deals with the calculation of holiday pay. He...read more
At the beginning of October, it was announced that workplace drug testing is on the rise in the UK – with rises of between 40% and 470% in the last four years for four companies. This has become big business for the drug screening companies and is deemed necessary by...read more
Sex Discrimination and the Armed Forces: the complainant’s right to make a claim in the Employment Tribunal is reinforced
Sex discrimination has long been a problem for the Armed Forces with its historically male dominated culture. Only 67% of jobs in the Army are open to women, whilst the RAF and Navy are more inclusive. Upon appointment last year, the new Air-Vice Marshal, Elaine West,...read more
Great Britain closes in on Sweden: New rights for fathers, same sex partners, and intended parents in a surrogacy to attend 2 antenatal appointments
by Stephen Bishop, Barrister Previously, it was only the expectant mother who was legally entitled to time off during working hours for the purpose of receiving antenatal care but the Children and Families Act 2014 has changed that. From 1 October 2014, those...read more
In 2008, the House of Lords gave judgment in the case of Lewisham v. Malcolm. The case concerned the appropriate comparator for claims based on S3 A (1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 which provided for liability for disability related discrimination. The...read more
Holiday pay may be a boon for employees but for employers, statutory holiday pay is increasingly problematic. The problem is not simply that employees can accumulate holiday pay whilst off sick. Nor even that if they fall ill on holiday they can switch to sick leave....read more
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