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Martha McKinley
    • Martha McKinley

    • Employment Law Solicitor and Associate
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Issue of gig economy workers still live

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A recent employment law case is seen by many as the most significant step yet in bringing the rights of ‘casual workers’ in-line with those enjoyed by full-time employees. Martha McKinley, an employment law expert from the national law firm,...

Uber drivers battle to prove their employment status

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Thousands of employees as well as companies in many sectors stand to be affected by the outcome of the recent six day employment tribunal hearing involving two claims from Uber drivers who are battling with the transport technology giant to prove their...

The rise of the smartphone

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In recent years the number of employees seeking to rely on covert recordings when bringing claims in the employment tribunal has increased substantially. Now that smartphones are commonplace and private conversations can be recorded at the touch of a button,...

The gender pay gap

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The Economist has updated its 'glass ceiling' ranking of the 34 countries which form the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. While Nordic countries such as Iceland and Sweden have been ranked as among the best places in the...

Holiday pay, commission and the Lock decision

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The influence of the European Union upon the UK’s laws is a topic rarely out of the news, especially given the growing media attention surrounding the Brexit campaign. A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the ongoing claim of Mr Lock...

Further penalties for employers who fall foul of Employment Tribunal rules

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It has been confirmed that as of April 2016 employers who fail to promptly pay awards made by the Employment Tribunal will be subject to an increase in the sum to be paid if they fail to respond to a penalty notice. The figure in question will be 50% of the...

Eva Carneiro lodges claim for constructive dismissal against Chelsea FC

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Things appear to be turning from bad to worse for Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho. The club has endured a torrid start on the field and slumped to mid table, following the title success last season. The team's poor form on the pitch appears...

Shared grandparental leave

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Earlier this month the government announced intention of extending the provisions of the shared parental leave and pay scheme to working grandparents. The Chancellor claims that the new legislation will help support working families with the cost of...

Defriending a colleague on Facebook can land you in hot water with employer

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A Tribunal in Australia has ruled that “unfriending” a colleague on Facebook can amount to workplace bullying for the purposes of the Fair Work Act. This incident was one of a number of allegations made against an employee at a real estate...

Double trouble for the Olsen twins

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The revelation today that a class action suit is being brought against the Olsen twins by disgruntled interns will come as no surprise to employers in the UK struggling to make sense of the various types of employment status and associated rights. In the UK...

Unfair dismissals and social media

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A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has highlighted the difficulties faced by employers when deciding on the right sanction to apply when an employee makes an inappropriate statement on social media. In the case of The...

But is it lawful? Changes to terms and conditions of employment

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The government’s proposals to change the hours senior doctors are required to work have been well publicised in recent months. Jeremy Hunt has indicated today that if a deal can’t be reached with the British Medical Association, he intends to...

Handle with care - workplace discrimination

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A recent decision by the Employment Tribunal has highlighted the need for employers to handle cases of discrimination with extreme sensitivity. A Christian nursery assistant was wrongly dismissed from her employment after a discussion with a lesbian...

IVF and the law

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A cycle of IVF treatment usually takes at least 6 weeks and requires regular medical appointments during this period, which will very likely result in time out of the office. Often several rounds of treatment are required before a successful pregnancy can be...

Zero hour contracts

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After news that a Labour government would pass legislation giving employees the right to a “normal” contract after 12 weeks working under a zero hour contract, it is worth assessing the impact that such a law would have on the average employee....

Which of the following beliefs qualifies for protection under the Equality Act 2010?

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a. Belief in the immorality of blood sports b. Belief in climate change c. Belief that the dead can be contacted by spiritual mediums d. Belief in the higher purpose of public service broadcasting Answer: All of the above. ...