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Mass redundancy plans - Marks & Spencer to axe 7,000 jobs in the UK

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It is reported that Marks & Spencer (M&S) intend to make around 7,000 of their employees redundant over the next 3 months, as a result of a ‘material shift in trade’ following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown restrictions....

Salon worker declared 'employee'

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It has recently been reported that a former hairdresser at a salon in Manchester, has successfully argued that she should be considered an employee for the purpose of the Employment Rights Act 1996, despite having signed a contract stating that she was...

Court rules 'No DSS' letting bans as 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory'

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A County Court has ruled that a letting agency’s “No DSS” policy was discriminatory against a prospective tenant, in what is being termed a “momentous” judgment. It is understood that a disabled, single mother was refused...

Discrimination and hidden disabilities

Maria Chadwick
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Many disabilities are less apparent than others. For example, those with learning difficulties, mental health conditions, hearing and visual impairments and autism, are not necessarily visible to others. Therefore people may not realise that others suffer...

Job advertisements and compliance with the Equality Act

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Protections under the Equality Act 2010 are not only awarded to individuals once they become an employee of a company, but are also afforded to job applicants. Recent news has brought attention to a job advertisement reported to have been published for...

Significant financial award for employee who was successful with claim of pregnancy/maternity and religious belief discrimination

Rebecca Billinge
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It has recently been reported in the media that an employment tribunal case has determined that a female worker was successful in bringing a claim for pregnancy/maternity discrimination against her employer. It is reported that in this particular...

Marriage discrimination - tribunal finds director's dismissal amounts to discrimination

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It has recently been reported that the Norwich employment tribunal have ruled that a former company director who was dismissed was subjected to differential treatment which amounted to acts of marital discrimination . Whilst working for the company,...

Redundancy guide for employees

Philip Richardson
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Facing redundancy at work can be a daunting and stressful prospect. However, you are not alone; the latest figures show that 96,000 people were made redundant in 2018 in the UK alone. No matter where you work or in what industry you work in, your...

Racial comments resulted in a successful claim of unfair dismissal

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A recent ruling of Bristol employment tribunal has found a secretary successful in her claim of unfair dismissal, due to her decision to resign, following her employer reportedly stating that she would “not hire someone that was black.” ...

Disability discrimination - are you aware of your rights as an employee?

Rebecca Billinge
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A recent article and television programme, (the Million Pound Payout), has purported to have revealed that the Department of Work and Pensions, (DWP), has lost more employment tribunal cases of disability discrimination compared to any other employer in...

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