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Government announce plans to limit impact of future strikes

Philip Richardson
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There are many that will see this proposed change in the law as a long overdue solution to a decades old problem - a way to plug the gaps left by striking workers and ensure some continuity of service. At the same time, there is a balancing act the...

Disabled employee who was on long term sick leave 'spied on' by employer and succeeded with discrimination claims

Rebecca Billinge
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It has recently been reported in the media that an employment tribunal case has determined that a longstanding employee, of 36 years’ service, was successful in bringing a claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against his...

Mother of triplets successful in sex discrimination and unfair dismissal claim

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Under a recent ruling in the employment tribunal, a claimant was successful in her claim that she was unfairly dismissed by her employer as a result of concerns over her ability to ‘focus’ on her work. Following returning from maternity...

When is a person deemed to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010 for the purpose of bringing a claim?

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The question of whether a person needs to have a formal diagnosis at the time they have been subjected to discrimination, has been a long-standing dilemma for employers and often interpreted in a way by employers as an excuse for their refusal to make...

Report highlights racial discrimination in maternity care

Abigail Martland
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It has recently been reported that, following an investigation by the charity Birthrights , Black and Asian women are being harmed by racial discrimination in maternity care. Reports included themes of concerns about pain and contractions being...

Employers on notice as rail strike approaches

Philip Richardson
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Clearly employers around the country are on notice of this strike action and the impact that it is likely to have. If they haven’t already, they should now be communicating with staff about how to avoid potential disruption. That could include...

What do I need to consider when offering an employee a settlement agreement?

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Settlement agreements can bring an end to any claims from an employee such as, claims for unfair dismissal or discrimination arising out of the employee’s employment or termination. If executed properly settlement agreements...

What should I consider when I am offered a settlement agreement by my employer?

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It is a legal requirement that you must receive specialist legal advice before signing a settlement agreement.  An employment solicitor can advise you on any potential claims so that you fully understand the legal issues and the value of...

The government's green paper - special educational needs and disabilities

Eleanor Adshead
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On 29 March 2022, the government launched a long anticipated special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) green paper , recommending a national improved SEND system for children and families. The green paper, which was initially launched in 2019,...

P&O Ferries redundancies underlines stark reality for many companies

Adam Pennington
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This news from P&O underlines the stark reality for many companies who are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic. The decision to make 800 staff redundant with immediate effect is, quite understandably, devastating for the employees affected...

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