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Our employment law and discrimination teams regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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Supporting SMEs with redundancy reality

Philip Richardson
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UK businesses are sadly facing the harsh reality of financial viability in a pandemic landscape where government support stops at the close of October. Corporates spanning airlines, automotive, banks, retail, hospitality and utilities have already taken...

Managing personal relationships in the workplace

Philip Richardson
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While the coronavirus lockdown may have cooled some simmering office romances over recent months, it’s well known that many personal relationships are forged in the workplace. In 2018, the jobs website, TotalJobs found that 22% of people met their...

The new job support scheme doesn't go far enough

Philip Richardson
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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has taken significant steps to try and protect the jobs of millions of workers across the UK. Between April and August of 2020, some 9.6 million people were placed on the government’s...

Landmark decision determines 'non-binary/gender-fluid' as being a protected characteristic

Rebecca Billinge
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A recent employment tribunal case is reported to have concluded that a worker at a Jaguar Land Rover plant, who identified as being gender-fluid/non-binary, fell within the definition of section 7 of the Equality Act 2010, in respect of gender...

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...

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