Legal news: Employment update

Peter Summerfield rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Employers should act with caution if they are contemplating dismissing an employee who has recently raised a health and safety matter. Vet’s assistant who raised Covid safety concerns was unfairly dismissed An employment tribunal has found that a veterinary assistant who raised concerns with …
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Legal news: Employment update

Lauren Bholé rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers The right to request carer’s leave will be a day one employment right, so employees will not need any minimum length of service before they can request the leave. Government publishes its response to the carer’s leave consultation In March 2020, the government launched …
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Legal news: Employment update

Jo Broadbent rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers In Dodson, the EAT confirmed that women are less likely to be able to accommodate certain working patterns than men because of childcare responsibilities. Supreme Court confirms no change to burden of proof in discrimination cases The Supreme Court decision in Royal Mail Group …
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Susan Mackay rounds up the latest developments affecting employers and their advisers Although the responses to BEIS’ consultation were generally in favour of a new workers’ watchdog, a number of concerns were raised. Workers’ Watchdog: New single enforcement body to be created On 8 June, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published …
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Jo Broadbent rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Once a breach of duty occurs, an employer’s subsequent actions to make amends will not remedy the situation. Re-engagement not practicable because of employer’s genuine doubts about capability Kelly v PGA European Tour [2021] is a relatively rare example of a Court of Appeal …
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Legal news: Employment update

Lydia Moore and Lydia Octon-Burke round up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers A poorly worded, unclear or even incomprehensible ET1 from a litigant in person may place a burden on a legally represented employer to clarify what the claim is. EAT offers direction on dealing with litigants in person In Cox v Adecco …
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Emma Malczewski rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Employers need to continue to be mindful of employee relations – situations can arise where employees move away from their existing union to a newer union with different objectives. Uber makes changes after Supreme Court ruling that its drivers are ‘workers’ Following Uber’s defeat …
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Jo Broadbent rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers To establish a defence under the Equality Act, employers have to show that they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent employees from committing acts of discrimination or harassment. Agency workers not entitled to apply for vacancies, just to be told about them Under …
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Jackie Thomas and Catherine Turner round up recent case law and developments affecting employers and their advisers Employers should assess the impact on the pregnant employee when considering whether a step which is intended to be supportive is in fact unfavourable treatment. Adjustments for pregnant employee were ‘unfavourable’ even when intended to protect her from …
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Aisleen Pugh and Sarah Munro round up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Pleadings drafted in easy-to-read, specific, simple language will be the most effective and a better guarantee of success. Belief in fixed gender is held to be a protected characteristic In Higgs v Farmor’s School [2020], an employment tribunal has held that …
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