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  • ‘Sleeping on the job’: revisiting National Minimum Wage requirements for sleep-in shifts

    23 January 2018

    The decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the three joined appeals of Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts, Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Frudd v Partington Group Ltd [2017] will come under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal in March when it will consider whether it is satisfied with the EAT’s approach to the correct treatment of sleep-in shifts under the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015.…

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  • Divorce and Separation for Expatriates

    13 December 2017

    With families and relationships becoming ever more international, we are regularly consulted by people who have moved abroad as a family, often for work, only to find that living overseas is not all they had wished for.…

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  • Worker Employment Status - Uber

    13 November 2017

    Readers will have seen the widespread reporting of the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in the case of Uber BV & Others –v- Aslam & Others. The ruling has been widely reported as a “landmark” judgment on employment status particularly in relation to those workers and genuinely self-employed contractors working in the gig economy.…

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  • Autumn 2017 Update for Schools

    08 November 2017

    Welcome to the Autumn 2017 Update for Schools. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Employment Law Update - November 2017

    07 November 2017

    Welcome to the November 2017 Employment Law Update. We hope that you will find this informative and useful in keeping you up to date.…

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  • Too Much Information Does Not Make a Dismissal Unfair

    07 November 2017

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘the EAT’) has recently ruled in an unfair dismissal claim that an investigation report will not have failed the Burchell test of reasonableness if the report contains too much information. The Claimant in this matter, Ms Pillar, was a nurse practitioner who had been employed by the Respondent, the NHS, since 2002. Ms Pillar’s role consisted of her receiving telephone calls from members of the public and her providing guidance to those who required medical assistance. Ms Pillar was required to ask the caller relevant questions to establish whether the caller was classed as a medical priority and to form an assessment of what sort of action should be taken. The outcome of the call could mean that the caller only required simple telephone advice or, for the more serious matters, an ambulance to be called.…

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  • Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

    07 November 2017

    The government has published its Bill proposing a new right to paid time off for bereaved parents. The Bill provides two weeks’ statutory leave for employees who lose a child.…

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  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    07 November 2017

    To celebrate World Mental Health Day in October this year, ACAS helpfully issued new guidance on ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace’ together with two short online guides titled ‘Dealing with Stress in the Workplace’ and ‘Managing Staff Experiencing Mental Health’.…

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  • Gender Segregation in Schools

    02 November 2017

    A recent decision of the Court of Appeal has attracted headlines in the education sector by banning a form of gender segregation in schools. In the case involving Al-Hijrah School, an Islamic faith school in Birmingham, the Court had to consider whether a policy of segregating boys and girls in a mixed school was direct discrimination.…

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