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When push comes to shove!! – Lawyer unfairly dismissed and discriminated against pregnant nanny in Ms Saesi Musilipah v Mr Sylvian Dhennin (15 October 2018)

Ms Musilipah successfully claimed direct pregnancy discrimination and automatic unfair dismissal against Mr Dhennin, a partner at Hogan Lovells. She had been employed by Mr Dhennin and his wife as a nanny and housekeeper.  Read more...

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Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith: Supreme Court finds that plumber was a ‘worker’ - Is the gig up? (26 July 2018)

Gary Smith, a plumbing and heating engineer, carried out work solely for Pimlico Plumbers Ltd (Pimlico) for 6 years until 2011. After suffering a heart attack in January 2011 Mr Smith sought to reduce his hours to 3 days a week. His request was rejected by Pimlico and the van he rented was taken away. He subsequently claimed unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction from his wages, pay for a period of statutory annual leave and discrimination by virtue of his disability.  Read more...

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ONS reveals zero-hours contracts rose by 100,000 last year (24 April 2018)

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of zero-hours contracts increased to 1.8 million in 2017. This was 100,000 more than in 2016, meaning that more people do not have a minimum number of guaranteed hours and are struggling to maintain a steady income.  Read more...

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Compensation Limits to rise in employment cases (27 March 2018)

It is never a good time to be made redundant or face the prospect of losing your job. However, the compensation that can be awarded in the event of a dismissal is reviewed annually by Parliament.   Read more...

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Police officer’s compensation for discrimination at work claim set at half a million (10 November 2017)

Former Cleveland police officer, Mark Dias, experienced discrimination and bullying whilst working at Cleveland Police force. His claim for damages relating to discrimination, victimisation and whistleblowing has been settled for £500,000 four years after he left the firm in 2013.  Read more...

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ECtHR rules in favour of Romanian employee who “had privacy breached” (6 October 2017)

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has recently given a judgment in Barbulescu v. Romania that protects the privacy of employees when sending and receiving emails in the workplace.  Read more...

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Whistleblowers’ case: Court of Appeal confirms that disclosures made in the private interests of a worker can satisfy the “public interest” test. (24 August 2017)

The Court of Appeal has decided in the case of Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed [2017] that a disclosure made in the private interests of a worker, can be in the public interest, and therefore protected under the Employment Rights Act 1996.  Read more...

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Employment tribunal classes bicycle courier in latest decision on “gig economy” employment rights (8 August 2017)

The London Central employment tribunal has ruled that a former bike courier for Addison Lee was a worker, not an “independent contractor”, and therefore was entitled to employment rights that were not afforded to him, such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage  Read more...

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Supreme Court forces U-turn on Government policy as employment tribunal fees ruled unlawful (3 August 2017)

The Government has announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees following the Supreme Court’s ruling that they are unlawful. This will affect claimants who have brought cases regarding matters, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and other work place issues, since the introduction of tribunal fees by then Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling in July 2013  Read more...

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Review calling for greater employee rights for those on zero-hour contracts (25 May 2017)

A government commissioned inquiry into controversial working practices will order an overhaul of zero-hour contracts  Read more...

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Who Do You Think You Are? How Ambiguity Surrounding Employment Status Can Affect Employment Rights (2 February 2017)

Employment status is central to the exercise of employment rights. How an individual is categorised affects the rights that an individual can assert and the remedies that can be sought. The different types of status that exist – “employee”, “worker” and “self-employed” – creates confusion and uncertainty on both sides of the relationship. The lack of clear statutory definition for each category only reinforces this ambiguity. The status of “employee” provides the greatest statutory rights.   Read more...


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