Employment law


Can “results only” working deliver the goods?

Giving employees greater flexibility to help them balance work and life is now commonplace. But could allowing employees complete autonomy...

Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field will "strenuously" defend sexual harassment claims. Photo: Stewart Cook/REX

Sexual harassment at work: three types of claim

20 May 2015

Pop star Robbie Williams and his wife have been accused of sexual harassment against a former employee. There are numerous...

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When employees' religious beliefs clash with gay customers' rights: five key cases

When employees’ religious beliefs clash with gay customers’ rights: five key cases

19 May 2015

A Northern Ireland court has found that a bakery discriminated against a customer when it refused to make a cake...

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Tribunal watch: Man dismissed over domestic violence allegations claims sex discrimination

18 May 2015

An employee who was sacked for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after a workplace party tried unsuccessfully to claim sex discrimination....

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Facebook to raise minimum wage and improve benefits for contract workers

15 May 2015

Facebook is to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the USA for its contractors and suppliers, among...

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Will shared parental leave transform family-friendly working?

15 May 2015

The new right to shared parental leave is intended to promote a major culture shift in the sharing of childcare...

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How much guidance is an employment tribunal expected to give a litigant in person?

13 May 2015

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered if a tribunal panel had been wrong for...

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Woolworths redundancy case: six years on and clarity at last?

12 May 2015

DLA Piper’s latest case report examines the next steps in the recent Woolworths redundancy case at the ECJ, which examined ...

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Tribunal watch: Complaint about “tosser” insult not protected disclosure

11 May 2015

An employment tribunal has given short shrift to a claim that a complaint about a line manager’s rudeness to a...

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General election: Conservative majority, key employment ministers lose seats

8 May 2015

Employment relations minister Jo Swinson and business secretary Vince Cable were among the high-profile losers in last night’s general election....

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Changing terms and conditions: when a variation clause is not enough

7 May 2015

Changing employees’ terms and conditions of employment has never been an HR professional’s easiest task. Georgina Rowley looks at three...

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Definition of disability: guidance on exclusion of “tendency to physically abuse”

6 May 2015

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the upper tribunal in a special educational needs case provides guidance on the exclusion...

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Holiday pay: British Gas to appeal Lock tribunal commission judgment

5 May 2015

Law firm Eversheds has announced that it has lodged an appeal on behalf of British Gas against the employment tribunal...

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Eleven former BT workers received undisclosed amounts from BT following a "bungled" redundancy exercise. Photo: Kevin Foy/REX

Tribunal watch: Flawed redundancy consultation with BT staff

5 May 2015

An employment tribunal has awarded compensation to the former employees of a BT subsidiary for the failure to carry out...

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Spring bank holiday became statutory in 1971 after a trial period in the late-1960s

Bank holidays: five things employers need to know

5 May 2015

The UK has eight permanent bank holidays per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank...

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