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Sep
22
2017

Uber and Out?

In recent months, set-backs and negative press have been common for Taxi hailing App Uber, but the latest blow may be terminal for their business in London....

Sep
22
2017

Thomas Cook injunction attempt against striking pilots fails

Since 1 March 2017, one of the conditions for a strike ballot to be lawful is that voting papers must include the period in which the proposed industrial action is to take place....

Sep
22
2017

EAT overturns decision to reject claim because claimant had not completed separate EC forms for each respondent

In the case of De Mota v ADR Network, Mr De Mota was employed as an LGV Driver with ADR Network and lost his job after a complaint was made against him by the Co-op, one of ADRs customers. He submitted a claim against both parties with an Early Conciliation (EC) Certificate naming both companies as respondents....

Sep
22
2017

Theresa May Florence Speech: UK laws to protect EU citizen’s rights

This afternoon, Theresa May delivered a “landmark” speech in Italy confirming she wants a 2 year transition period with no change to current market access or rules. Speaking ahead of Brexit talks which are due to resume on Monday, May thanked European nationals living in the UK for their contribution and promised that their rights will be protected and they could “carry on” living their lives as before....

Sep
15
2017

Establishing a business presence in the UK – the sole representative visa

Clarkslegal's immigration lawyers have recently seen an increase in enquiries from successful overseas business owners who wish to establish a business presence in the UK. Such individuals have explored the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route but either do not want to live in the UK or do not wish to make a large investment, such as the £200,000 required under the Entrepreneur route....

Sep
15
2017

BBC gets the ball rolling to start tackling its gender pay gap

Following the controversy surrounding BBC’s gender pay gap report, (please see our report from earlier this summer) it is unsurprising that the broadcaster has quickly announced plans to tackle its gender pay gap....

Sep
15
2017

ACAS publishes guidance on providing support for parents with ill or premature babies

ACAS has published guidance providing important information for both employees and employers in relation to premature births or full-term births where a child is ill....

Sep
07
2017

Should employees have to kiss and tell?

Summer is sadly coming to an end but the same cannot be said for a number of blossoming workplace romances up and down the country. It is estimated that one in four long term relationships start at work so where do employees and employers stand? Do employees have to declare their relationships with colleagues? ...

Sep
07
2017

Damages bands increased for injury to feelings and psychiatric injury

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunal in England, Wales and Scotland have released a joint response to the Vento Bands Consultation (named after the case Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in which these bands were originally set out). These bands apply to discrimination cases, as well as other specific types of claim such as whistleblowing....

Sep
07
2017

EAT confirms deposit orders should not be used to clarify cases

In the case of Tree v South East Coastal Services Ambulance NHS Trust, the EAT held that a Tribunal cannot make a deposit order merely because the Claimant’s case is unclear....

Sep
01
2017

Top London Curry House has re-opened following Immigration Raid

One of London’s top curry houses, Tayyabs, has re-opened following a 48 hour shutdown by immigration enforcement officers for allegedly employing illegal workers. Family owned Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs closed on Tuesday following an immigration raid which found some of its 40 employees did not have the correct permission to work in the UK....

Sep
01
2017

Government proposes new requirements for companies to reveal pay ratio between managers and employees

The government has announced a series of reforms aimed at increasing boardroom accountability and enhancing trust in business. These are a partial implementation of pledges in the Conservative manifesto for the May 2017 general election, which itself was much less alarming to businesses than Theresa May’s July 2016 Conservative party leadership campaign pledge to have employees represented on company boards....

Sep
01
2017

Asda Equal Value claims - the latest

Last October, we reported the Employment Tribunal decision that 7,000 predominantly female in-store Asda employees, who do work such as shelf-stacking and checkout roles, have common terms of employment with predominantly male warehouse-based employees, despite the different places of work and different job descriptions for the roles in question....

Sep
01
2017

ACAS guidance published on supporting trans employees in the workplace

Following a summer filled with Pride events up and down the country, ACAS has also shown its support for the LGBT+ Community through the release of their new research paper, ‘Supporting trans employees in the workplace’....

Sep
01
2017

Tribunal fees: Do you need to prepare for a deluge of claims and what happens next?

It has been a tumultuous few years for the Conservative party and the recent Supreme Court ruling has added to the party’s list of woes. The government will now have to repay £32m to parties following the Court’s unanimous decision that the tribunal fee regime was unlawful....

Aug
25
2017

“The Battle of the Sexes” – bridging the Gender Pay Gap

The continued debate over gender inequality in the workplace is one that does not seem to be going away. The introduction of mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting for employers with 250 or more employees has undoubtedly increased transparency within this area, however it remains to be seen what can be done to tackle the divide head on....

Aug
25
2017

Food industry expresses workforce worries in landmark Brexit survey

This week, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) warned that over a third of its members businesses would become unviable without access to EU labour, as 47% of EU workers consider moving away from permanent and seasonal roles....

Aug
18
2017

TalkTalk fined by ICO for subcontractor’s abuse of personal data

Following complaints from customers of scammers calling with personal details such as account numbers, TalkTalk’s investigators found that 3 employees at their subcontractor, ...

Aug
18
2017

Would following in Norway’s footsteps help address the UK’s gender pay gap?

In Norway, details of individuals’ net income, net assets and amount of tax paid are all accessible to the general public. An individual may simply use their national ID ...

Aug
18
2017

Passport to Supreme Court for Pimlico Plumbers

Last week in Gascoigne v Addison Lee an Employment Tribunal decided that a cycle courier was a worker and not self-employed. Following the pattern emerging from other similar cases,...

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