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Drama teacher wins unfair dismissal case after asthma aggravated by pupils’ deodorants

Drama teacher wins unfair dismissal case after asthma aggravated by pupils’ deodorants

In the case of Grant-Ryder v The Governing Body Of The Maelor School, Mrs. Alison Grant-Ryder, a drama teacher was unfairly dismissed after suffering asthma attacks when schoolkids sprayed their deodorants. An employment tribunal heard that ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton August 2, 2021

What are the legal obligations between notification by NHS Test and Trace and being ‘pinged’?

What are the legal obligations between notification by NHS Test and Trace and being ‘pinged’?

An employer should not be asking employees who are notified to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace to attend work in breach of their legal obligations. If notified to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton July 30, 2021

Asda equal pay case: Court of Appeal decision

Asda equal pay case: Court of Appeal decision

Nicola Ihnatowicz, Employment partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP commented: "This is the largest ever equal pay claim against a private employer, and confirms that the fact that retail and distribution staff work exclusively at different ...

Article by Nicola Ihnatowicz, Employment partner -Trowers & Hamlins LLP April 12, 2021

Can employers have a policy for mandatory Covid-19 vaccination?

Can employers have a policy for mandatory Covid-19 vaccination?

Having a one-size-fits-all vaccination policy, which results in workers being dismissed or treated less favourably if they have not been vaccinated, could put individuals with a protected characteristic at a particular disadvantage. Employers have a duty, ...

Article by Faye Reynolds - Lodders Solicitors May 16, 2021

Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law to protect residents

Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law to protect residents

People working in CQC-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with both doses. Care home residents will be better protected from death and serious illness, following confirmation people working in care homes ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton July 28, 2021

Employment Tribunal rules on Tesco equal pay claim

Employment Tribunal rules on Tesco equal pay claim

The BBC reports that the European Court of Justice has ruled that an EU law could be relied on in making equal pay claims against the employer. Tesco found itself in the spotlight after about ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton June 7, 2021

Government sets out details of new UK points-based immigration system coming into force from 1 January 2021

Government sets out details of new UK points-based immigration system coming into force from 1 January 2021

After much anticipation, the Home Secretary announced on 19 February, the introduction of the new Points-Based System (PBS), timed to coincide with the UK’s full withdrawal from the EU by the end of the year. ...

Article by Sundeep Rathod (Senior Associate and Head of Business Immigration) March 12, 2020

Council worker wins unfair dismissal case for using racial slur

Council worker wins unfair dismissal case for using racial slur

In the case of Stevenson v London Borough of Redbridge, Mr Stevenson was employed as an Applications Support Officer at Redbridge Council. He was dismissed for misconduct for saying the N-word during an internal Prevent ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton July 5, 2021

Government publishes response to sexual harassment in the workplace consultation

Government publishes response to sexual harassment in the workplace consultation

The Government has published a report stating that it will be introducing a new duty requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment. The Minister for Women and Equalities, Elizabeth Truss MP wrote ‘we will be providing ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton July 27, 2021

Employee with severe asthma wins appeal against unfair dismissal

Employee with severe asthma wins appeal against unfair dismissal

In Brightman v TIAA Ltd Mrs Brightman had severe asthma and other conditions that meant she was disabled under the Equality Act. She had significant absences from work, despite adjustments to her working hours and ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton July 23, 2021