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Manager awarded £230,000 after harassment complaints not addressed

Manager awarded £230,000 after harassment complaints not addressed

A former manager at Royal Mail has been awarded £230,000 after his complaints about bullying and discrimination were not adequately addressed, contributing to a decline in his mental health and his subsequent dismissal. Personnel Today ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 25, 2021

Is Long Covid a disability under the Equality Act?

Is Long Covid a disability under the Equality Act?

A person has a disability under the Equality Act if they have a ‘physical or mental impairment’ which ‘has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [their] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. Those who ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 4, 2021

Employment law post Brexit - what can we expect?

Employment law post Brexit - what can we expect?

All EU-derived employment law and directly effective EU employment legislation has continued to apply to the UK during the implementation period, and the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has continued to have jurisdiction in the ...

Article by Karen Plumbley-Jones, Employment Expert - Womble Bond Dickinson December 4, 2020

Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers dismissed

Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers dismissed

Three police officers at Hampshire Constabulary’s serious organised crime unit (Socu) have been sacked for gross misconduct after their ‘lads’ pad’ was secretly bugged following concerns raised by a whistleblower. Personnel Today report that during ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 19, 2021

How employers should prepare for and transition to the new Immigration system 

How employers should prepare for and transition to the new Immigration system 

Dramatic changes to our immigration system are taking effect. A new points-based system kicked in on 1 December 2020 affecting businesses wishing to employ non-EU citizens which will also apply to EU citizens (including from ...

Article by Ilda de Sousa, Immigration Partner - Kingsley Napley LLP January 22, 2021

As the UK prepares to set its own laws, what does the future hold for employment law?

As the UK prepares to set its own laws, what does the future hold for employment law?

This article appeared in issue 188 of theHRDIRECTOR publication and, during our edit, we unintentionally made a change which misconstrued one particular detail. Obviously, we know very well that detail matters in law and so ...

Article by Beverley Sunderland, Managing Director - Crossland Employment Solicitors July 3, 2020

DWP signs legally binding agreement to improve equality and diversity in the workplace

DWP signs legally binding agreement to improve equality and diversity in the workplace

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has entered into a legally binding agreement with the EHRC after a former DWP employee won her claim of direct discrimination on the basis of age and race, ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 20, 2021

How employers should prepare for and transition to the new Immigration system 

How employers should prepare for and transition to the new Immigration system 

Dramatic changes to our immigration system are taking effect. A new points-based system kicked in on 1 December 2020 affecting businesses wishing to employ non-EU citizens which will also apply to EU citizens (including from ...

Article by Ilda de Sousa, Immigration Partner - Kingsley Napley LLP January 9, 2021

Mimicking Chinese accent and making Kung Foo noises was racial harassment

Mimicking Chinese accent and making Kung Foo noises was racial harassment

In Sheun v Northern General Hospital (Sheffield Teaching  Hospitals NHS Trust), S is of Chinese ethnic origin. He grew up in a small town where there were few families of Chinese ethnic origin and had ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton April 28, 2020

Beware out of sight out of mind on homeworking employees

Beware out of sight out of mind on homeworking employees

While most employees will be keen to hold on to their jobs in this period of economic uncertainty, there will always be those who see opportunity in times of challenge and could using the time ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton December 17, 2020