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Temporary changes to 'fit note' requirement for Statutory Sick Pay

Temporary changes to 'fit note' requirement for Statutory Sick Pay

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the sharp rise of the Omicron variant, the Government announced, on 17 December 2021, a temporary change to the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 1985. The Government ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 5, 2022

NHS Nurse wins discrimination case after being told to remove cross necklace

NHS Nurse wins discrimination case after being told to remove cross necklace

In Mrs Onuoha v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust Mrs Onuoha is a devout Catholic. One of her religious beliefs is that it is important to manifest her faith by wearing a cross. She has, ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 17, 2022

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

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

75-year-old woman wins age discrimination case against Asda

75-year-old woman wins age discrimination case against Asda

In the case of Hutchinson v Asda Stores Joan Hutchinson was employed as a shop floor assistant within the George clothing department working 25.3 hours a week. She enjoyed her role and was well liked by ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 14, 2022

Timpson boss announces that all staff can claim back HRT prescription costs

Timpson boss announces that all staff can claim back HRT prescription costs

James Timpson, the CEO of the retailer best known for key cutting and shoe repairs, announced on Twitter that ‘…all my colleagues can claim on expenses their prescription costs when they are recommended HRT. It’s ...

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

Barrister loses tribunal case over being asked to stop farting

Barrister loses tribunal case over being asked to stop farting

The Guardian reports that a senior barrister who sued the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after a colleague asked him to stop breaking wind in the room they worked in together has lost his case. Tarique ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 6, 2022

Acas have published new guidance on suspending an employee from work

Acas have published new guidance on suspending an employee from work

Acas has published new guidance on suspension, where an employee continues to be employed but does not have to attend work or do any work. The guidance covers suspension as part of a disciplinary procedure, ...

Article by Makbool Javaid June 26, 2018

Italian hospital worker continued to be paid for 15 years despite being absent from work

Italian hospital worker continued to be paid for 15 years despite being absent from work

The Guardian reports the case of a hospital employee in the Calabrian city of Catanzaro who continued to be paid a monthly salary totalling around £464,000 despite being absent from work for 15 years. The man, ...

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

Primary school teacher sacked over viral video of her kicking a horse

Primary school teacher sacked over viral video of her kicking a horse

An employee’s actions outside of work can have repercussions on their employer even over incidents that occur in their private life especially if posted on social media. Sarah Moulds, a primary school teacher, was sacked ...

Article by Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton January 6, 2022