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Workplace policies on PPE tops agendas following landmark ruling

A Tribunal hearing that ruled an employee was fairly dismissed for refusing to wear a face mask at work, highlights the importance of employers carefully considering and clearly communicating the rules on wearing PPE in the workplace, Faye Reynolds, employment lawyer at law firm Lodders has warned.

Article by: Faye Reynolds, Employment Law - Lodders Solicitors 14 April 2021


What employment law changes will come into effect in April?

Statutory family-related pay and statutory sick pay will increase - the weekly rate of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay increases to £151.97. The weekly rate of statutory sick pay increases to £96.35 from 6 April 2021.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 April 2021

Working “from” home or working “at” home: What is your team doing?

Work from home and work at home are used interchangeably. However, with the new remote work laws and Acts in place across the globe, the mistake of using them interchangeably may cost you an expensive lawsuit and compliance challenges.

Article by: Bhagyashree Pancholy and Denis Barnard - All Remotely 13 April 2021


Asda equal pay case: Court of Appeal decision

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal's decision that a predominantly female group of supermarket retail employees can compare themselves with a mainly male group of distribution depot employees for the purposes of an equal pay claim in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others.

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

Muslim nuclear engineer wins discrimination claim

In the case of Master v Springfields Fuels Mo Master was falsely accused by his colleagues of having extremist Islamic views. Mr Master had been employed in the workshop of Springfield Fuels in Preston, Lancashire, which produces fuel for nuclear power plants.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 April 2021

Appeal allowed in respect of protected disclosure detriment claim

n the case of Roseberry Care Centres v Jackson the Claimant was dismissed by the Respondent and brought various claims. The ET upheld complaints of detriment done on the ground that the Claimant had made protected disclosures, wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal, but it rejected a complaint that the dismissal was for the reason, or principal reason, that the Claimant had made protected disclosures.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 10 April 2021

Is Coronavirus a reason not to come to work?

In the case of Mr D Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Mr Rodgers worked in a large warehouse with around 5 other people. He has a child with a chronic condition and said that he did not feel safe coming into work during the first national lockdown because of his fears of catching COVID-19.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 9 April 2021


Appeal dismissed for backdated holiday pay

In the case of Mr G Smith v Pimlico Plumbers, Gary Smith, an engineer who claimed he was owed holiday pay by Pimlico Plumbers, after the Supreme Court ruled that he was a worker and not self-employed, has been unsuccessful in his latest claim for backdated payments.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 April 2021

Muslim banker unfairly dismissed after sending emails on Christmas Day

In the case of Mr J Choudhury v Gatehouse Bank  Joynal Choudhury, head of real estate at Gatehouse, sued the bank for unfair dismissal after he was made redundant in a company restructuring in August 2019.

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

Security manager with kidney cancer told not ‘to be a baby’

In the case of Mr S Pointon v Alpha Omega Securities Steve Pointon, who was 36 when he was first diagnosed with kidney cancer, is now in line for compensation after being told to ‘grow up’ and asked why he thought he deserved to have ‘every weekend off’.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 6 April 2021