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Living pension launched to provide low-paid workers with security and stability in retirement

The Living Wage Foundation has launched the Living Pension Employer standard, a major new programme to tackle low pension saving amongst low-paid workers. The Living Pension is a voluntary savings target for employers who want to help workers build up a pension pot that will provide enough income to meet basic everyday needs in retirement. It builds on the work of the real Living Wage by providing low-paid workers with stability and security now, and in the future.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 29 March 2023

How employers can support employees during Ramadan

Supporting Muslim employees during Ramadan requires empathy, understanding, and flexibility. By accommodating their needs and creating an inclusive workplace environment, employers can promote employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as foster a more positive workplace culture.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 28 March 2023

Hospital maintenance worker wins unfair and wrongful dismissal claim after refusing to take Covid tests

In the case of Mr D Fitzgerald v Bouygues Energies and Services Mr Fitzgerald was employed by the respondent as a maintenance craftsperson working at Barnet Hospital. His role involved undertaking different types of general repair work around the hospital site. The respondent held a contract with the NHS Trust to undertake the maintenance on site.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 27 March 2023

Government publishes whitepaper on supporting disabled people and those with long-term health conditions back into work

The government has published Transforming Support: The Health and Disability White Paper which includes helping unemployed disabled people to move back into and remain in work, as well as focusing on the increasing number of people who are economically inactive because of a long-term health condition or disability.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 22 March 2023


Online Spanish teacher wins unfair dismissal claim after employment contract changes

In the case of Mr J C Arango v Interhigh Education Ltd Mr Arango was employed as a Spanish teacher at an online school providing online learning to students based in the UK and globally. Mr Arango’s employment was terminated as he did not accept the school’s proposed variation to his employment contract.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 21 March 2023

London bus driver loses unfair dismissal claim after leaving passengers waiting as he grabbed a hot drink and ran a red light

In the case of Mr I Brown v Arriva London (North) Ltd Ian Brown claimed he was unfairly dismissed and racially discriminated against, saying his employer Arriva London North breached its contract and unlawfully deducted his wages. However, his case was rejected at a Watford Employment Tribunal after it was heard on February 22 and 23 this year.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 17 March 2023

NHS scientists win race discrimination claim after being labelled ‘paininarse’ on Excel spreadsheet

In Ms P. Mntonintshi and Ms U. Jama v Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust Ubah Jama and Princess Mntonintshi worked in the biochemistry department at the hospital, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, where the tribunal found they were victimised over a period of two years.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 16 March 2023