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X v Mid-Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau [2011] IRLR 335

Many organisations rely on volunteers these days. However, sometimes the issue of their employment status arises, which was the question before the Court of Appeal regarding a disability discrimination claim by a volunteer against the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Morgan v Welsh Rugby Union IDS 923

When jobs cease in a business re-organisation, creating a redundancy situation, the duty to seek alternative employment inevitably involves those employees in the redundant jobs being assessed in terms of their suitability for new roles which have been created.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Validity of final warning may be revisited

In Davies v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the EAT has held that an employee's failure to appeal against a final warning did not prevent a tribunal from looking behind the validity of that warning when considering the reasonableness of a decision to dismiss. The fact that there was no appeal against the written warning does not save it from invalidity.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Guidance published on adequate anti-bribery procedures

The Ministry of Justice has published guidance on the procedures organisations should put in place to prevent persons from bribing. Adequate anti-bribery procedures will enable organisations to rely on the statutory defence to a charge of failing to prevent bribery under the Bribery Act 2010.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Call for business evidence on flexible working

The Department for Transport is calling for evidence from businesses on ‘alternatives to travel’ as the Government wants to encourage people to make journeys by sustainable, low carbon, modes of transport, but it also wants to encourage the use of alternatives such as home working, staggered hours and video-conferencing.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Acas’ response to workplace disputes consultation

Acas has welcomed the Government's proposal for all potential employment tribunal claims to be offered early conciliation with Acas first. Acas disagrees, however, with the proposals that unfair dismissal cases and appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal should normally be heard by a judge sitting alone.

Article by: 19 April 2011

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Worker Registration Scheme to close

The Government has announced that the Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011. Currently, nationals of what are referred to as the ‘A8’ countries must register under the scheme if they commence employment in the UK.

Article by: 6 April 2011

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Belief in animal rights constitutes a philosophical belief

Joe Hashman, a gardener, has won the right to pursue a claim against his former employer that he was discriminated against contrary to the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, when his was dismissed, allegedly, because his pro-hunting bosses discovered that he was an animal rights activist.

Article by: 6 April 2011