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Claimant ordered to pay £432,000 costs for making frivolous claims

In Tan v Copthorne Hotels Ltd an ET ordered T to pay £432,001.85 costs to Copthorne Hotels after it rejected all of his claims. The costs judgment does not indicate why the amount was ordered but it appears that it stems from the frivolous nature of T’s case and the unreasonable way it was presented.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 12 October 2020

School closures: should parent employees continue to be paid?

There have been a string of school closures since they reopened at the beginning of this month. This has resulted in many children having to remain home and self-isolate, but what does this mean for parent employees who have to remain home to look after them?

Article by: Kathryn Casey-Evans, Andrew Crudge, Simon Rhodes and Kira McKane, solicitors, employment team - Trethowans LLP 9 October 2020

What employers need to know about flexible working requests

A leading employment lawyer is urging business owners to carefully consider flexible working requests made by employees with the demand for new working arrangements increasing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Article by: Ben Mason, an Employment Law Partner - Aaron & Partners 8 October 2020

Acas, CBI and TUC joint statement on handling redundancies

Acas, CBI and TUC have published a joint statement on handling redundancies which recognises that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a devastating impact on many businesses leading many employers to consider redundancy as the only survival option.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 7 October 2020

Treasury publishes fact sheet about the Job Support Scheme

HM Treasury has published a fact sheet providing further details about the Job Support Scheme recently announced by the Chancellor. The fact sheet should be read in full, but a summary of the key points is as follows:

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 6 October 2020

ET finds that Stoicism is a protected philosophical belief under S.10 EA 2010

In Jackson v Great Britain Ltd an ET had to decide whether Stoicism qualifies as a protected philosophical belief under S.10 of the Equality Act 2010 in accordance with the principles set out by the EAT in Grainger plc and ors v Nicholson.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 5 October 2020

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New measures announced to tackle modern slavery in supply chains

The Government is introducing new measures to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Public bodies which have a budget of £36 million or more, including local authorities in England and Wales, will now be required to regularly report on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 1 October 2020