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ET awards £127,000 to nurse dismissed for whistleblowing

In Smith v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, S was employed as an Anaesthetics Nurse. He was also a steward for the Royal College of Nursing. S made a number of protected disclosures, including patient care issues, staff being harassed and bullied, inadequate rest breaks and a lack of equipment and supplies.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 15 July 2020

Treasury announces new package of measures to support job retention and creation

HM Treasury has published 'Policy paper: A Plan for Jobs 2020' which contains a package of measures for the second phase of the Government’s response to support jobs during the Covid 19 pandemic by giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 13 July 2020

The return to work: managing the fallout from furlough

Prime Minister Boris Johnson first announced phase two and the roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday 10 May. Followed by the release of further guidance and support such as the ‘working safely during coronavirus’ document, which outlined sector specific advice on how organisations and individuals could navigate through this period of uncertainty. But what steps

Article by: Alastair Currie, Employment Partner - Bevan Brittan 10 July 2020

Only 13% of UK working parents want to go back to ‘the old normal’

A survey of 1,500 people carried out for Bright Horizons, the nursery provider, suggests that many working parents realise that large parts of their jobs can be conducted remotely, according to a report in The Guardian.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 9 July 2020

New research finds 44% of carers struggling to combine work and care

The CIPD and University of Sheffield report ‘Supporting working carers’ examines the ability of working carers to combine caring responsibilities with paid employment. Almost 3.7 million employees are working carers and for about 2.6 million care is additional to full-time paid work, with the majority of carers providing at least 30 hours of care per week.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 8 July 2020


Proportionality of disability-related dismissal requires balancing exercise

The EAT’s decision in Department of Work and Pensions v Boyers is a reminder of how the law applies to objective justification in S.15 of the Equality Act 2010 claims where it is established that an employee was treated unfavourably because of something arising in consequence of his or her disability.

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

Less favourable treatment after announcing divorce was marital status discrimination

Claims for direct marital discrimination are rare and the proceedings in this case, Bacon v (1) Advanced Fire Solutions Ltd (2) Ellis were set against a background of a very acrimonious divorce between the Claimant, Mrs Bacon, a director, and her husband Mr Bacon, also a director.

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


As the UK prepares to set its own laws, what does the future hold for employment law?

In past generations, the ultimate goal was to become an employee, with a job for life and families following one another into the same business. The employer would often take a paternal view of their workforce, viewing them more as family than employees, sending them off at the end of their time with their gold watch and final salary pension.

Article by: Beverley Sunderland, Managing Director - Crossland Employment Solicitors 3 July 2020

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Citizens Advice helping one person every two minutes with a redundancy issue

Citizens Advice is warning of a surge in demand for redundancy advice following an analysis of its recent service activity. Between 8-12 June the charity’s frontline advisers helped 1,200 people with 2,000 redundancy issues, i.e. one person every two minutes.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 2 July 2020