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CIPD publishes a ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to the workplace guide’

The CIPD has published 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to the workplace guide'. The guide highlights that employers need to plan now for what is likely to be staged return to the workplace over what could be prolonged periods. Their guiding principle should be how organisations take care of their people and safeguard their health and well-being.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 May 2020

Yodels couriers with a lot of autonomy are not workers under the WTD

In B v Yodel Delivery Network Ltd, a Watford ET asked the ECJ whether a courier whose status was described as a ‘self-employed’ contractor, was a worker under the Working Time Directive (WTD). Unlike couriers/drivers in other gig economy platforms Yodel couriers have a lot of autonomy, i.e. Yodel are under no obligation to provide work and couriers can turn jobs down, they can appoint substitutes and are liable for their actions, they can choose when to deliver (within a time frame), and they can work for other delivery companies.

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

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£174,000 compensation for sexual orientation harassment and discrimination

In Allen v Paradigm Precision Burnley Limited an ET upheld ‘A’’s claim of sexual orientation harassment and direct discrimination (and claims victimisation and constructive unfair dismissal) which occurred after ‘A’ started to come out as being gay to select people in his team.

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

DoE launches new free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

The Department of Education (DoE) has launched a new online learning platform to help boost people’s skills while they are staying at home.  Free courses are available through The Skills Toolkit which gives people access to “free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects”.

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

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Homophobic remarks made during radio interview breached EU equal treatment law

In NH v Associazione Avvocatura per i diritti LGBTI, a lawyer had stated, in an interview given during a radio programme, that he would not wish to recruit homosexual persons to his firm nor to use the services of such persons in his firm.

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

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Parental pay while on furlough to be calculated on usual earnings

The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 25 April 2020.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 4 May 2020