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Social worker loses disability discrimination case after claiming that autism influenced their conduct

In the case of Ms M Morgan v Buckinghamshire Council, Ms Morgan was a supervising social worker who worked in the Council’s fostering team. She was dismissed on the grounds of her conduct for giving unauthorised gifts to a child for whom she had responsibility and for the inappropriate content of a case note she had written. 

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 6 December 2022

New report shows that hiring managers are making decisions based on prejudice and not in line with their own organisational policy when rejecting candidates with convictions

A study commissioned by Working Chance, Progress & Prejudice: Shifts in UK employer attitudes towards people with convictions, an employment charity exclusively for women who have criminal convictions has shown that in the last six years, the proportion of employers who would not hire someone with a conviction has reduced significantly, from half to just over a quarter. The percentage of employers who say that they would, hypothetically, recruit someone with a conviction has increased. It’s now 45%, compared with 25% in 2010.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 2 December 2022

A third of businesses expect the four-day week to become a reality in the next ten years, new research shows

New CIPD research shows that a third of respondent organisations (34%) think the four-day week will become a reality in the UK for most workers within the next ten years. However, only a small minority of firms have moved towards the four-day week to date by reducing hours without reducing pay for their employees, or plan to do this over the next three years. 

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 25 November 2022

Pharmacy assistant gets £10k payout after unfair dismissal

In Miss M Yule v Health Hut Professionals Limited an employment tribunal has ruled that a pharmacy assistant is entitled to £9,867 from her former employer after it found she had been unfairly dismissed.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead Burton 24 November 2022