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Guide to duty of care to disabled employees

Over recent months, a number of Government Departments and reputable organisations have been publicly scrutinised due to investigations of their alleged failings in their treatment of disabled employees.

Article by: Maria Chadwick, Partner Employment and Discrimination Team - Stephensons Solicitors LLP 21 May 2020

COVID-19: New temporary Right to Work measures

When it comes to employment, the current coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a lot of uncertainty amongst both employees and employers. One specific group for which there is particular concern is foreign nationals currently living and working in the UK.

Article by: Graeme Kirk, Partner and Head of Immigration – Ellisons Solicitors incorporating Gross & Co 20 May 2020

ICO publish guidance for employers on workplace coronavirus testing

The ICO has published guidance for employers on data protection considerations if they want to carry out tests to check whether staff have symptoms of COVID-19 or the virus itself when they return to work.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 20 May 2020

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