In the case of Rendina v Royston Veterinary Centre Limited, Ms Charlotte Rendina worked at Royston Veterinary Centre as an assistant veterinary surgeon from 20 January 2020 until her dismissal on 30 March 2020. She raised several Health and Safety issues with the practice manager such as the lack of measures in place to protect staff from Covid-19, whether staff could limit patients to one per consultation and requesting to wear a mask as she was asthmatic.
4 November 2021
In the case of Kostal UK Ltd v Dunkley and others, which was heard at the Supreme Court, the employer had been negotiating with the trade union, of which all of the Claimants were members, in respect of certain terms and conditions of the employees' contract of employment.
3 November 2021
The government has announced in the 2021 Budget that the National Living Wage will increase to £9.50 from April 2022. Ministers have accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation for a 6.6% increase from £8.91, which applies to workers aged 23 and over. For those aged 21 to 22, the minimum will increase from £8.36 to £9.18.
2 November 2021
In the case of Pitcher v Chancellor Masters And Scholars Of The University Of Oxford the EAT considered joined appeals relating to the application of the Employer Justified Retirement Age policy (“EJRA”) operated by the University of Oxford (“the University”) and, in the case of Professor Pitcher, St John’s College (“the College”).
1 November 2021
In the case of Ms M Driscoll v Varela, Ms Driscoll was employed as an executive assistant by V & P Global Ltd, a legal recruitment consultancy. She worked closely with Mr Varela, the founder and chief executive of the consultancy. Ms Driscoll asserts that, on various occasions in the course of her employment, Mr Varela made comments which constituted harassment related to sex, race or disability, contrary to section 26 of the Equality Act; that she was victimised by him, after her employment had ended; and that the consultancy was in breach of its duty to provide written particulars of employment.
29 October 2021
According to the CIPD, which launched a new in-depth report ‘Addressing skills and labour shortages post-Brexit’ based on a survey of more than 2000 employers and focus groups with employers in low-paying sectors, short-term interventions on immigration policy are required to tackle the immediate labour crisis. It finds that most labour and skills shortages currently facing the UK pre-date the pandemic and are therefore unlikely to be resolved by the gradual return to pre-pandemic norms.
28 October 2021
James Timpson, the CEO of the retailer best known for key cutting and shoe repairs, announced on Twitter that ‘…all my colleagues can claim on expenses their prescription costs when they are recommended HRT. It’s so important that we support our colleagues going through the menopause.’
27 October 2021
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has published a roadmap setting out details on new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements which will mean businesses must start disclosing their environmental impact. The new requirements will also apply to pension schemes, investment products and asset managers and owners.
26 October 2021
In the case of Mrs A Rodin v Dhillons Management Services Limited, Mrs Rodin provided training services to a company that managed HR activities over a number of franchise operations, including Dominos Pizza, Costa Coffee and others. Mrs Rodin earned £25,000 per annum. She stated that she had worked on the Domino's Pizza contract for 16 years and latterly was employed by Dhillons Management Services from May 2016.
25 October 2021
Tshovo Accountancy Services Limited had been prosecuted by the City of London Corporation’s Trading Standards Service and subsequently convicted of fraudulent trading, following a four-week trial at Southwark Crown Court. Wemba Akobola was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months at the Old Bailey. He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from being a director for five years.
22 October 2021