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Government launches its first holiday pay advertising campaign

The Government has launched an advertising campaign encouraging workers to understand their holiday pay rights and employers to understand their legal obligations. It aims to reach workers and employers through video on-demand, Spotify advertising, and digital website and social media advertising

Article by: Makbool Javaid 31 March 2019

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23% increase in ET claims during October 2018 to December 2018

The Ministry of Justice quarterly tribunal statistics for October 2018 to December 2018 show that 9,811 single employment tribunal claims were received, an increase of 23% compared to the same period a year ago. There were 7,173 multiple claims received this quarter, down 78% on the same period last year

Article by: Makbool Javaid 29 March 2019

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Belief in Scottish independence is a protected philosophical belief

The Herald reports that Christopher McEleny, who alleges discrimination by the Ministry of Defence, has been successful in an ET preliminary hearing where it was decided that a belief in Scottish independence is a protected philosophical belief under S.10 of the Equality Act 2010 and so the case can now proceed to a full hearing

Article by: Makbool Javaid 27 March 2019

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Former council officer fined for emailing CVs of rival job applicants to his partner

A former senior local government officer has been prosecuted and fined £660, together with being ordered to pay £713 costs, for passing the personal information of rival job applicants to his partner. The ICO report that Kevin Bunsell (B) was Head of Building Control and had been trained in data protection law.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 23 March 2019

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New TUC and GMB passports to help disabled people get the support they need at work

The TUC and the GMB have launched a new disability passport to help the 946,000 disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers each year to get the support they need. Under the scheme a model ‘reasonable adjustments employer agreement’ has been produced, for reps to agree with their employer

Article by: Makbool Javaid 22 March 2019

Compensation for not providing rest breaks can include personal injury

In Grange v Abellio London Ltd 20 minute rest breaks were not made available on 14 days in breach of Reg 12 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). G suffered no financial loss, but the ET awarded him £750 because of the impact of not having breaks on his pre-existing medical condition

Article by: Makbool Javaid 22 March 2019

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BEIS guidance document explains powers available to employment tribunals 

The aim is to: (i) increase confidence that poor behaviour or conduct in bringing or defending a claim can have financial consequences; (ii) point out that tribunals can be asked to make use of those powers; and, (iii) help provide reassurance about the purpose and limits of these powers

Article by: Makbool Javaid 16 March 2019