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Nursery worker loses claim after showing too much cleavage

In the case of Miss L Lawrence v Bundles of Joy Day Nursery, a nursery teacher has lost her sex discrimination claim after being accused of wearing a dress with too much cleavage. Latika Lawrence tried to sue her bosses but failed after an employment tribunal concluded that a male colleague with too many undone shirt buttons would have been similarly chastised.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 24 September 2021

‘Fire and re-hire’ strike by Weetabix staff announced

Engineers at Weetabix plants in Northamptonshire and Corby will down tools after the company tried to impose £5,000 of wage cuts using notorious fire-and-rehire tactics against employees. The union Unite will begin a series of 48 hour strikes on Tuesday 21 September followed by strikes on the same day every week throughout the autumn with the final strike scheduled to begin on Tuesday 30 November.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 23 September 2021

CIPD calls for ethnicity pay reporting to be mandatory from 2023

A new guide has been launched by CIPD to help companies report their ethnicity pay gap as new research finds just 13 FTSE 100 companies currently report their ethnicity pay data.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 21 September 2021

Psychologist whistle-blower at gender transition clinic wins claim

In the case of Appleby v The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Sonia Appleby has had a long career safeguarding and protecting children in social care, health and as a children’s guardian in public and private proceedings.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 16 September 2021

Is it lawful for part-time workers not to receive paid breaks if the reason is that they are working shorter shifts?

n Forth Valley Health Board v Campbell, James Campbell was a part-time Phlebotomist who worked 16 hours per week on a 6-week rota. It was the employer’s practice that workers received a paid 15 minute break when they worked shifts of 6 hours or more. Campbell did receive a paid break when working 6-hour weekend shifts but not when working 4-hour shifts during the week.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 15 September 2021

Estate agent denied early finish after maternity leave wins discrimination case

In Thompson v Scancrown Ltd, trading as Manors, Alice Thompson worked for Manors estate agents, based in Marylebone, London. The company had around 10 employees and catered to wealthy clients from overseas, particularly in the Middle East.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 14 September 2021

Companies urged not to let their guard down in relation to Covid when employees return to work

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the professional body for health and safety professionals, has reminded companies that it is too early to let their guard down regarding maintaining workplace safety in light of Covid. Companies should try to sustain preventative measures to restrict the spread of the virus.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 13 September 2021

Mortgage advisor wins unfair dismissal case after being fired for ‘always moaning’

In McMahon v Heron Financial Limited, Helen McMahon was employed as a New Build and Mortgage Protection Adviser and had worked for the employer for less than two years. She emailed her managers about commission payments she believed she should have received but which hadn’t been paid to her. She then took two weeks off due to illness, after which she called a meeting with her manager. She raised that she was working more than an average of 48 hours a week, that it was stressing her out and that she wanted somehow to reduce her hours.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton 10 September 2021