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Top tips for accommodating breastfeeding at work

In our 6 October 2016 update we reported that a failure by easyJet to limit duty days to 8 hours, to allow two female cabin crew members who were breastfeeding their babies to express milk, was found to be indirect discrimination. CIPD People Management have just published a very useful article ‘Top tips for accommodating breastfeeding at work’ which can help employers avoid breaking the law.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 21 October 2016

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GBP 28,000 awarded where enhanced shared parental leave pay only available to women

In Snell v Network Rail, both Snell (S) and his wife work for Network Rail. They informed Network Rail that they would be taking shared parental leave. Under the employer’s policy, S would be entitled to up to 39 weeks' shared parental leave pay at the statutory rate and up to a further 13 weeks' unpaid leave.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 21 October 2016

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New protocol allows EJs to assess strengths and weaknesses of claim

The President of the Employment Tribunals has issued guidance setting out a Protocol for employment judges to conduct a Judicial Assessment of the strengths, weaknesses and risks of the parties’ respective claims.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 14 October 2016

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PM launches review of workers’ rights

The Telegraph have reported that the Prime Minister has appointed Matthew Taylor, chief executive for the Royal Society for encouragements of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, to conduct a review of workers' rights in a move set “to pave the way for the self-employed and temporary employees to be protected by new laws”.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 14 October 2016

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£80,000 costs award for pursuing claims unreasonably

In Hussain v Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, during the course of the Liability Hearing, the ET gave Hussain (H) a costs warning, urging him to focus on “whether certain of his claims now had any prospect of success” and whether his claim was “so very weak having come apart in cross examination and by reference to the contemporaneous documentation and also his answers”.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 14 October 2016