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DoE launches new free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

The Department of Education (DoE) has launched a new online learning platform to help boost people’s skills while they are staying at home.  Free courses are available through The Skills Toolkit which gives people access to “free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects”.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 7 May 2020

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Homophobic remarks made during radio interview breached EU equal treatment law

In NH v Associazione Avvocatura per i diritti LGBTI, a lawyer had stated, in an interview given during a radio programme, that he would not wish to recruit homosexual persons to his firm nor to use the services of such persons in his firm.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 5 May 2020

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Parental pay while on furlough to be calculated on usual earnings

The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 25 April 2020.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 4 May 2020

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Mimicking Chinese accent and making Kung Foo noises was racial harassment

In Sheun v Northern General Hospital (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust), S is of Chinese ethnic origin. He grew up in a small town where there were few families of Chinese ethnic origin and had suffered regular discriminatory treatment at the hands of residents and school mates.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 28 April 2020

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Harassment claim can’t succeed just because employer handled situation poorly

In BDW Trading Limited v Kopec, K is Polish and heterosexual. K was racially abused by a delivery driver and later racially abused by another driver, who also made a homophobic abusive remark. K’s line manager acknowledged the rudeness of both drivers but blamed K for his manner and demeanour which she said did not help either situation.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 27 April 2020

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Acas makes changes to its coronavirus advice on using holidays

Acas has made recent changes to the section on ‘using holiday’ in their guidance document ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees’, relating to the relationship between annual leave rights and furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 22 April 2020