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Heat of the moment comment about shooting a colleague did not justify dismissal

An ET has held that the work done by Jeremy Vine on Points of View and Samira Ahmed on Newswatch was ‘like work’ i.e. work that is the same or broadly similar. Claire Darwin of Matrix Chambers represented Samira Ahmed, who report that the ET held that the differences between the two programmes were minor differences and had no impact on the work that the two presenters did, or the skills and experience required to present the programmes

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 4 February 2020

Parental bereavement leave and pay coming into force on 6 April

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 will come into force on 6 April 2020  by way of the Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020 and the Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (General) Regulations 2020. The ‘day one’ right to Parental Bereavement Leave will apply to all eligible employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 or who suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 2 February 2020

Government announces increases to statutory payments in April 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a paper setting out proposed increases to statutory payments which will apply from April 2020. Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Maternity Allowance will all increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 26 January 2020

National Living Wage increases to £8.72 per hour from April 2020

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission recommendation that the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates should increase in April 2020 as follows: (a) the NLW increases from £8.21 to £8.72 for workers aged 25 and over;

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 16 January 2020

Vegans but not vegetarians – the practical impact of protected beliefs under the Equality Act

The practical impact of protected beliefs under the Equality Act has been limited – partly because many of the beliefs that have achieved protection have relatively little interaction with workplace issues. However, more recent decisions, such as the recent case about ethical veganism and a climate catastrophe decision in Nicholson v Grainger plc, could change this.

Article by: Blair Adams, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood | Published: 15 January 2020

Discovering Vice President’s salary accidently and telling a few colleagues not gross misconduct

In Jagex Ltd v McCambridge, M was summarily dismissed after finding a document that had been left on the communal printer which contained the salary of a senior employee and telling a few colleagues about it. Although M was not responsible for any wider dissemination of the information, it was embarrassing for the employer when the level of the executive's pay became more generally known in the office. The EAT agreed with the ET that M’s dismissal was unfair

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 13 January 2020