In Rae v Wellhead Electrical Supplies Limited, Ogg, the Finance Director, had not processed salary increases that R, the MD, had promised to staff. R got angry, threw his keys on Ogg’s desk, shouted, “I told you what was going to happen” and then said, “I won’t be back”.
Published: 18 February 2020
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
Published: 4 February 2020
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.
Published: 2 February 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
Published: 26 January 2020
In Forstater v CGD, F claimed she had been subjected to direct discrimination when CGD allegedly refused to continue with her consultancy agreement because of her “gender critical” opinions which she argued constituted a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
Published: 24 January 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;
Published: 16 January 2020
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.
Published: 15 January 2020
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
Published: 13 January 2020
An employment tribunal has decided in a case brought by Jordi Casamitjana against the League Against Cruel Sports, that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so qualifies as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
Published: 11 January 2020