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Gender-fluid worker receives £180,000 compensation after being subjected to insults from colleagues

In the 24 September 2020 news update we reported that in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover an ET found that the protection under the Equality Act for those undergoing gender reassignment extended to non-binary and gender-fluid individuals, and went on to uphold Taylor’s harassment, discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal claims.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 23 October 2020

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EAT issues penalty notices for failing to inform and consult EWC about redundancies

Cases alleging a breach of the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 (TICER 1999) are very rare and (1) Verizon EWC (2) Charpentier v Central Management of the Verizon Group is the first application of its kind for penalty notices to be issued by the EAT for failures to comply with the TICER 1999 provisions.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 23 October 2020

Employer not liable for injury caused to contractor as a result of employee’s practical joke 

In Chell v Tarmac Cement and Lime Ltd, tensions arose between the Tarmac fitters and fitters provided by a contactor, Roltech. The Tarmac fitters thought, probably wrongly, that their jobs were in jeopardy and that they would be replaced by the Roltech fitters. H, a Roltech fitter, brought two "pellet targets" with him on to the site and he put those on a bench close to a Roltech fitter’s, C’s, right ear. H then hit them with a hammer causing a loud explosion as a practical joke, but the joke ‘misfired’ as C suffered a perforated right eardrum.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 23 October 2020

Claimant ordered to pay £432,000 costs for making frivolous claims

In Tan v Copthorne Hotels Ltd an ET ordered T to pay £432,001.85 costs to Copthorne Hotels after it rejected all of his claims. The costs judgment does not indicate why the amount was ordered but it appears that it stems from the frivolous nature of T’s case and the unreasonable way it was presented.

Article by: Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton | Published: 12 October 2020

School closures: should parent employees continue to be paid?

There have been a string of school closures since they reopened at the beginning of this month. This has resulted in many children having to remain home and self-isolate, but what does this mean for parent employees who have to remain home to look after them?

Article by: Kathryn Casey-Evans, Andrew Crudge, Simon Rhodes and Kira McKane, solicitors, employment team - Trethowans LLP | Published: 9 October 2020

What employers need to know about flexible working requests

A leading employment lawyer is urging business owners to carefully consider flexible working requests made by employees with the demand for new working arrangements increasing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Article by: Ben Mason, an Employment Law Partner - Aaron & Partners | Published: 8 October 2020

Acas, CBI and TUC joint statement on handling redundancies

Acas, CBI and TUC have published a joint statement on handling redundancies which recognises that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a devastating impact on many businesses leading many employers to consider redundancy as the only survival option.

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