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Zero hours contracts soar

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the number of people on so-called ‘zero hours contracts’ has soared in recent years, to over 900,000. Article from Adam Pennington is an employment law solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP.

Contributor: Adam Pennington | Published: 19 May 2017

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Brexit bonfire of employment law “not needed”

Employers back UK’s existing employment rights framework as negotiations over the country’s departure from the EU begin. Comment Rachel Suff, Employment Adviser at the CIPD.

Contributor: Rachel Suff | Published: 15 May 2017

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Change to recruitment processes following EAT ruling?

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a woman with Asperger's syndrome was discriminated against during the notoriously competitive recruitment process for the Government Legal Service (GLS).

Contributor: Emma O'Leary | Published: 8 May 2017

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GMB calls for powers to control “wild west” taxi regulations

Local authorities can use existing by-laws to control cross border menace says union. GMB, the union for private hire drivers, is writing to council leaders urging them to use exiting powers to put the brakes on ‘Wild West’ taxi regulation.

Contributor: Steve Garelick | Published: 25 April 2017

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Third of careworkers stuck on zero hours contracts

More than 110,000 carers trapped in insecure work, union says. Shocking figures revealed by GMB, the union for care workers, show that a third of care workers in England are stuck in precarious, zero hours contracts. Comment from Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary.

Contributor: Tim Roache | Published: 16 April 2017

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Supreme Court decision reminds employers of their obligations not to discriminate

The Supreme Court has held in the conjoined cases of Home Office (UK Border Agency) v Essop and others and Naeem v the Secretary of State for Justice that in order to make a valid claim for indirect discrimination the victim of the discrimination will have to show that a requirement has been imposed on them, that they have a protected characteristic and that they (and those who share the protected characteristic) suffer the effect of the disadvantage when compared to others. Comment Nicola Ihnatowicz, employment partner at law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Contributor: Nicola Ihnatowicz | Published: 13 April 2017

Red Tape Day April 2017: Are you ready?

It’s one of the most important dates for UK businesses; and we’re just days away from Spring 2017’s Red Tape Day.

Contributor: Lindsey Knowles | Published: 5 April 2017

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Employers are entitled to ban workers from wearing headscarves to work

The court ruled that any ban on the ‘visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign' must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to ‘dress neutrally'. It cannot be based on the wishes of a customer. From Emma O'Leary, employment law consultant for the ELAS Group.

Contributor: Emma O'Leary | Published: 20 March 2017

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Landmark unfair dismissal claim – GMB comment

This is a shocking case where the employer has failed on so many different levels to abide by well-established laws that regulate the workplace relationship says GMB Southern. Comment from Jim McDermott, Regional Organiser of GMB, Southern Region.

Contributor: Jim McDermott | Published: 10 March 2017