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legal alert: The do’s and don’ts of the work Christmas party

11 Dec 18

It’s that time of the year when work Christmas parties are already in full swing and people are enjoying the opportunity to loosen up and celebrate with their colleagues. The lines between work and play invariably get blurred and people are known for doing stupid things. Here are our top do’s and don’ts to help ensure you and your colleagues get through the night unscathed.

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legal alert: Is veganism a “philosophical belief” under the Equality Act?

05 Dec 18

In the wake of the resignation of William Sitwell, the editor of Waitrose Food magazine, over disparaging comments on vegans, veganism is in the spotlight and on the rise.

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legal alert: Company found vicariously liable for brain injury caused after a Christmas party

20 Nov 18

In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214, the Court of Appeal held a company was vicariously liable for an assault committed by its managing director on an employee after a Christmas party.

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legal alert: Are your post-termination restrictions enforceable?

07 Aug 18

Protecting your confidential information and customer goodwill has never been more important, particularly in an age where social media allows unparalleled, almost instant access to others in the commercial world and data theft is on the rise.

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legal alert: Knowledge of the consequences of disability

26 Jun 18

The EAT has recently held that knowledge of the consequences of a disability is not required for claims of discrimination arising from disability.

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legal alert: Is asking a Moroccan Muslim employee whether he still supported Islamic State discrimination on the grounds of race or religion? Bakkali v GMB (South) Ltd

21 Jun 18

Mr Bakkali (who identified himself as of Moroccan origin and a Muslim) had a conversation with a colleague, during which he referred to comments made in a newspaper article about Islamic State Fighters being “confident and proficient fighters” and managing to run the country. The same colleague subsequently asked “are you still promoting IS?” which upset Mr Bakkali and resulted in an altercation. Mr Bakkali was subsequently dismissed for gross misconduct. He claimed that his colleague’s comment about IS was harassment because of race and/or religious belief and that he had suffered direct discrimination.

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08 Jun 18

The World Cup in Russia is soon to be upon us with the tournament running from 14 June until 15 July 2018. Headaches of many varieties can occur during such major sporting events, whether alcohol induced or those created by more practical workplace issues. ACAS have recently published guidance to help employers identify and prepare for any such effect in the workplace.

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legal alert: TUPE warning for Multi Academy Trusts MATs

21 May 18

The EAT recently held, in Guvera v Butler and others, that a TUPE transfer had taken place following a share sale. In the ordinary course of events TUPE does not apply to share sales but, in this case, Guvera assumed day to day control of the music streaming service, Blinkbox. That day to day control “went beyond the mere exercise of ordinary supervision or information gathering” by a parent company and TUPE was held to apply.

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legal alert: Employers do not have to offer enhanced Shared Parental Pay.

19 Apr 18

The EAT has confirmed that an employer’s failure to provide enhanced shared parental pay, in line with maternity pay, is not discriminatory.

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legal alert: Termination and Tax: beware new rules on the taxation of payments to employees from 6 April 2018

16 Mar 18

Payments made for terminations of employment before 6 April 2018 will be subject to the old rules, even if payments are made in 2018/19.

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legal alert: Protected conversations: keeping them “off the record”

12 Jan 18

The Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision last month in the case of Basra v BJSS Limited demonstrated the limitations of the “protected conversation” legislation contained in section 111A of the Employment Rights Act.

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legal alert: Same job, less pay

09 Jan 18

Hazel Royle featured in a debate on Radio 5 Live yesterday highlighting the practical difficulties employees face in identifying whether or not they are paid differently to others.

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legal alert: Safeguarding over Privacy

01 Jun 16

Most people would think that events in their personal life outside of work should remain private, but the recent case of Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has shown that, in the some circumstances, a teacher’s failure to disclose certain information about their private life can be sufficient to justify a dismissal.

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