Archive | June, 2011

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Red Tape Challenge: health and safety legislation in the spotlight

After concentrating on equality legislation, the Government’s Red Tape Challenge is seeking views on health and safety legislation from 30 June 2011 until 21 July 2011.
The Red Tape Challenge seeks views on issues such as:

major-hazard industries;
higher-risk workplaces;
dealing with hazardous chemicals and materials; and
general health and… continue

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Lay members valued in unfair dismissal claims, say employment judges

Both employment tribunal lay members and judges assess unfair dismissal as a jurisdiction where lay members add value to decision-making, according to the preliminary findings from a survey of employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) lay members and judges (PDF format, 808K) (on the University of Greenwich website).
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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 20.06.11 to 26.06.11: teacher “locked in cupboard” wins unfair dismissal claim

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 20 June 2011, including a teacher who was constructively dismissed after being bullied and locked in a cupboard.
Robert Gordon’s College teacher wins bullying case (on the BBC website) A teacher who claimed that she… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 20 June 2011: Supreme Court to rule on legal representation in disciplinary proceedings

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter this week, including news of the imminent judgment from the Supreme Court (on its website) in the important case of R (on the application of G) v Governors of X School and Y City Council, which concerns when employees should… continue

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Legal aid reforms: Government confirms removal of legal aid for most employment claims

The Government has confirmed in the response to its consultation on the future of legal aid (on the Ministry of Justice website) that legal aid will be removed for most employment claims in England and Wales.
Although legal aid is not available for representation in employment tribunals in England and… continue

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Discrimination: a short history of hair in the workplace

The principles revisited in the High Court decision of SG v St Gregory’s Catholic Science College [2011] EWHC 1452 HC (on the BAILII website), where it was found that a school’s policy banning cornrow hairstyles indirectly discriminated against a schoolboy, apply in a workplace context too. We’ve combed the archive… continue

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Employment tribunal decisions in the headlines 13.06.11 to 19.06.11: woman not constructively dismissed over employer’s attitude to her migraines

A round-up of links to news items on employment tribunal rulings in the week beginning 13 June 2011, including a woman who resigned prematurely from her job because of her bosses’ attitude to her severe migraine problems has lost her claim for constructive dismissal.
Llangollen woman who quit job over… continue

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Tribunal Watch’s Twitter round-up – week beginning 13 June 2011: Conservative MP seeks £50,000 cap on employment tribunal awards

We round up what caught Tribunal Watch’s eye on Twitter this week, including a less than positive reaction to Conservative MP Christopher Chope’s Private Members’ Bill (on the UK Parliament website) for compensatory awards for unfair or wrongful dismissal or discrimination arising out of employment to be capped at £50,000.… continue

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Company harassed diabetic employee by suggesting she inject insulin in toilet

In yet another case involving an employer failing to make a simple reasonable adjustment to assist a disabled employee at work, a tribunal held that a company discriminated against a diabetic employee when it suggested that she inject insulin in the toilet rather than in front of other employees, in… continue

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Deaf diplomat appeals disability discrimination case against FCO

A deaf diplomat is appealing against the employment tribunal decision dismissing the disability discrimination claim that she brought after an offer of a posting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to Kazakhstan was withdrawn after it proved to be too expensive to provide her with special interpreters, reports the… continue

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