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  • 31 Oct 2017
    Discrimination cases can be the most expensive to defend and carry the highest compensation payments for successful claimants. When Ms Ramos, a nurse breastfeeding her 4 month old child, claimed her role was causing risk to her and her baby, her employer failed to carry our a proper risk assessment and the European Court of Justice subsequently ruled that its actions amounted to direct sex discrimination.

  • 20 Oct 2017
    It stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and in essence it’s an extension of data protection laws that will hit us on 25th May 2018 – its impact will be on all of us, whether we be data controllers or data processors. Given that large fines tend to result from breaches of national legislation (in this case up to 4% of turnover), we’d better take notice.

  • 10 Oct 2017
    Historically the EAT have held that foster carers were not workers. For a role to attract worker status there must be a contract. Formal agreements govern the foster carer and Council relationship and these are determined by law; not freely entered into or subject to negotiation. But foster carer Sarah Anderson (perhaps encouraged by cases like Uber & Deliveroo) is challenging the current view.

  • 27 Sep 2017
    When tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, claims dropped by 70%. Now the fees have been abolished the signs appear to suggest an increase in claims. In the last few weeks alone we've seen client cases we would have expected to have fizzled out quietly instead hit the ACAS Early Conciliation phase, a necessary step prior to tribunal proceedings.

  • 27 Sep 2017
    The abolition of tribunal fees and the inevitable increase in litigation means employers should use extra caution when approaching employee dismissals whether by redundancy or any other reason. Our article explains the pros and cons of the voluntary exit agreement Vs the more formal Settlement Agreement.