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  • 25 Jun 2015
    The Begum case proved to be a victory for common sense, as the particular garment Ms Begum wanted to wear to work was a trip hazard and was not strictly required to be worn according to her religion, but deciding what is reasonable for employers to expect when it comes to telling employees what to wear/not to wear in the workplace is a challenge, and it isn’t confined to religious dress either. As employers can we ask people what to wear or not to wear? What about all those piercings & tattoos, whacky hairstyles and designer stubble? Our article, based on previous case law, explores the limits of what we can expect when it comes to employees in the workplace.

  • 4 Jun 2015
    As an employer you are well within your rights to enforce a dress code for your staff, however careful consideration must be taken to ensure the dress code is not discriminatory. This particular article looks into a case where a Muslim lady who applied for an apprenticeship as a nursery assistant, felt she was discriminated against when asked during interview if the floor length Jilbab she was wearing for religious beliefs could be shorter...

  • 2 Jun 2015
    When delegates at the annual conference of the Irish Traveller Movement tried to get a pint in the Coronet pub in Islington, they were turned away. The action cost Wetherspoon £3k per head in damages, but the legal bill is thought to approach £1m for the pub chain. What did they do wrong, and what can employers generally learn from the case?

  • 2 Jun 2015
    We don’t have to worry about the rate rises themselves until October, but forewarned is forearmed and with a whopping 21% rise in one rate, if you have minimum wage staff you will be interested in reading the full article.

  • 1 Jun 2015
    Zero hours contracts have finally been banned more than a year after the then Business Secretary Vince Cable announced in his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference that he was launching a consultation on how to tackle abuses in zero hours contracts.