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  • 29 Jun 2015
    This time a Northern Irish tribunal rules that voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations. This is yet another development in the long running holiday pay saga that could have significant implications for UK employers.

  • 29 Jun 2015
    Travelling time to and from work should be paid for some workers, rules the Advocate General in a Spanish case that, if ratified by the European Court of Justice, will have a significant impact on employers who have staff without a fixed place of work.

  • 25 Jun 2015
    In the widely reported case of Begum v Pedagogy Auras UK Ltd t/a Barley Lane Montessori Day Nursery, Ms Begum, a nursery assistant failed in her claim that her would be employer’s request that she wear something shorter than a full length jilbab was discriminatory. She lost her case, but what are the implications for employers when it comes to religious dress in the workplace?

  • 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...