Finally an end to the gig-economy worker conundrum?
The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Pimlico Plumbers and another v Gary Smith could spell an end to gig-economy ‘jobs loophole’ being used to avoid worker status. The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Pimlico’s recent appeal has confirmed that their workers are in fact just that: not the self-employed contractors that their contracts with Pimlico sought to […]Read more
Tattoo’ll do nicely! Or will it?
Research published this week by the conciliation service, Acas, suggests that some UK employers’ attitudes towards people with tattoos are becoming outdated – and those employers are missing out on talent. In recent years tattoos have broken into the mainstream and become much more common. A 2015 YouGov poll suggested that young people in the […]Read more
No Heels Required? Keeping your workplace Dress Code within the law
In light of recent headlines regarding Nicola Thorp, a Receptionist sent home from work without pay after refusing to wear high heels, many employers may be looking to review the dress code requirements they set for their staff. Ms Thorp’s case shows that where a dress code is perceived to be discriminatory, an employer may […]Read more
Childcare vouchers – no longer child’s play
The position taken by HMRC that an employer must continue to provide childcare vouchers as part of a salary sacrifice scheme during an employee’s maternity leave has been challenged by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the recent case of Peninsula Business Services v Donaldson. The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 (MPLR) state that […]Read more
Transgender discrimination in the workplace
Most employers are well-versed in their statutory obligations not to discriminate against their employees on the grounds of sex, religion or belief, and age (the more common examples of “protected characteristics”), for example, but what about an employee who is transgender? How does an employer stay the right side of the discrimination barrier? Consideration must […]Read more
An end to modern slavery?
A recent landmark employment law ruling in the UK’s first ‘Caste discrimination’ case What is Caste? Caste systems involve the division of people into social groups. The idea of ‘caste’ is rooted in Hindu society and it is suggested that caste discrimination affects approximately 260 million people worldwide, the vast majority living in South Asia. […]Read more
Stamford Bridge over troubled waters; Chelsea FC’s employment law blues
Jose Mourinho is once again the talk of the back pages, but this time it’s for all the wrong reasons. The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ may have landed the Blues in a crisis after a series of highly publicised events that he has been at the centre of. With many pundits speculating that time is ticking […]Read more
Dress Codes, Jilbabs and Indirect Religious Discrimination
Religion is one of the nine ‘protected characteristics’ covered by the Equality Act 2010, which implements the Equal Treatment Framework Directive 2000/78/EC. This prohibits harassment and direct/indirect discrimination in respect of religion or belief of both job applicants and those in employment. Religious discrimination can also involve infringement of the Human Rights Act 1998 and […]Read more
Caste no shadow: Caste discrimination is covered by Equality Act 2010
Are employers at risk of an Employment Tribunal (ET) claim due to caste discrimination? A judgment by the ET has recently been upheld by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), holding that claims of race discrimination based on caste can be made under the Equality Act 2010, despite the fact that the Act does not currently […]Read more
Is obesity really a disability?
Obesity – a growing concern Obesity levels in the UK have risen dramatically over the last quarter of a century. Statistics suggest that 25% of the current UK population is obese. Changes afoot in the law of employment suggest that obesity may become an issue for employers. The landmark case on Obesity Discrimination The case […]Read more
GPs: ‘One Examination too Far’ for Race Equality
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (Bapio) has this week been unsuccessful in its Judicial Review claim against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the General Medical Council (GMC), the doctors’ regulatory body. Racial discrimination allegations sparked the Judicial Review claim, and began last Tuesday at the Royal Courts of Justice […]Read more
Zero Hours Contracts – Zero Hassle?
Zero hours contracts have recently excited a great deal of comment – both for and against. A recent CIPD survey estimated that there are currently around one million people in Great Britain working on a zero hours basis and that 65% of them are happy with their work‑life balance, compared with 58% of their full‑time colleagues. […]Read more