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HIV Discrimination: Advice for employees and employers

Gareth Thomas’s brave revelations about living with HIV have inspired others living with the condition to open up about their experiences. Often individuals diagnosed with HIV can experience stigma in a number of arenas, including their workplace being a significant…

All tied up in knots?

Can a massage given in the workplace constitute harassment related to sex? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision confirmed that a female manager massaging a male employee’s shoulders in an open plan office, whilst unwanted conduct, was not “related to…

Is Vegetarianism a protected characteristic?

Facts The Claimant, Mr G Connisbee, raised concerns that he was discriminated against because he was a vegetarian. The Claimant resigned from his employment after 5 months of service, alleging that the reason he resigned was because of the way he…

Covert recording of meetings – is it gross misconduct?

In the case of Phoenix House Limited v Stockman, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had committed misconduct during their employment, for covertly recording a meeting, and whether a reduction should be applied to the compensation awarded. Facts Ms…

Dress codes: Key points for employers

Today is the hottest day of the year. With that in mind we set out the key points that employers should be aware of affecting dress code for employees. Dress codes will be affected by the nature and requirements of the…

IR35 – more guidance?

Background IR35 is tax legislation designed to combat tax avoidance by workers supplying services to clients via an intermediary. The rules apply where an individual provides services to a client through a Personal Services Company (PSC), and would be regarded as…

Egon Zehnder case

How to make non-compete clauses enforceable We regularly advise employers and employees on the enforceability of restrictive covenants following the end of the employment relationship. The  Supreme Court in the case of Tillman v Egon Zehnder has confirmed the principle that it…