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When is a resignation not a resignation?

In the case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed the importance of the surrounding circumstances when considering whether a resignation is unambiguous and effective. Facts of the case Ms L worked in the…

US Open final overshadowed by discrimination scandal

Serena Williams engaged in a heated exchange with umpire, Carlos Ramos, after being handed code violations and which resulted in a game penalty which she described as unfair and sex discrimination. The link You may wonder how a tennis violation could be…

Working during the commute: #WorkingFromTrain

#wft (‘working from trains’) is fast replacing #wfh (‘working from home’). A recent study commissioned by the University of West England revealed that the average commuter uses most of their travel time to catch up on work emails. In some cases,…

‘Sleep in’ and pay?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Royal MENCAP Society v Tomlinson Blake and Shannon v Ramprasad has considered the issue of whether ‘sleep in’ workers are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time that…

Menopausal leave – Are we almost there?

Rachel McClean, Conservative MP for Redditch, has been hitting the headlines recently to highlight the plight of many women: the menopause and the effect it has on women in their daily life. Ms McClean and fellow MP Carolyn Harris have become ambassadors…

EU Settlement Scheme – Employer toolkit

The Government has published new promotional material for employers to support EU citizens and their families. The ‘EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit’ is meant to provide comprehensive information for those employing EU citizens. All employers should know that the current ‘right…

Gig economy and discrimination?

The recent stream of cases dealing with worker status have focused on whether individuals who have been providing services to organisations are deemed to be workers rather than self-employed contractors, and therefore entitled to National Minimum Wage, holiday pay and…

Lipstick and high heels are here to stay

Workplace dress codes – A reminder We saw public uproar in 2016 when Nicola Thorp, a receptionist working for PwC via an agency called Portico, was sent home one day for failing to wear high heels. She was told that it…

Will your employees face red cards this summer?

With World Cup at fever pitch, particularly after England’s euphoric win on Sunday, employers should consider taking steps to minimise the impact of the World Cup and other key sporting events on their business. Two of the main concerns are…