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Is Enhanced Maternity Pay Discriminatory?

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that it is not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than an enhanced rate of maternity pay paid to women on maternity leave. In this article, Emma Roberts, looks at the case and highlights the key points to take away.

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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (21 February 2019)

Prison Officer Was Unfairly Dismissed After Revealing Sexuality

Forty-year-old Ben Plaistow was the victim of direct discrimination contrary to provisions of the Equality Act 2010, employment judge Michael Ord told the Cambridge Tribunal.

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How To Manage Workplace Relationships

With Valentine’s Day making February the month for romance, this month we take a look at some of the potential risks to employers when romance blossoms amongst employees and the steps that can be taken to address these.

Why Should An Employer Be Concerned About Its Employees Forming Romantic Relationships In The Workplace?

Romantic relationships between employees in the same organisation can expose the employer to a number of legal risks. These are most likely to arise when one employee is pursuing another to start a relationship or, even more so, when the relationship breaks down. The most obvious legal risks are as follows:

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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (24 January 2019)

Tribunal Awards NHS Manager £1m In Racial Discrimination Case

A former NHS trust manager who was unfairly dismissed and suffered racial discrimination has been awarded a reported £1 million by London South Employment Tribunal.

Richard Hastings, an IT manager at King’s College NHS Foundation Trust, was dismissed for gross misconduct in October 2015 after he was accused of assault following a dispute with a van driver in his workplace car park.

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3 Things We Learnt In Law This Week (20 December 2018)

Olympic Cyclist Jess Varnish Claims Sex Discrimination Against UK Sport and British Cycling

Jess Varnish is suing UK Sport and British Cycling for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination in a case which could transform the entire funding landscape of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

Varnish, who cycled alongside Victoria Pendleton at London 2012, was dropped from the British Cycling programme before the Rio Olympics in 2016.

She alleged bullying and discrimination, specifically that then technical director Shane Sutton said her bottom was “too big” to ride certain roles on the team and that she should go off and “have a baby”.

Varnish will challenge the employment status of athletes who are supported by grants from UK Sport, the national funding body.

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100 Years of Voting

Tuesday this week marked the 100th anniversary of some British women gaining the right to exercise their democratic right to vote in the UK. 

Whilst there is much to celebrate in terms of women’s progress in this country in the last century, sex discrimination in the workplace and beyond continues. The Fawcett Society has published a Sex Discrimination Law Review, which examines whether sex discrimination law in the UK is fit for purpose. The report serves as a timely reminder of what employers can do to avoid discrimination in the workplace. 

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How to Handle Staff Requests for Leave this Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching, employers will no doubt be considering a plethora of holiday requests from their employees. It is essential therefore that, to avoid any claims under the Equality Act 2010 or the Working Time Regulations 1998, employers should carefully consider whether their holiday policies are up to date.  

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Unpaid Compensation in Employment Tribunal Claims

Hitting the news last week was the fact that Lucy Ward, former Leeds United employee, had still not received the compensation awarded to her by the employment tribunal months ago.  At the time, we reported on her successful claim of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against the Club. 

Unfortunately, Ms Ward is part of a worrying statistic that a high proportion of claimants who are awarded compensation by the employment tribunal do not receive the money.  Less than half of all claimants receive their compensation in full, some receive only a small amount of the compensation awarded and over a third receiving absolutely nothing.  So, why does this happen?

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