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Category: Employment

Volunteers are not protected by anti-discrimination law

Volunteers are not protected by anti-discrimination law

That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case of a volunteer who worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).  When the CAB told her it no longer wanted her services, she claimed it was discriminating against her because of her disability. However, the Court of Appeal held that an unpaid volunteer…

Dismissal of nurse for lewd remark was unfair

Dismissal of nurse for lewd remark was unfair

The court heard that the nurse made a sexual comment while helping to restrain a patient. A complaint was made six weeks later and she was summarily dismissed by her NHS Trust. An employment tribunal held that although the comment could be described as lewd, most people would consider it merely humorous. It held that…

Government confirms scrapping of Default Retirement Age

Government confirms scrapping of Default Retirement Age

Under the current system, employers can oblige staff to retire at 65 regardless of their circumstances. Ministers have decided the rules must change because people are living longer, more active lives and should have more choice over when they stop working. The DRA will be phased out between 6th April and 1st October this year….

Television presenter wins ageism case against BBC

Television presenter wins ageism case against BBC

Miriam O’Reilly, one of the former hosts of the TV show Countryfile, has won her claim of age discrimination against the BBC. Ms O’Reilly lost her job in 2008 when Countryfile was moved to a primetime slot. The BBC replaced her with younger presenters. Ms O’Reilly took the case to an employment tribunal. She won…

It’s Snow Joke!

It’s Snow Joke!

We are currently in the midst of one of the harshest winters on record with more snow forecast.  This will inevitably raise a variety of issues in the workplace for employers to deal with.  It is important for employers to maintain consistency and fairness in their dealings with staff.  Failure to do so may expose…

A BIG ‘NO’ FROM SIMON COWELL AND THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

A BIG ‘NO’ FROM SIMON COWELL AND THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

Miss Czikai, who suffers from fibromyalgia (a condition which causes widespread pain and fatigue), appeared on the ITV show in 2009 in a bid to win the £100,000 prize money and a place on the Royal Variety Performance. However, following her failed audition she declared that the reason for her poor rendition of Westlife’s ‘You…

Rogue employers to be named and shamed

Rogue employers to be named and shamed

Employers are to be named and shamed if they deliberately flout minimum wage laws. Starting from 1st January next year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will publicise cases involving employers who break the rules. The rogue firms will then be given three months to “put their house in order” before further action…

Government confirms October start date for Equality Act

Government confirms October start date for Equality Act

The Government has confirmed that the Equality Act will start to come into effect in October. The Act, which brings together nine separate pieces of legislation under one umbrella, was introduced by the previous Labour administration. There was some speculation that the new coalition was not committed to the Act but the Government Equalities Office…