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TUPE transfers: employer's liability for discrimination does not transfer with perpetrator

Friday, 09 February 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently found that liability for discrimination claims does not transfer under TUPE in cases where the perpetrator's employment transfers, but the claimant's does not.

TUPE transfers: employer's liability for discrimination does not transfer with perpetrator

Articles & Blogs Employment

Age discrimination claim fails despite unfair change to Long Term Incentive Plan

Friday, 09 February 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered a case where a parent company made changes to a Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) which excluded former employees who had already retired.

Age discrimination claim fails despite unfair change to Long Term Incentive Plan

Articles & Blogs Employment

Government launches consultation on re-introducing Employment Tribunal fees

Friday, 09 February 2024

The Government has launched a consultation on a proposal to introduce a fee of £55 for all Employment Tribunal claims and appeals.

Government launches consultation on re-introducing Employment Tribunal fees

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs

Top 10 tips for effective complex complaints handling in schools

Thursday, 08 February 2024

Since the pandemic, many schools and academy trusts have seen an exponential growth in parental complaints which can be complex and protracted in nature. In response to this, we present our Top 10 Tips for handling parental complaints.

Top 10 tips for effective complex complaints handling in schools

Articles & Blogs Higher Education

Family-friendly rights - Employment law update for higher education institutions

Wednesday, 07 February 2024

As we step into 2024, universities are gearing up for new family-friendly rights that are set to come into force over the next few months. These changes aim to create a more supportive and inclusive workplace for employees with family responsibilities.

Family-friendly rights - Employment law update for higher education institutions

Articles & Blogs Employment

Job applicant with stammer did not suffer discrimination during recruitment process

Thursday, 01 February 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found in favour of an employer accused of disability discrimination during a recruitment exercise.

Job applicant with stammer did not suffer discrimination during recruitment process

Articles & Blogs Employment

Gender critical university professor was discriminated against for her views

Thursday, 01 February 2024

In a first instance decision, the Employment Tribunal has upheld a claim for discrimination, harassment and victimisation relating to an employee's protected gender critical beliefs.

Gender critical university professor was discriminated against for her views

Articles & Blogs Employment

External job applicant blocked from bringing whistleblowing claim

Thursday, 01 February 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has found that an external job applicant was not a 'worker' for the purposes of whistleblowing protection. This meant the Tribunal had no jurisdiction to hear her claim.

External job applicant blocked from bringing whistleblowing claim

Articles & Blogs Employment Independent Schools

Employment law changes ahead

Thursday, 01 February 2024

As the new year gets underway, we have looked at some of the key employment law developments anticipated in 2024.

Employment law changes ahead

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

The Protect Duty - are you prepared?

Thursday, 01 February 2024

The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, or so called Protect Duty, was mentioned by King Charles III in his 2023 King's Speech, meaning that it is on the Government's to-do list for the next session.

The Protect Duty - are you prepared?

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Gender Questioning Guidance - what does this mean for schools?

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Following the publication of the long awaited DfE guidance on 19 December 2023, we consider what the guidance says and what this means for schools supporting gender questioning children.

Gender Questioning Guidance - what does this mean for schools?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Employment Appeal Tribunal finds individual working through service company was not a worker

Friday, 26 January 2024

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that an individual working through a service company was neither an employee, nor a worker, in employment law.

Employment Appeal Tribunal finds individual working through service company was not a worker

Articles & Blogs Employment

Employee awarded £470,000 in compensation following dismissal for using offensive language

Friday, 26 January 2024

The Employment Tribunal has awarded compensation to an employee who was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against due to circumstances arising from his disability.

Employee awarded £470,000 in compensation following dismissal for using offensive language

Articles & Blogs Employment

EHRC responds to Government consultation on using agency staff to cover industrial action

Friday, 26 January 2024

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has responded to the Government's consultation on hiring agency staff during industrial action. The response highlights concerns about the impact of the proposal.

EHRC responds to Government consultation on using agency staff to cover industrial action