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NHS Trust Pays Price for Manager's Practical Joke on Stressed Employee

Horseplay in any working environment is laden with risk for employers and that is certainly true of practical jokes. An Employment Tribunal (ET) resoundingly made that point in awarding almost £10,000 in compensation to an NHS worker who fell victim to...

Policies Restricting Employee Social Media Usage Can Be Legally Fraught

Policies which seek to restrain employees' inappropriate use of social media may seem sensible but they can be fraught with legal difficulties and require careful drafting by a professional. In a case on point, a vehicle paint sprayer who was unfairly...

Equality and Diversity Training Needs Regular Refreshment to Be Effective

The provision of workplace equality and diversity training can afford employers a powerful defence in employment proceedings. As one case showed, however, such training is wont to become stale in employees' minds over time and is unlikely to be viewed as...

Racism on the Shop Floor - Employers Can Expect to Carry the Can

Some shop floors are rough and ready places where foul language abounds, but if a worker makes a racist or other discriminatory comment it is likely to be the employer who ends up carrying the legal can. An Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling underlined the...

Severe Menopausal Symptoms Can Amount to a Disability, ET Rules

The word 'disability' may summon images of people suffering from grave physical incapacity but, in employment law terms, it has a much broader meaning than that. In an employment case on point, a woman who was suffering from the ill effects of the menopause...

Employer Brought to Book for Maternity/Pregnancy Discrimination

Employers who are found to have discriminated on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity will swiftly be brought to book. That was certainly so in the case of a tanning salon worker who learnt that she was being made redundant out of the blue on the very day...

Whistleblowing - Not Every Disclosure Deserves Protection

In order to qualify for legal protection, whistleblowers must genuinely believe that the disclosures they make to their employers are justified and in the public interest. The Court of Appeal underlined the point in a case concerning a banker who was sacked...

Financier's 'Utility Token' Golden Hello Triggers Employment Test Case

Online trading in a wide range of cryptocurrencies, tokens and vouchers has taken off in the past few years and the law faces a stiff challenge in keeping up with such developments. An employment case on point concerned a financier who was promised 10,000...

Low-Paid Workers' Union Triumphs in COVID-19 Health and Safety Test Case

Many low-paid workers who have an essential role in keeping the nation moving are at particularly high risk from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a ground-breaking decision, the High Court came to their aid in ruling that the Government is obliged under European...

Succession Planning Good, Age Discrimination Bad - EAT Ruling

Any organisation that does not have an effective system of succession planning in place must face an uncertain future. As a ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) underlined, however, it is all too easy for such arrangements to be infected...
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