The Department for Work and Pensions has published a paper setting out proposed increases to statutory payments which will apply from April 2020. Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Maternity Allowance will all increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week
26 January 2020
In Forstater v CGD, F claimed she had been subjected to direct discrimination when CGD allegedly refused to continue with her consultancy agreement because of her “gender critical” opinions which she argued constituted a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
24 January 2020
An ET has held that the work done by Jeremy Vine on Points of View and Samira Ahmed on Newswatch was ‘like work’ i.e. work that is the same or broadly similar. Claire Darwin of Matrix Chambers represented Samira Ahmed, who report that the ET held that the differences between the two programmes were minor differences and had no impact on the work that the two presenters did, or the skills and experience required to present the programmes
22 January 2020
The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission recommendation that the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) hourly rates should increase in April 2020 as follows: (a) the NLW increases from £8.21 to £8.72 for workers aged 25 and over;
16 January 2020
In Jagex Ltd v McCambridge, M was summarily dismissed after finding a document that had been left on the communal printer which contained the salary of a senior employee and telling a few colleagues about it. Although M was not responsible for any wider dissemination of the information, it was embarrassing for the employer when the level of the executive's pay became more generally known in the office. The EAT agreed with the ET that M’s dismissal was unfair
13 January 2020
An employment tribunal has decided in a case brought by Jordi Casamitjana against the League Against Cruel Sports, that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so qualifies as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
11 January 2020
The ICO has drafted guidance which explains in detail the rights that individuals have to access their personal data (data subject access requests) and the obligations on controllers. The draft guidance also explores the special rules involving certain categories of personal data
26 December 2019
In Stuart Delivery Ltd v Augustine, the EAT held that an ET had not made an error in deciding that when ‘A’, a delivery courier, was undertaking fixed hours slots, he was a ‘worker’ and not an independent contractor in business on his own account as argued by SD Ltd. During the slot
17 December 2019
In Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd, an ET struck out I’s claim of detriment because of whistleblowing after he had disclosed that he had been the subject of false rumours and been treated badly by a colleague. The ET decided the disclosures were not made in the public interest but made with a view to I clearing his name. But the Court of Appeal found the ET had erred in its approach.
8 December 2019
The Court of Appeal held that there could be certain situations where, if a manager had manipulated the facts, and the dismissing officer was unaware, that motivation could be attributed to the employer, thereby making the reason for dismissal whistleblowing and automatically unfair. However, in the specific circumstances of this case the ET was only obliged to consider the mental processes of the employer’s authorised decision-maker.
5 December 2019