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10th August 2017

Disciplinary action against an individual for voicing religious views in the workplace did not amount to discrimination

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled it did not constitute religious discrimination when a Disciplinary Policy was applied to a Pentecostal Christian, for quoting a passage from the Bible condemning homosexuality and speaking of repentance during a prison church service. Tessa Robinson from RB’s Employment Team considers this decision further. Read more

10th August 2017

Employer’s Question: Sick pay and medical evidence from outside the UK

One of our marketing assistants fell sick while on holiday in Spain. She has provided us with a doctor’s certificate issued from the hospital in Spain, in Spanish, stating she is unable to work for the next 6 weeks. Are we obliged to accept this as medical evidence for the purposes of paying sick pay? Read more

9th August 2017

Post termination restriction invalid because of hypothetical scenario

The Court of Appeal has decided that a non-compete restriction in a contract was void because it did not contain a provision allowing the employee to have a minority shareholding in a competing business after termination, even though the employee had no intention of holding any shares. Will Walsh from RB’s Employment Team explains this decision further. Read more

27th July 2017

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Employment Tribunal fee system, introduced in 2013, is unlawful and that with immediate effect individuals will no longer have to pay issue or hearing fees to bring a claim in the tribunals. Tony Hyams-Parish, Partner and Head of Employment at RB, explains the impact that this ruling will have on employers. Read more

19th July 2017

The Taylor Review: Change is on the horizon

Last week the long awaited review led by Matthew Taylor into Employment Practices in the Modern Economy was published. The review focussed on three challenges: 1) tackling exploitation and the potential for exploitation at work; 2) increasing clarity in the law and helping people know and exercise their rights; and 3) aligning the law with the UK’s industrial strategy. Tessa Robinson from RB’s employment team looks at the key recommendations set out in the report. Read more

19th July 2017

Employer’s Question: Post termination restrictions

Our new sales rep cannot carry out his role because of post-termination restrictions in place with his former employer. We didn’t know about them before he joined. Can we terminate his employment immediately on grounds that he can’t perform his side of the contract? Read more

19th July 2017

Holiday Pay: Right to paid holiday carries over indefinitely until a worker has the opportunity to take it

The Advocate General has given the opinion that a right to untaken paid annual leave will carry over indefinitely until the worker has the opportunity to take it. Will Walsh from RB’s Employment Team considers this further. Read more