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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

8th August 2017

Developer’s Question: Rights of Way and Intensification of User

I am looking at a site which I want to develop. There is a right of way over an access road to the rear which says: ‘a right of way over Kings Road either on foot or on horseback either with or without waggons carts and carriages’ Would the plot buyers be able to use this access way with their cars and vans? 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