cases proving costly to the public purse

On 22 July news emerged via BBC Newsnight that Haringey Council accounts show that a payment of £679,452 was made to Sharon Shoesmith. 1) Haringey council accounts are out showing £679,452 settlement w Sharon Shoesmith, first revealed in Oct on #newsnight with @jakemorristw — Allegra Stratton (@BBCAllegra) July 22, 2014 The breakdown reveals salary and…

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crackdown on bankers? is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

On 30 July and amid much fanfare the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority announced what is to be “the strictest industry regulation in the world” with a wide range of civil and criminal sanctions available to be applied against defaulting bank employees. Headlines included a new criminal charge of “reckless mismanagement” which could lead…

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is obesity a disability?

Under the Equality Act 2010 disability is a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on one’s ability to carry out normal daily activities. According to government guidance “Substantial” is more than minor or trivial – e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task…

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the mental processes of decision influencers that can lead to age discrimination

In Reynolds v CLFIS (UK) Limited Mr Justice Singh, sitting in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, considered the motivations of individuals, conscious or subconscious, that can lead to discrimination. Dr Reynolds OBE was employed by Canada Life from 1968 to 1992 as a doctor and insurance expert and, latterly, as the Company’s chief medical officer. In 1992…

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golf club shenanigans can prove to be expensive – a very British scandal

Golf club chit chat and generally bad behaviour has frequently resulted in employment tribunal claims. It has often been the case that sometimes well meaning but misguided committee members have caused a great deal of trouble by failing to apply correct employment practices. Cases include Gorleston Golf Club, Nizels Golf Club and Irvine Ravenspark Golf Club, plus…

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