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Dismissed for saying that men are men and women are women

As I mentioned in the introduction to last month’s newsletter, the end of 2019 brought with it the most-talked about employment case of the year, even though it was a tribunal decision rather than coming from one of the higher courts, and is therefore not binding on other tribunals. Those (like me) who follow current…

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IR35 – Government creates confusion over payroll taxation from April 2020 onwards…

IR35. If you know what the code refers to, you’re probably stifling a little groan. If you don’t, then I have the narrative role of explaining that IR35 legislation seeks to allow HMRC to demand that individuals who are ’employees in all but name’ as treated as if they are an employee (rather than self-employed)…

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The Italian Job – How driving an Alfa Romeo relates to Settlement Agreements

I’ve recently returned from a New Year’s break driving an Alfa Romeo around Lake Como. Before that sounds too glamorous, let’s dial it back a bit and state that, firstly, we were in a small (but cute) apartment in a secluded spot next to the lake and, secondly, that we were upgraded for free three…

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Costa Rica or bust – Lengthy periods of annual leave

A close friend is travelling to Costa Rica for nearly 3 weeks in the near future. Fortunately for him, his employer is very flexible in relation to lengthy periods of annual leave, so he can concentrate on more important matters, which include putting together a lengthy recommended inventory (containing over 50 items!) and receiving a…

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Former chambermaid wins unfair dismissal claim after being sacked for having ‘dementia or Alzheimers’

Wendy Boyle was employed by the Respondent Steve Brundle, a Director of North Norfolk Ltd who are owners of the Dormy House Hotel, West Runton.  Mrs Boyle was employed from September 2015 – February 2018, seemingly without issue, until Mr Brundle dismissed her stating that he had no further need for a chambermaid as he…

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Does disclosing a senior employee’s salary amount to gross misconduct?

No matter how much employers might wish that it was not the case, even if they are meant to be confidential and not part of a published pay scale, employees tend to find out what other employees are earning. If there are discrepancies, real or perceived, this can lead to friction. If there is a…

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No Claus for alarm – Santa’s Employment Law issues!

Christmas is here! Why do I say that? Well, partly because I watched Elf last night (and if you’re a big Elf fan, I recommend my blog on Buddy the Elf here) and, also, because I’ve got tickets to visit Friends Fest in London and Love Actually at the cinema within the next week –…

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Claustrophobia – Would Santa Claus be a good employee?

Wow! This is the big one. In my time, I’ve done a few different employment law blogs about whether (mostly fictional) characters would be good employees or not but, in tackling Santa Claus, I’m risking entry onto the Naughty List and a severe reduction in the quality of this year’s presents (we’re talking bland socks…

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Employment Law Snippet – No. 8 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Hello and welcome to our eighth Employment Law Snippet article. As usual, this article aims to explore and discuss how a quirky topic might affect employees and employers alike. This week we will be looking at Christmas!! Now, let’s get some brief, festive-related confessions out of the way. Amongst other things, I’m guilty of the…

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Slave labour? Fashion brand reported for offering unpaid internships

Samantha Cameron’s popular fashion brand Cefinn, has recently been reported to minimum wage officials following the publication of an advertisement for an unpaid internship. The advertisement stated that Cefinn was searching for a PR and marketing intern to carry out market research, sample management and production assistance over a 3 month period.  Although the advertisement…

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Christian doctor David Mackereth loses trans beliefs case

You may recall my post back in July of this year, detailing the case of Christian doctor David Mackereth, and his claims that his contract had been terminated due to his refusal to use transgender pronouns. By way of a very brief summary, when starting a new role as a contract worker at the DWP…

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The risks of writing honestly – a Karl Ove Knausgard-based perspective

I’ve recently started re-reading one of my all-time favourite books, A Man in Love (My Struggle Book 2) by Karl Ove Knausgard. It may sound like a romantic book but, in fact, it is brutal. No other word can reflect and sum up this book in its lengthy entirety: brutal. Basically, the book acts as…

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