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Employment status of a hairdresser

In a decision that will no doubt be of interest to many apparently self-employed hairdressers, Employment Judge Marion Batten, sitting in the Manchester Employment Tribunals, has held on determination of a preliminary issue that a qualified hairdresser who was working under what was described as an Independent Contract for Services, was in fact an employee…

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Furlough update

Significant changes to the Government’s furlough scheme are due to come into effect on 1 July and cover the period until it closes on 31 October. Flexible furlough Flexible furloughing is available from 1 July. It is open to staff who had been furloughed on or before 30 June. In practice that means that the…

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Law Commission report on employment tribunals reform

The Law Commission has published its report into Employment Law Hearing Structures and made some significant and, in my view very sensible proposals. The report runs to 212 pages so I’ll just highlight a few of the key points, which I think would be welcomed by employment law practitioners and tribunal users alike. Time limits…

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Is length of service a relevant consideration for wrongful dismissal?

In East Coast Main Line Company Limited v Mr J Cameron the questions considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal were whether the judgment of the Employment Tribunal, based on the facts, was perverse, and whether the Tribunal should have taken into account Mr Cameron’s long service when considering his claim for wrongful dismissal. Mr Cameron…

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£4.7 million award for disability discrimination

A former NatWest bank employee has been awarded a record £4.7 million for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination, with the award recently confirmed in the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The claimant, known in the tribunal proceedings as “AB” worked for NatWest (subsequently Royal Bank of Scotland plc) from 2008 until her resignation in 2014. In August…

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The time of choosing the ‘least worst option’…

Like all Employment Law Solicitors, and like a very large number of employees and business owners alike, I’m royally fed up of the word ‘furlough’. A few weeks ago, it was a word I barely used and had to concentrate to spell. Nowadays, I can touch type it to perfection after typing it at least…

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Coronavirus – The next 4 weeks…

Crikey! The world is changing before our eyes. Only a few weeks ago, a typical commute to work on the train was an environment full of people in various states of boredom, tiredness or, alternatively, being noticeably transfixed with their phones or Kindles. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, it is a place…

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Coronavirus – More questions than answers…

I’ve not written much about coronavirus previously because, frankly, whilst my blogs tend to be topical, it felt overly opportunistic. However, in the last 7 days, the number of calls and emails I’ve received from concerned employers and, in recent days, from employers with fears of members of staff displaying potential symptoms, has sky-rocketed. Overall,…

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The power of interpretation: The Bible versus Employer Handbooks

One of my closest friends, and ongoing victim of my slight obsession with Parkrun, is currently involved in planning events at Liverpool John Moores University’s Christian Union.  Naturally, within recent weeks, this has led to many discussions about the Bible within our shared early morning car journeys to the aftermentioned Parkruns. Most of the discussions…

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