right to request flexible working extended to most employees

Most employers are familiar with the procedure to be applied when dealing with flexible working applications which have been around, on a legislative basis, since 2003. Initially the right to request flexible was confined to the parents of children under six or of disabled children under 18. In 2007 the right was extended to carers of adults…

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“keep music live” – unless you’re producing War Horse

In Ashworth and Others v The Royal National Theatre the question for Mr Justice Cranston (sitting in the High Court) was whether to grant an injunction pending trial requiring the Theatre to continue employing musicians, notwithstanding that part of the music for the show has always been recorded and the Theatre wanted to move to…

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the unrepresented claimant who knew too much

Employment tribunals, being creatures of statute, have had an unhappy history when it comes to considering time limits and balancing adherence to them with general principles of fairness. As all those with experience of unfair dismissal claims will know, there is a strict time limit of three months for commencement of proceedings. The time limit…

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can there be a finding of contributory fault following a constructive dismissal?

In Frith Accountants Limited v Mrs J Law the relatively narrow questions for the Employment Appeal Tribunal were whether someone who has been constructively dismissed can be held to have contributed to that dismissal, whether the basic award should have been adjusted to take into account the employee’s conduct and whether the assessment at 40%…

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why do politicians “do God” and how does a “Christian UK” sit with employment law?

A great deal of hot air has been generated as a result of David Cameron’s decision to play up his faith in the Church of England. His article suggests a warm beer and village greens approach to his Christianity – “…I appreciate its liturgy, and the architecture and cultural heritage of its churches. My parents…

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