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reporting of accidents etc. at work and elsewhere

In June 2010 the Prime Minister appointed Lord Young of Graffham to review health and safety laws and the growth of the compensation culture. Lord Young’s report “Common Sense Common Safety”, was published in October. One of the recommendations was that the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations should be amended to extend…

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sex discrimination – speculation can be taken into account

Even leading law firms can get it wrong. What do employers do if they have to make redundancies and one of the candidates has been absent on maternity leave? That gave rise to a dilemma for national solicitors’ firm Eversheds. They have lost a legal battle but it is possible that they will win the…

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Yet more on what constitutes a “philosophical belief” in the context of discrimination

I have written on numerous occasions about the sometimes odd and unexpected practical applications of the Religion and Belief Regulations (now incorporated within the Equality Act). This month has seen another and some would say rather tenuous interpretation of what constitutes a protected philosophical belief. Mr Devan Maistry worked for the BBC and presented complaints…

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CBI attacks Employment Tribunals and sets out compelling case for reform

The Government is currently carrying out a consultation on workplace dispute reforms and on Friday 15 April the CBI added its substantial contribution to the debate in the form of its report: “Settling the matter: Building a more effective and efficient tribunal system“. The report criticises the current “slow, legalistic and antagonistic” process so derided…

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Termination of employment status, or termination of employment contract, or both? A conundrum.

Strange as it might sound, it is possible for one’s status as an employee to end in circumstances that do not terminate one’s contract of employment. This was the thorny issue in Société Générale London Branch v Geys, decided by the Court of Appeal on 30 March 2011. In that case, it was crucial to…

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Hugely significant pensions case in Europe

As you have probably read in the mainstream press the European Court has ruled that different insurance premiums for women and men constitute sex discrimination and that they are not compatible with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (see EC Press Release of 1st March 2011: Sex Discrimination in Insurance Contracts). The European Court ruled…

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