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controversial recruitment practice at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has caused a furore by banning white people from applying for a traineeship because it wants to boost staff diversity. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the two-year training opportunity is only open to people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds because the “normal recruitment process was not rectifying” under-representation.…

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sexist behaviour could end up costing Sussex Police £575,000

[picappgallerysingle id=”8528013″ align=”left”] Firearms officer Barbara Lynford was awarded £275,000 by an employment tribunal in 2007 after she was subjected to sexist behaviour when working in a team based at Gatwick Airport. She was the only woman in the 18-strong unit and staff left images of topless women lying around and made comments about Ms…

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unfair dismissal and misconduct

A couple of recent unfair dismissal cases have thrown new light on unfair dismissal law. The first shows that an employer has a wide discretion as to whether to postpone internal disciplinary proceedings when there is an ongoing police investigation into the same allegations. A prison officer (a Mr Mansfield) was accused of orchestrating violence…

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proposed cuts in civil servants’ redundancy pay ruled unlawful

Crown and civil servants are not eligible for statutory redundancy pay. However under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSPS) they generally have equivalent or better rights. In early 2010, after consultation, the government and five of the six public sector unions (FDA, Prospect, GMB, Unite and the Prison Officers Association) came to agreement on amendments…

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the coalition government and employment law

Our newsletter last month outlined employment law related proposals in the General Election manifestos of each of the three main political parties. Now of course these have no direct relevance. Instead the new Coalition Government Agreement states that there will be a review of “employment and workplace laws, for employers and employees, to ensure they…

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Sky alleged to have sacked women editors to save maternity pay

[picappgallerysingle id=”9121043″ align=”left”] Digital broadcaster BSkyB is currently defending an employment tribunal claim in Croydon in which it is alleged that staff were dismissed as part of a restructuring exercise because they were the only part-time workers of child-bearing age in their department. Natalie Stone and Victoria Waterson have brought claims alleging sex discrimination, discrimination…

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