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Newsletter – Vetting and Barring Scheme halted

The government has announced that it is re-thinking the Vetting and Barring Scheme, saying that it “…. recognises that many businesses, community groups and individuals see the current scheme as disproportionate and overly burdensome, and that it unduly infringes on civil liberties“. The scheme was introduced in England and Wales under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups…

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all Ismaili arbitration panel unlawful under Religion or Belief Regulations

Although not at first glance an employment law matter, the recent Court of Appeal decision in Jivraj -v- Hashwani is an interesting example of the application of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. The parties entered into a commercial contract which included an arbitration clause requiring arbitrators to come from a certain religious…

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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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