The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

In an attempt to cut the burden of red tape on business, the government  has enacted the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.  The Act brings about a whole host of legislative changes across a broad spectrum of areas; nestled in amongst measures to introduce a Green Investment Bank and the creation of a new … Read more

Religious Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits, at Section 10, discrimination on the basis of a person’s religion or belief.  In general a person is prevented from discrimination if they have a clear structure and belief system.   Such a definition prevents spurious claims on the basis of pseudo religious practices.   The European Human Rights Commission … Read more

The Right to Choose Legal Representation

What is Legal Expenses Insurance? Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI), either purchased separately or included as an element within home insurance policies, should meet the legal costs of policyholders when they encounter difficulties which require the advice or representation of a lawyer. Restriction of the Right to Choose Legal Representation Often policyholders find that when they … Read more

Race and Sex Discrimination Case Against IPCC

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is facing legal action from a Barrister who has issued a claim to an Employment Tribunal for race and sex discrimination.  Natasha Sivanandan applied for a job in January as an investigator with the police watchdog but was not called in for interview, she subsequently discovered … Read more

Indirect Discrimination – Little v Richmond Pharmacology

The recent case of Little v Richmond Pharmacology confirms that indirect discrimination can, in certain circumstances, be ”cured” by an internal appeal process. The Facts Ms Little requested to return to work  flexibly after maternity leave, when her request was refused, she resigned claiming that her employer, a clinical research organisation (the Respondent), had acted … Read more

Fathers to Share Parental Leave

The government has published the final details of its proposals to allow fathers to share parental leave and statutory pay.  From April 2015, once a new mother has taken her compulsory two-weeks off to recover from the birth of her baby, the remaining 50 weeks may be split between both parents. The Present System Currently … Read more

Stuart v London City Airport

New guidance has emerged from the Court of Appeal in the case of Stuart v London City Airport concerning an employer’s duty to conduct investigations before dismissing staff in cases of alleged gross misconduct. Where misconduct is alleged the Burchell Test requires that at the time of dismissal the employer must have (a) believed the … Read more

Blacklisting of Construction Workers

Update on Blacklisting of Construction Workers The Background In March 2009 the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) raided the offices of the Consultation Association and seized files containing the names of over 3,000 blacklisted construction workers. The purpose of the blacklist was to allow construction companies to make enquiries about prospective employees. Founded by Sir Robert McAlpine … Read more