19 July 2017

Judge’s handwritten notes disclosed in response to a Data Subject Access Request

11:28am

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has disclosed the handwritten notes made by a judge during legal proceedings for the first time. The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) permits individuals to obtain certain data which relates to them, this can include emails, handwritten notes, personnel files etc.  In this case, a claimant by the name of…
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18 July 2017

Draft Disability Law could change a Single Step to a Ramp

9:00am

The difficulties which wheelchair users face in our country is well reported.  8 years ago David Prosser, writing in The Independent (after he was told that he would be temporarily in a wheelchair following a cycling accident), described the many disadvantages which wheelchair users face: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/going-nowhere-my-life-in-a-wheelchair-1761724.html Access to public buildings has been considerably improved as…
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17 July 2017

Whistleblowing disclosure serving personal interests of the worker who made it may still be ‘qualifying disclosure’

9:00am

In Chesterton Global Ltd & Anor v Nurmohamed & Anor (Rev 1) [2017] EWCA Civ 979 the Court of Appeal has confirmed that a whistleblowing disclosure that serves the personal interests of the worker who made it may still meet the requirement that a ‘qualifying disclosure’ is made ‘in the public interest’. Chestertons introduced a…
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14 July 2017

What’s in a name?

9:00am

A friend of mine at primary school insisted on referring to me as Pretty Pyjamas, because she simply couldn’t get her head around the correct spelling of my name.  Apparently, she’s not alone. Over the last 40-something years, I’ve seen my name spelt in a variety of interesting ways: Pretty, Preeti, Priya. Even the autocorrect…
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13 July 2017

The impact of stigma on future loss

4:05pm

A significant aspect of compensation for a Claimant who is pursuing a claim for dismissal is their claim for future loss.  When considering an award for future loss, a tribunal would need to consider various factors including how long it would take the Claimant secure alternative work, income and benefits. Employees who have been dismissed…
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11 July 2017

What does the law say about wearing religious clothing at work?

3:05pm

This article was first published in People Management: http://www2.cipd.co.uk/pm/peoplemanagement/b/weblog/archive/2017/07/04/what-does-the-law-say-about-wearing-religious-clothing-at-work.aspx A Muslim estate agent is taking her employer to employment tribunal after reportedly being told by her manager to remove her black headscarf because the supposed “terrorist affiliations” with its colour would make customers “feel intimidated and scared”. The preliminary hearing on this case is due to be…
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7 July 2017

Government urged to intervene to prevent ‘poverty pay’ in gig economy

1:35pm

A new report by Frank Field, former chair of the work and pensions committee, calls for “emergency intervention” by the government to address issues faced by the millions now working in the gig economy The Guardian has reported. The report again highlights some of the seemingly unscrupulous practices utilised by employers to minimise their own…
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7 July 2017

Court of Appeal resolves uncertainty regarding uplift on injury to feelings awards

10:36am

The Court of Appeal in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039, held that the level of damages in certain types of claims should be increased by 10% after 1 April 2013, to reflect the fact that claimants would no longer be able to recover success fees and after the event insurance premiums from Respondents…
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