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Emily Yeardley

Holiday Pay is King!

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down a landmark decision in King v The Sash Windows Workshop Limited C-214/16 relating to holiday pay which is bound to send a shiver down employers’ spines. What are the facts? Mr King...

Workers' Rights

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What’s the big deal? A worker’s employment status is relevant to the question of their employment rights. These differ depending on whether you are a worker, employee or self-employed. Worker...

Applications open for Employment Tribunal Fees Refunds

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Update: Following our previous report of 24 th October 2017, which can be found here , the initial trial period for the refund of Employment Tribunals fees refunds has now ended. The refund scheme is now open to everyone to apply if...

Coffee chain criticised over staff badge saying, I am new, kiss me.

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Coffee chain Pret a Manger has faced heavy criticism across the media this week after an employee was spotted wearing a badge which said “I am new, kiss me”. Pret a Manger has stated that they “definitely don’t ask our employees to...

Entire workforce made redundant

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Sydney Hardy, Managing Director of Nippy Bus, dismissed his entire workforce by memo stating “ I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer ”. He advised the staff that they should not turn up...

Invitation to host webinar on stress in the workplace

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Emily Yeardley, Associate Employment Solicitor at BakerLaw LLP, has been invited to host a webinar for the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) on 11th December 2017. The webinar is open to SOM members, please contact ...

Requirement to pass annual fitness test not discriminatory

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The Employment Tribunal has recently heard a case ( Mrs R Tiffin –v- Chief Constable of Surrey ) brought by a police officer who resigned having repeatedly failed a fitness test. Ms Tiffin stated she had an underactive thyroid gland which was the cause...

Update: Tribunal Fees Refunds

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Following the recent ruling that Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful the Government has now announced its fees refund scheme. In addition to refunding all fees paid, 0.5% interest will be paid to claimants calculated from the date of the original payment...

Parental Bereavement Leave

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A new bill has been published to introduce parental bereavement leave. The Current Position Under current legislation an employer has no obligation to allow parents paid time off to grieve if they have lost a child under the...

World Mental Health Day 2017

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Mental health issues can affect anyone, any day of the year, but today marks World Mental Health Day, a day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.” ACAS has estimated the cost of mental ill...

Choose your words carefully

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The recent Employment Tribunal case of Ms C Gomes v Henworth Ltd t/a Winkworth Estate Agents and Mr G Gold demonstrates the importance of thinking before you speak and choosing your words carefully to avoid the risk of discrimination claims. In this case Ms...