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STOP PRESS - TRIBUNAL FEES RULED UNLAWFUL!

Tamsin James
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It feels like it is time for some good news! In 2013, the Government introduced Tribunal fees for individuals bringing claims (but not for employers defending them).  At over £1,000 for most claims, it was unaffordable for many individuals (also...

Protection for parents of children with disabilities - and adjustments for Aspergers

Tamsin James
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Two recent cases made me reflect on how our work championing children with special educational needs (and supporting their parents) intertwines with our employment practice - challenging discrimination at work. In Northern Ireland, the mother of a...

Plumbers and politics: still searching for the Philosopher's stone on employment status

Tamsin James
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Since the decision in Uber, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an argument by Pimlico Plumbers that the relationship between them and their plumbers was a “business model” and found the plumber in question (Mr Smith) to be a “worker” and thus entitled to paid holiday, sick pay and the National Minimum Wage

8 March - International Women's Day

Tamsin James
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Today is International Women’s Day: an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The theme for 2017 is ‘Be Bold for Change’ .  Some of the predictions and statistics around the...

Is your Uber driver working for himself - or for Uber?

Tamsin James
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You may well have heard news report over the weekend to the effect that the 40,000 or so UK Uber drivers are now, in fact, “employees”.  Not quite – but nearly. My experience of listening to news reports on issues that I know about...

Travelling time is 'Working Time' rules the European Court of Justice

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Travelling Time – the time spent travelling to and from a first and last appointment by workers without a fixed office is to be regarded as “working time” the European Court of Justice has ruled. This time has not previously been...

Employment news from the first month of the new Government

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Fees for bringing an Employment Tribunal claim are here to stay The Coalition Government introduced fees for submitting claims to the Employment Tribunal in July 2013. The total cost of bringing an employment tribunal is now either £390 (for simple...

Overtime and holiday pay...unravelled

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Holiday pay has been in the headlines this week. Reports have stated that 1 in 6 workers or “millions of employees” can now claim extra holiday pay. This is an exaggeration of the actual position, which is a little more complicated, as Tamsin...