Striking the Right Balance – Contact for Infants in Care

Striking the Right Balance – Contact for Infants in Care Removing a child from the care of their birth parents is a drastic measure that can be very traumatic, perhaps even more so when the child is a new-born baby. This was acknowledged by Munby J (as he then was) in Re K [2008] EWHC […]

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Reversal of the Burden of Proof in Discrimination Claims

Reversal of the Burden of Proof in Discrimination Claims   Section 136 of the EqA reads as follows:   (1) This section applies to any proceedings relating to a contravention of this Act. (2) If there are facts from which the Court could decide, in the absence of any other explanation, that a person (A) […]

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Working Time Regulations Detriment/Dismissal

  Working Time Regulations Detriment/Dismissal   Part V Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) covers situations where a worker is protected from suffering a detriment in employment. The right not to be unfairly dismissed (employees only) is found in Part X. S45A ERA states as follows: 45A. Working time cases. (1). A worker has the right […]

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Early Conciliation Number & Claim Form Information

Early Conciliation Number & Claim Form Information   Rejection: form not used or failure to supply minimum information   10 (1)     The Tribunal shall reject a claim if— … (c)     it does not contain one of the following—   (i)     an early conciliation number; … (2)     The form shall be returned to the claimant with […]

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Interpretation of permissions under section 73 of the T&CPA 1990

SECTION 73 OF THE 1990 ACT LONDON BOROUGH OF LAMBETH   V   SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HOUSING, COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND OTHERS [2019] UKSC 33 3rd July 2019 The Supreme Court has reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal in this matter and decided that on a proper approach to the interpretation of a […]

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 Justification in Age Discrimination

 Justification in Age Discrimination   It is well understood by employment law practitioners that cost alone cannot amount to justification of indirect discrimination (Woodcock v Cumbria Primary Care Trust [2012] EWCA Civ 330). This has led to the development of so-called ‘cost+’ justification arguments. An example of cost + justification is where an organisation seeks […]

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Non-Disclosure Agreements

Non-Disclosure Agreements   The Women and Equalities Committee have been undertaking an inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases. The Committee reported on 5th June 2019 and there is a link to the full report at the end of this blog post. In the report, MPs condemned the routine cover-up of allegations […]

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Holiday Pay & Voluntary Overtime

Holiday Pay & Voluntary Overtime   Article 7 of the Working Time Directive states as follows:   Annual leave   Member States shall take the measures necessary to ensure that every worker is entitled to paid annual leave of at least four weeks in accordance with the conditions for entitlement to, and granting of, such […]

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Payment for Shared Parental Leave & Maternity Leave

Payment for Shared Parental Leave & Maternity Leave Is it unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex – whether direct, indirect, or because the operation of the sex equality clause implied into all terms of work by the Equality Act 2010 (“the EA”) – for men to be paid less on shared parental leave than […]

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