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Drawing the line between protected beliefs and discriminatory actions

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The Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned a Tribunal decision and found that ‘gender-critical beliefs’ are protected philosophical beliefs under the Equality Act 2010. In their judgement the EAT confirmed they were not expressing an opinion on the debate or changing any of the legal protections available to transgender people.

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Can workplace “banter” cost an employer over £6 million?

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

In the case of Sidhu v Exertis, the Employment Tribunal held that Mr Sidhu sustained racial bullying by his colleagues, that was dressed up as “banter”.

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The financial cost of workplace conflict- and how to reduce it

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Contributing authors: Alex Kuklenko

A recent report published by ACAS has estimated that employers across the UK are paying as much as £28.5 billion per year in order to deal with and resolve employee conflicts.

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Employment legal update #47

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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A menopause policy: a positive first step

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

According to ACAS, around two million women over the age of 50 have difficulties at work as a result of their menopause symptoms. Menopause can affect all of us indirectly at work, as colleagues or line managers, but it still remains a taboo subject, rarely discussed or even acknowledged in the workplace. There is also very little obvious support or protection available for women experiencing the sometimes debilitating symptoms of the menopause at work.

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Record compensation for disability discrimination and unfair dismissal

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A senior employee was awarded more than £2.5m after the Employment Tribunal decided that his employer conducted a ‘sham” investigation and “dressed up” issues as a breakdown of trust and confidence to dismiss the employee, who had been behaving erratically due to cancer.

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Post-Merger Integration: Employment and HR – marrying up the terms

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Contributing authors: Bharti Moore

Mergers and acquisitions are often described as a marriage, bringing two companies together. However, the post-merger integration process is often an afterthought, which can cause a derailment in the integration process leading to a failure to deliver the true deal.

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“Fire and rehire”: what you should be considering as a business

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Sometimes making changes to the structure of a business is necessary, particularly in financially testing times such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Employment costs, as the single biggest overhead for the majority of businesses, are taking the brunt of this financial strain.

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So whose copyright is it anyway?

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Contributing authors: Charlotte Kilcar

Intellectual property ownership

In a recent case, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court decided that the ownership of copyright in works relating to software developed by an employee largely from his home, in his own time, and using his own computer, belonged to the employer.

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I’ve overpaid an employee – what do I do now?

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For the most part, a company’s procedures and protocols will ensure that employees receive the sums they are owed, and are not under or over paid. However, it is more common than you may think for a company to inadvertently overpay an employee.

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Employment legal update #46

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Employment law update

Our Employment & HR team brings its monthly review of new legislation, guidance and case law.

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Monitoring staff at work and at home

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Contributing authors: Josh Craig and John Nevin

Banking and financial services businesses have for many years monitored the work patterns and behaviours their staff. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent seismic shift in working patterns, we are now seeing an increasing number of employers monitoring their staff in their own homes.

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