Employment e-news

BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd vs. Konczak

Napthens - August 24th 2017
Can a single comment lead to a successful disability discrimination claim? Yes, according to the Court of Appeal in BAE Systems (Operations) LTD vs. Konczak. Ms Konczak, worked for BAE between 1998 and 23rd July 2007, when she was dismissed. She was employed within the liaison team working alongside the Royal Saudi Air Force, after a change in personnel; she claimed that she was subject to bullying and harassment.
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Case Law: Gascoigne vs. Addison Lee

Napthens - August 24th 2017
In another ruling about the status of independent contractors in the so called “gig economy”, a cycle courier was found to be a worker. This follows on from similar findings in the cases brought against Uber, City Sprint and others. Mr Gascoigne worked as a cycle courier for Addison Lee from 2008 to 2017, upon leaving Addison Lee he made a claim for unpaid holidays.
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Government suspends back-pay action against social care charities

Napthens - August 24th 2017
Following three employment tribunal cases in 2015, 2016 and most recently in April this year. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that care workers should be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW), for “sleep-ins”. This comes after the BEIS originally recommended paying care workers, a reduced pay of at least £25, per sleep in shift. Although in October 2016, this guidance changed to paying NMW, during the same time period.
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GDPR Overview

Napthens - August 17th 2017
By way of a high level overview the GDPR will focus on whether organisations are practically compliant and the rights and obligations it presents.
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12 steps to GDPR

Napthens - August 17th 2017
We recommend you assess your business under the ICO’s “Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): 12 steps to take now.” Read more from employment partner, Kimberley St. Vall who has summarised the ICO's 12 steps and commented on them.
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30th July is World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Napthens - July 27th 2017
According to the International Labour Organisation, it is understood that approximately 21 million people are victims of modern day slavery, including men, women and children across the globe. As you may be aware, human trafficking can take various forms, including the transfer, harbouring, transportation and recruitment of persons for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation. Every country is affected by trafficking and therefore it is paramount that globally people come together to stand up against this.
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