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Employment

Employment

Non-Disclosure Agreements; interrupting the conversation of harassment and discrimination in the workplace?

In July 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) published their conclusions following an investigation into sexual harassment in the workplace. One of their key recommendations was that the use of confidentiality and non disclosure agreements (NDAs) in employment contracts and settlement agreements should be better controlled and regulated. 

This follows on from consideration of high profile cases such as:

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Technology and the future world of work

David Morgan

By the year 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. Jack Ma the founder and former CEO of disrupter online retailer Alibaba predicts that we’ll all be working a 16 hour week by 2045.  Working smarter, not harder. Other studies suggest that there will be 44% fewer jobs overall by 2030.

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Give that back, it’s mine!

In this modern era where technology and branding are at the heart of every business it has become ever more apparent how crucial intellectual property is. From your brand name to underlying source code, ensuring that your business has the ability to enforce its intellectual property rights (“IPR”), use them freely and even commercialise them is of upmost importance. 

The default position is that when an employee creates IPR in the normal course of their employment the employer will be the owner of the IPR.  However, this is not always straightforward

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Case update - Bakers entitled to refuse request to bake cake with message in support of gay marriage

Last week, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company Ltd & others – a case in which the Court had to consider the competing rights of freedom of religion and speech, on the one hand, and the right not to suffer discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or political belief, on the other.

The Court held that a bakery did not discriminate against a gay man when it refused to bake a cake for him with a message in support of gay marriage.

The owners of the bakery were devout Christians.

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The Power Of Conversation

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Brexit – Workplace rights if no deal

You will have all seen in the press yesterday that the Government has begun issuing its guidance for business on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal. Among the press noise is a short guidance note on workplace rights.

The note covers all workplace rights including the Working Time Regulations and TUPE, but does not cover immigration.

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Shared parental leave.…or is it?

It has been over three years since the shared parental leave regime was introduced in the UK but a recent survey of expecting parents by the University College London found that the number of parents intending to use the scheme is low. This is consistent with our clients’ experience generally and the government’s estimated figures published earlier this year that around 285,000 couples every year qualify for shared parental leave, but take up could be as low as 2%.  So why then, is uptake so low?

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: More Change Ahead?

Only a few months since the deadline for publication of the first gender pay gap reports, the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has called for the gender pay gap regulations to be strengthened, to increase their effectiveness.

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Scottish independence is a “philosophical belief” under discrimination law

An employment tribunal has held that a belief in Scottish independence amounts to a “philosophical belief” for the purposes of UK discrimination law.

In a case brought against his former employer the Ministry of Defence, Scottish National Party councillor Christopher McEleny has successfully argued that his belief in Scottish independence amounts to a philosophical belief in respect of which he is protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

The employment tribunal, ruling in Mr McEleny’s favour, held that, whilst support or membership of a political party does

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The Bayswater And The Belief

A case involving the iconic luxury handbag designer Mulberry has looked at the law around discrimination on the grounds of a rather unusual philosophical belief.

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