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Employment

Employment

Ebola Wake-Up Call For Overseas Workers

The case of Pauline Cafferkey, the public health nurse and third sector volunteer who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, who is thankfully no longer in a critical condition and is showing signs of improvement, has refocused attention on the employer/employee relationship across all sectors in relation to overseas working.

Rightly, Ms Cafferkey has attracted praise from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as standing for the “very best of NHS values”.

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LChalmers

Obesity And Disability - European Court Decision

The European Court has now delivered its judgement in the case of Kaltoft v The Ministry of Billund.  The Court follows the opinion of the Advocate General which we previously highlighted in an earlier blog in July.

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LChalmers

Severe Weather Raises Employee Questions

The recent severe weather conditions in Scotland has raised some interesting questions about dealing with staff who are unable to get to work.

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LChalmers

Breaking News: EAT Decides Overtime Should Be Included When Calculating Holiday Pay

The EAT's much anticipated holiday pay decision is out, and can be distilled into three key points.

First, the headline news: in principle, non-guaranteed overtime should be included when calculating holiday pay.

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LChalmers

Can Obesity Amount To A Disability?

Recent reports suggest that around 64% of men and 57% of women in the UK are overweight or obese, and nearly half of the UK population are predicted to be overweight by 2050.

In light of these statistics, the recent opinion by the Advocate General in the European case of Kaltoft v The Municipality of Billund could, if followed by the European Court later this year, notably extend disability discrimination protection for employees who are extremely or morbidly obese.

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LChalmers

Zero-Hours: Seeking Successful Solutions

Laura Anderson

Vince Cable announced plans this week to legislate against employers’ ability to use “exclusivity clauses” in zero-hours contracts, and to give this type of contract a statutory definition.

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LChalmers

Zero Hours: Plenty Problems

Zero-hours contracts are firmly on the political agenda, with "tougher new penalties" for those abusing them announced in today's Queen's Speech.

Much is being made of the fact that an estimated 1.4 million people in the UK are on zero-hours contracts. Contracts that provide no specific hours or times of work, or indeed any guarantee of work at all.  Contracts whereby an ‘on-call’ arrangement is set up and employers must only compensate workers for hours undertaken.  A simple concept designed to provide mutual flexibility.

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LChalmers

Employers Beware: The Member Strikes Back

Burness admin

When Not-For-Profit Meets Not Fit For Purpose

We all know the script up to this point: since the early 90s successive governments have tried to increase the protection to DB pension schemes against underfunding and abandonment by their sponsoring employers.   Changes introduced aim to encourage companies to be more accountable for the promises they make, and work to secure the benefits that employees expect to receive in retirement. 

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Burness admin

One Right Can Make A Wrong: Preventing Illegal Working Without Discriminating

As an employer you will probably be aware of your duty to carry out checks (before and during employment) to ensure that, if your workers need it, they have valid immigration permission to work in the UK. Whilst the focus of such checks tends to be on compliance with immigration law, it's worth remembering that the manner in which such checks are carried out could expose you to employment claims.

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Burness admin