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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 30 May 2012

Consultation on reforms to discrimination law

The Government has recently announced the opening of a consultation on various aspects of existing discrimination law, as part of its "red tape challenge" aimed at reducing unnecessary bureaucracy.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 30 Apr 2012

Allegation of employee lying may not amount to harassment

A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that an accusation that an individual has lied about a protected characteristic does not necessarily amount to harassment or discrimination on the grounds of that characteristic.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Feb 2012

Indirect age discrimination in cost-based selection procedure was justified

In the recent case of HM Land Registry v Benson, the EAT considered an employer was justified in selecting employees for voluntary redundancy on the basis of whom it would cost least to dismiss - even though this involved indirect age discrimination against employees between aged 50 and 54.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 20 Dec 2011

Facing up to Facebook

The explosion in the use of social media has highlighted many issues that employers must address.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 26 Sep 2011

Guidance for employers on social networking

Following the significant increase in the use of social networking websites, Acas has commissioned research to highlight some of the potential benefits and pitfalls for both employees and employers of the use of social media and to provide some useful guidance.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 26 Sep 2011

Annual employment tribunal statistics published

The statistics relating to Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal activity for the year 20102011 have been published.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Jul 2011

Employer’s liability for harassment carried out by a third party

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has recently held that a council was responsible for acts of racial harassment carried out against one of its employees by a child in its care on the basis that it had not done enough to protect the employee

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Jul 2011

Striking out discrimination claims on the grounds of no reasonable prospects of success

In the recent case of Community Law Clinic Solicitors v Methuen the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered the test for whether a claim should be struck out at the pre-hearing review stage of Employment Tribunal proceedings as having no reasonable prospect of success

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 27 Jun 2011

Compensation orders against multiple respondents who pays?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently considered the issue of apportionment of compensation between multiple Respondents and has held that Respondents will usually be jointly and severally liable for any compensation awarded, giving the Claimant the ability to recover the whole of the awarded sum against any of the Respondents.

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Kennedys Law LLP | United Kingdom | 31 May 2011

Refusing to grant time off to attend Mosque

In the recent case of Cherfi v G4S Security Services Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an employment tribunal decision that it was lawful for an employer to refuse a Muslim employee time off to attend a Mosque on Friday lunchtimes.

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