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Sometimes we see stories or cases that immediately grab our attention. Whether we agree with them or they really annoy us, these are things we cannot ignore. Hopefully our thoughts will be of interest to you.

On 23 - 25 May and 26 June 2017, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) in London, which handles collective disputes and other issues relating to union recognition and rights, heard a claim for union recognition by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which represents Deliveroo riders in the Camden area of London. Read more...
On Tuesday 11th July, the UK government published Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. The Taylor Review was commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to consider how the UK labour market can address challenges of modern working practices. Read more...
In a strongly worded unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court has found that fees charged to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeals Tribunal are unlawful. Read more...
This case involved a maths teacher who was dismissed for capability reasons and who unsuccessfully appealed against her dismissal. Read more...
Construction firm Mears has banned its workers from heavy stubble or beards on the grounds of health and safety. Read more...
The TUPE Regulations* protect the rights of employees on the sale of a business providing for their automatic transfer to the purchaser with continuity of service. Read more...
There are few scenarios that are more frustrating for a business than dealing with an employee or former employee who has an inflated view of the value of his/her claim. Read more...
A police officer was sacked after being caught on tv at the races celebrating his horse’s win after having called in sick Read more...
The French Supreme Court has recently handed down two employment decisions which will be of interest to clients with operations in the country. Read more...
GQ Employment Law recently hosted the first in a regular series of webinars ‘Have I Got Employment News for You? - LIVE!’ Read more...
GQ Employment Law has just published an updated short guide to Brexit and its potential effects on UK employment law, since the Article 50 judgement. Read more...
GQ Employment Law and Ganguin Samartin recently hosted a webinar on ‘Brexit: the HR and immigration implications for international business’ Read more...
If you had a phobia of flying, you probably wouldn’t become a flight attendant. If you were agrophobic, you probably wouldn’t become a miner. Read more...
GQ Employment Law and Ganguin Samartin invite you to attend our webinar Read more...
The High Court has said again that businesses only need to conduct “reasonable and proportionate” searches when answering data subject access requests (DSAR). Read more...
Legislation commences today which will allow regulations to limit golden parachute payments in the public sector. Read more...
The Court of Appeal has ruled that Sainsbury’s was within its rights to summarily dismiss a regional manager who failed to correct an inappropriate email from his HR business partner. Read more...
This morning the UK Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must agree to trigger Brexit (not just the UK Government). Read more...
According to recent press reports a note was circulated to agency staff at Argos’ warehouse in Basildon offering them an extra 80p per hour if they don’t take time off sick. Read more...
Following the UK’s decision to Brexit, France is trying to take advantage of the situation by running an advertising campaign aimed at poaching British business. Read more...
Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that an end to “early evening socialisation” would help working mothers who are excluded by their childcare responsibilities. Read more...
Unless your employees are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Read more...
The government has launched a consultation on a proposal to end tax and NI savings created by many salary sacrifice schemes. Read more...
Since 2005, the number of expectant and new mothers forced to leave their jobs has nearly doubled to 54,000 says a report from the Government’s Women and Equalities Committee. Read more...
Could your organisation benefit from a handsome, weeping boy? Read more...
A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has stated that women who go back to work part-time after having a child continue to earn less than men for many years afterwards, with the gap rising to 33% of men’s hourly pay rates during the subsequent 12 years. Read more...
Eight TV presenters in Egypt have been suspended from work and told they can only return once they’ve slimmed to an “appropriate appearance”. Read more...
According to reports, the average gender pay gap in the UK is 23% where as in London it is 12%. Earlier this month, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London published City Hall’s first ever gender pay audit using information as at 31 March 2016. Read more...
The opening shots have been fired in a multi-million pound dispute between the founder of Phones4u, John Caudwell, and Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe, who he co-founded management fund Signia Wealth with. Read more...
Taxi service Uber has been sued by two of its drivers who allege that they are workers and not self-employed. Read more...
Three former Barclays employees have been found guilty of fixing the Libor rate. Jay Merchant, Jonathan Mathew and American Alex Pabon will be sentenced on Thursday after the jury reached their verdict following a ten week trial. Read more...
During the ‘Brexit’ campaign there was much debate about the extent to which leaving the EU would allow the UK to reduce the burden of businesses regulation, including employment regulation. Read more...
Juliane Kokott, the German Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has said that employers in the EU may impose dress codes that ban Muslim staff from wearing headscarves in the workplace. Read more...
A teenage waitress from Ayrshire, has won her discrimination claim after being asked to wear a skirt and make-up to look glamourous “for the punters”. Read more...
A transgender woman has succeeded in her case for discrimination against a ferry company in relation its toilets. Read more...
A transgender woman has succeeded in her case for discrimination against a ferry company in relation its toilets. Read more...
Today, the House of Commons Justice Select Committee published its report on courts and tribunal fees, opening up once again the issue of the employment tribunals fee regime which came into force in July 2013. Read more...
It has been reported that a growing number of businesses across the globe, including the UK, are offering employees the chance to take paid leave, dubbed ‘paw-ternity leave’ to look after their pets, or more specifically pup-ternity leave if the leave is being taken to settle a new pet into the home. Read more...
In a move thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, Lloyds Banking Group have started offering health insurance which covers gender dysphoria treatments, including gender reassignment surgery. Read more...
Members of one of the few remaining male-only golf courses in the UK, Muirfield in East Lothian, have voted against opening up membership to women. Read more...
News broke overnight of a temp receptionist who was allegedly prevented from going on assignment because she wanted to wear flat shoes instead of high heels. Read more...
An employee is suing his employer, Interparfums, for boring him into depression. Read more...
A Paris court has held that it was not homophobic for a hair salon boss to call employee a “PD” (a common offensive term for gay men) because many hairdressers are gay. Read more...
It’s 5pm on Friday and phew… you've made it through another week and no one has discovered your secret… you have no idea what you are doing and you are winging it! Read more...
The Government has launched a call for evidence into whether non-compete clauses act as a barrier to employment, innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more...
Four bike couriers, who are considered by their companies as self-employed, are going to the employment tribunal to try and be declared as employees or workers. Read more...
A trade union has successfully claimed £6.25m on behalf of 1,100 dismissed steelworkers after their employer failed to consult over planned redundancies. Read more...
In a surprising decision, the EAT has held that childcare vouchers which an employee receives via a salary sacrifice arrangement are remuneration and therefore do not need to be provided during maternity leave. Read more...
In October 2015, the Government announced that by 2018, it plans to have extended statutory shared parental leave to grandparents. Read more...
Joaquín Garcia, a civil servant in Cadiz, Spain who failed to turn up to work for at least six years despite receiving his full salary was ordered on losing his appeal to pay compensation of the maximum award (which is the equivalent of his annual post-tax salary). Read more...