Employment

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th September 2018

Treating someone less favourably because of their disability is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act “discrimination arising from disability” occurs where both: A treats B unfavourably because of ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
20th August 2018

Under the Equality Act it is unlawful to discriminate, harass or victimise workers or job applicants on the grounds of their religion, religious belief or philosophical belief. “Religion or belief” is a protected ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
9th August 2018

Our Starter Pack is ideal if you are employing your first employee or you want to update your contracts of employment. The pack gives you the basic HR and legal documentation you will need for employing your first employee and all at a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th July 2018

Further to our articles earlier this year, it is interesting that due to campaigns such as the #Me Too campaign, sexual harassment is still getting media attention. Recently there have been parliamentary debates where those in the ...

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13th June 2018

Following our update for 2018, we now take a look at the The Pimlico Plumber case which has now been heard by the Supreme Court. In this case Mr Smith was a gas electrician carrying out work solely for Pimlico Plumbers from August ...

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10th May 2018

You will recall in January we highlighted how employers needed to get ready for changes to data protection law that comes into force on 25th May 2018. We have already, in our previous update, provided you with some helpful links and ...

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19th April 2018

This update follows our update in July last year regarding Mr Ali’s claim of sex discrimination because he was not paid enhanced pay whilst on Shared Parental Leave like those on maternity leave. Capita, the respondent and employer in ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
28th March 2018

It is the time of year which sees the statutory rates for payments such as maternity pay and sick pay increase, as well as the national minimum wage. See here for our pdf setting out these changes. Employers considering using ...

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14th March 2018

This case below of Lofty –v- Hamis (EAT) deals with the question of when under the Equality Act 2010 does cancer become automatically deemed as a disability. The Equality Act currently has a Schedule 1 which lists those illnesses and ...

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22nd February 2018

When an employer is considering ending an employee’s employment, it is vital that regardless of their length of service the employer considers their reasons for dismissing that employee.  Although most employment protection with ...

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31st January 2018

On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the UK.  This  is aimed at strengthening and harmonising data protection laws across the European Union.  It is planned that the UK ...

sexual harassment
15th January 2018

Last year we saw a raft of high profile sexual harassment allegations being made against celebrities and politicians alike. More recently the EHRC has highlighted that they will be getting involved as far as their powers allow to ...