Legal Updates

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th September 2017

‘Work related stress’ as a reason for absence can send chills through any HR manager because such sickness absence is not easily cured with a week of rest or a dose of antibiotics.  It requires careful handling, patience and time. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
6th September 2017

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination in respect of the nine “protected characteristics” of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, ...

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31st July 2017

Judgment has recently been given on a momentous case in the matter of R (on the application of Unison) (Appellent) v Lord Chancellor (Respondent), which was Unison’s challenge against employment tribunal fees. Employment tribunal fees ...

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5th July 2017

This case considers sex discrimination and pay during shared parental leave.  Shared parental leave was introduced in 5 April 2015.  It allows a woman who is on maternity leave to give up her maternity leave and instead allow ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
15th June 2017

We have previously highlighted that Workplace Mediation can be one way of resolving disagreements in the workplace. However, in some cases, a Settlement Agreement may be one sensible option for both parties to consider and they are ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
25th May 2017

We take a look at some of the rights pregnant employees have in the workplace. The starting point is that a pregnant employee has the same rights as any other employee with the same length of service, such as unfair dismissal and a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
22nd May 2017

Splitting up is tough, but being forced to live in the same house with the person you have just split up with can make it all the worse. However, what do you do if they will not move out? The answer is not straightforward: the law in ...

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11th May 2017

We take a look at a recent disability discrimination case of The Government Legal Service v Brookes where a multiple choice test for applicants placed a woman with Asperger’s at particular disadvantage and was not justified. ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
27th April 2017

We take a look at some recent cases on this area around service provision changes. The definition of Service Provision Change (SPC) is found at Regulation 3(1)(b) of TUPE and is as follows: (i) activities cease to be carried out by a ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
5th April 2017

What is probate and when would I need it? When somebody dies, sometimes it is necessary for you to apply for a grant of representation to be able to deal with the deceased’s assets – this is known as applying for probate. Whether ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
22nd March 2017

What is religious discrimination? Religion or belief is one of the ‘protected characteristics’ covered by the Equality Act 2010.  The Equality Act prohibits discrimination on any of the ‘protected characteristics’. It prohibits ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
1st March 2017

Today (1st March 2017) the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 have come into force. Some of the main changes are highlighted below. Increase in ballot thresholds For strike or industrial action to be lawful from 1st March ...