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Kitsons' Employment Practical Leadership Programmes

Posted by on October 6th 2017 in Employment, Kitsons News

Kitsons Employment Team are pleased to announce a series of seminars aimed at those with HR Management responsibility in their organisation.

The seminars are scheduled to run across the course of the next six months, coverting all aspects of HR within the business. Spaces will be limited, with just 12 attendees for each workshop to allow maximum interaction and engagement.

The sessions will be half a day (9.15am start) with lunch, closing at 2.00pm, held at our offices:

  • Torquay: Kitsons LLP, Minerva House, Orchard Way, Edginswell Park, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 7FA
  • Exeter: Kitsons LLP, The Forum,...

Kitsons Employment Law Updates

Posted by on October 2nd 2017 in Employment Newsletters

The Kitsons Employment Law Update is designed to ensure you are up-to-date with the most significant and interesting developments in the world of Employment Law. Our Employment Team highlights relevant developments and cases of interest in a format that is easy to read on a regular basis.

September 2017

We look at topics such as; flexible working hours, mental health in the workplace and more.

Click below to read the full edition.

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August 2017

We look at topics such as; the Gender...

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Posted by on October 2nd 2017 in Employment

Barbulescu v Romania: Case Update - Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

Can Employers Monitor Employees Emails?

In the case of Barbulescu v Romania the Romanian Court ruled that an employer had acted lawfully when it monitored an employee’s Yahoo Account. The account in question was a Yahoo Messenger account, which the employee was encouraged to use to speak to customers. The employer found, however, that the account was also being used for personal purposes – namely messaging his brother and partner. Mr Barbulescu was subsequently dismissed from his role.  The Court upheld the decision of the employer to dismiss him,...

Flexible Working Hours

Posted by on September 28th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Flexible Working Hours

A survey of 1000 parents has suggested that those who request flexible working to enable them to look after their children are punished for doing so by being given fewer hours, worse shifts and in some cases have lost their jobs.  

The survey focused on mums and dads in “low paid” jobs particularly in the retail, hospitality and social care sectors and identified that part of the problem is that many employees are unaware of their rights to flexible working.

Every employee who has been employed for 26 weeks has the statutory right to apply for flexible working – as long...

Mental Health in the Workplace: Fit notes

Posted by on September 27th 2017 in Employment

Mental Health in the Workplace: Fit notes

In the UK, employees are entitled to statutory sick pay of up to 28 weeks. Whilst nothing is required to be produced by the employee for sickness leave of seven days or less, an employee who is absent for longer must provide a “fit note” (previously known as a doctor’s note or sick note). A fit note is a record of advice from the employee’s doctor to their employer. It is not legally binding but acts as confirmation of the sickness, as well as providing the employer with some details as to an expected return date, and what the employer...

£1,000,000 Paid to Employees after Adminstration

Posted by on September 25th 2017 in Employment

£1,000,000 Paid to Employees after Adminstration

A recent Employment Tribunal has ordered the payment of approximately £1,000,000 to nearly 300 former staff of the European Division law firm who’s employment was terminated when it went into administration. The Tribunal held that the firm had failed to carry out a proper redundancy consultation with the staff. It is essential that when over 100 redundancies are proposed, or considered a possibility, a formal consultation process is entered into. When over 100 staff are effected, the employer must carry out as a minimum, a formal 45 day consultation process before making staff redundant. The law firm had started the...

EAT: Voluntary Overtime, Standby Allowances and call-out Payments should be Included in Holiday Pay Calculations if Sufficiently Regular

Posted by on August 7th 2017 in Employment

EAT: Voluntary Overtime, Standby Allowances and call-out Payments should be Included in Holiday Pay Calculations if Sufficiently Regular

In the landmark case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave the first binding decision to confirm voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay.

The case involved 56 council workers employed as tradesmen, who worked their day jobs and also carried out voluntary overtime and other additional duties such as standby shifts and out-of-hours call outs. The regularity of these voluntary duties was decided wholly by the employees, and they were paid additional wages in respect of them, as well as receiving travel and mileage allowances. The workers brought claims in the...

Government Legal Service v Brookes

Posted by on May 16th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

Multiple Choice Assessment taken by Applicant with Aspergers Subjected Her to Indirect Disability Discrimination

In the recent ruling, Government Legal Services v Brookes UKEAT/0302/16, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) upheld the decision of an Employment Tribunal that requiring a job applicant with Aspergers to take a multiple choice test as part of the recruitment process amounted to indirect discrimination.

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Ms Brookes applied for a position with the Government Legal Service (GLS) whose jobs are highly sought after and whose recruitment is notoriously competitive. Applicants are required to complete and pass a multiple choice situational judgement test in order to...

My Month Working in London

Posted by on May 15th 2017 in Blog Posts

In October 2016, after working in the Commercial Disputes department at Kitsons for just shy of six months, I was given the opportunity to complete a month long secondment for one of the firm’s London based clients, working in their in-house legal team.

I have always been drawn to the hustle and bustle of the “big city”, and as a student I certainly pictured myself completing a stint in London at some point during my working life. I therefore jumped at the chance to finally experience the London lifestyle for myself. 

While most secondments cover a general...

Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions: ECJ Rules that Banning Headscarves in the Workplace can be Legal

Posted by on April 4th 2017 in Blog Posts, Employment

According to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), employers can ban the wearing of any “political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves, without it being direct discrimination.

The ECJ has highlighted that so long as the ban is based on internal company policies outlining that all employees must dress neutrally, it will be acceptable for employers to ask that staff refrain from wearing clothing of a religious nature.  

Such ban must not however, be based on “subjective considerations” alone, for example, the wishes of a customer or supplier.

The ruling comes following a claim made by Samira Achbita - a receptionist who...

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