Teacher “punished” for her living arrangements wins discrimination case

8 Dec 2017

A teacher has won a discrimination claim after she was dismissed from the nursery where she worked when her employers discovered that she was living with her boyfriend. Zelda de Groen had been employed at the Gan Menachem, an Orthodox


Salesman backed by European Judges

8 Dec 2017

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a UK-based window salesman, who is embroiled in a landmark dispute over holiday pay. Conley King worked for The Sash Window Workshop between 1999 and 2012 and because he was considered self-employed


MPs call for changes to end “exploitation”

8 Dec 2017

Last month, two of Parliament’s most significant committees (Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Work & Pensions) published draft proposals which are designed to close loopholes  in employment law. MPs outlined ways in which current legislation could be updated to


Firm receives substantial fine following workplace death

8 Dec 2017

A business has been sentenced for health and safety breaches after a worker was killed when he fell four metres from a walking floor trailer at a site in South Yorkshire. Paul Littlewood died from his injuries following the incident


Uber appeal will be closely observed

8 Dec 2017

Hethertons has said that employers should be watching the latest developments in a high-profile legal battle with interest. Uber recently sought permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court in the ongoing dispute over the employment status of its drivers.


Ministers accused of dragging feet over maternity discrimination

21 Nov 2017

A charity has suggested that the Government has not done enough to protect new and expectant mums. Maternity Action notes that ministers had committed to a review of protections at the beginning of the year but is concerned that a


Fresh call to change the law covering internships

21 Nov 2017

Unpaid internships were the subject of a heated debate in the House of Lords last month. The work placements were likened to slavery by one peer, Lord Holmes, who had brought forward a Private Member’s Bill calling for a change


Building firm fined after workers suffer serious injuries

21 Nov 2017

A Yorkshire-based builder was sentenced for health and safety failings last month after three workers, including a father and son, fell almost five metres to the ground. Hull Magistrates Court heard that Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a


Woman fired for a Facebook post has Tribunal claim rejected

21 Nov 2017

A woman who was sacked from her job after posting derogatory comments about Prince George on social media has lost her legal battle. In August 2016, Angela Gibbins had been dismissed from her role as head of global estates at


CBI calls for “committed leadership” to tackle sexual harassment

21 Nov 2017

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that employers need to take steps to “stamp out” sexual harassment in the workplace. Concerns about inappropriate conduct have been thrust into the media spotlight following a flurry of allegations centred on