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


Hethertons helps businesses to identify and deal with digital threats

17 Oct 2017

Business owners have gained a deeper insight into the digital threats they may face now and in the future thanks to a seminar co-hosted by Hethertons Solicitors. Held at the firm’s offices in York Business Park, the event saw local


Monitoring of employees’ emails

16 Oct 2017

A recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights reminds employers that they need to be explicit about the extent to which their employees’ electronic communications are being monitored. The judges, sitting in Strasbourg, were asked to consider the


Constructive dismissal claim rejected

16 Oct 2017

A Yorkshire teacher has lost her case at the Employment Tribunal, after attempting to argue that her former bosses had not done enough to help her cope with depression. Dr Rachel Poyser, the former director of music at Wyke College,


Businesses must abide by fire safety legislation

16 Oct 2017

The tragic events at Grenfell Tower earlier this year were a sobering reminder of the devastating consequences when a fire breaks out in a building. While blazes on this scale are fortunately incredibly rare – the incident was the worst


Awards for unlawful discrimination claims increase

16 Oct 2017

All new claims started in the Employment Tribunal for discrimination are now subject to larger awards under what is known as the Vento Bands system warns our Senior Associate, David Scott. Should a claim for discrimination be successful, the Employment