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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin

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 CBI calls for “committed leadership” to tackle sexual harassment


 

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 the film industry and, more recently, Westminster.

 
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  Woman fired for a Facebook post has Tribunal claim rejected


 

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 the British Council after remarks on Facebook about the young Royal caused a storm of controversy.

 
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  Building firm fined after workers suffer serious injuries


 

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 new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm in December 2015.

 
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  Fresh call to change the law covering internships


 

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 in the law which would ban unpaid internships of longer than four weeks.

 
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  Ministers accused of dragging feet over maternity discrimination


 

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 consultation has yet to be carried out. Nor  has a timetable set for any such exercise.

 
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