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October 2016 Edition  

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Hethertons Solicitors Employment Bulletin

Our aim is to keep you up to date with ideas and information that will help you gain the best possible advantages in working with us. This bulletin will be sent regularly to help achieve this aim, and we hope you enjoy reading them.

  Mums flying high after breastfeeding victory


A leading airline has been ordered to do more to support new mums following a landmark decision by an Employment Tribunal.

Flight attendants Cynthia McFarlane and Sara Ambacher had been refused permission by their employer, EasyJet, to be rostered for a maximum of eight hours.

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  “Family-friendly” policy found to be discriminatory


A man has been awarded almost £30,000 after bosses refused to pay him the same as his spouse during their shared parental leave.

Both David Snell and his wife had been employed by Network Rail and had decided to take shared parental leave following the birth of their child in January of this year.

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  Workman taken to court over scaffolding failings


A self-employed trader from Yorkshire was recently sentenced for health and safety breaches, after a lax approach to erecting scaffolding was found to have put himself and others at risk.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mark Podstawski, 47, after an investigation uncovered evidence of several failings, including an absence of guard rails.

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  PM wants to be sure that employment laws are up-to-date


The Prime Minister this month ordered a review of the UK’s employment practices after stressing the importance of workers’ rights being refreshed to take account of new models of working.

Theresa May, who announced the review ahead of the Conservatives’ Autumn Conference, acknowledged that a growing proportion of the British workforce were opting for flexible working or choosing to start their own business.

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  Poll assesses impact of the Living Wage


The National Living Wage has placed a degree of pressure on businesses, but not to the extent that some had feared, according to a new report.

The survey, which was carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce, found that a little over a third of firms had increased pay levels since the new legislation came into force in April this year.

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