Is It Unlawful To Ban An Employee From Wearing A Hijab?

Yes, advises the CJEU's Advocate General in the French case of Bougnaoui v Micropole SA. Ms Bougnaoui was employed by Micropole SA as a design engineer. She was a practising Muslim and wore an Islamic headscarf (hijab) at work and when she visited clients. The...

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Living Wage – The Real Cost!

Living Wage – The Real Cost!

From 1 April this year the government introduced a new National Living Wage for the over-25s of £7.20 an hour (£6.70 for those aged between 21 and 25), which will benefit more than a million workers. The new NLW will rise each year, with the aim of reaching 60 per...

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Gender Pay Reporting – Are You Ready?

Gender Pay Reporting – Are You Ready?

With Gender pay reporting taking aback seat to the Brexit discussions we take a look at the timeline for implementation of the reporting requirements. October 2016: The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 are expected to come into force on...

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Tribunal Insurance – Do You Really Need It?

  If you are seeking to outsource your HR support services, chances are you will have considered tribunal insurance as essential for your peace of mind. But there are several reasons to rethink this. You might not even need it. There are many steps on the journey...

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Voluntary Overtime & Holiday Pay Update

Voluntary Overtime & Holiday Pay Update

Employees who regularly work voluntary overtime beyond their contracted hours could be eligible for holiday pay on that overtime, following the initial ruling in a case that looks likely to add another level of confusion to the ongoing holiday pay debate. In White...

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Is it OK to Snoop on your Employees Emails?

Is it OK to Snoop on your Employees Emails?

The case in question is Barbulescu v Romania [2016]. The employee was an engineer and he had been asked to setup a Yahoo Messenger account which could be used by the company to respond to customer queries. There was a strict company rule that said that no employee...

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Holiday Pay and Commission: The Lock Decision – Update

Holiday Pay and Commission: The Lock Decision – Update

There has been a further judgment in the on-going litigation between British Gas and a number of its employees concerning unlawful deduction of wages due to miscalculated holiday pay. The Background In summary, Mr Lock was a salesman for British Gas and received a...

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