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21 January 2022 ‘Failure to Remove’ Claims brought Pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998

Following the Supreme Court decision in CN & GN -v- Poole Borough Council [2019] and other subsequent cases, it is now established law that the mere fact that various steps are taken by local authorities in the discharge of its child protection functions is not enough to give rise to an assumption of responsibility.

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21 January 2022 Care home worker fairly dismissed for refusing Covid 19 vaccination

The Tribunal considered whether a care home worker was unfairly dismissed following her refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is important to note the Claimant’s dismissal pre-dated the compulsory vaccination regulations in force from November 2021.

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20 January 2022 Demotion: A One-Off Act With Continuing Consequences, or a Continuing Act?

In Parr v MSR Partners LLP and others, we discuss what the Court of Appeal was asked to consider a preliminary issue.

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20 January 2022 Four-day Working Week – the Future of Work?

In our Employment Survey 2021: Focus on Flexibility, we looked at a number of working developments including the notion of a four-day working week.

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13 January 2022 Paul v Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Purchase v Ahmed

The Court of Appeal has given judgment on three cases where close relatives claimed compensation for psychiatric injuries suffered as a consequence of witnessing the collapse of their loved ones.

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7 January 2022 ‘Gay cake’ discrimination case ruled inadmissible by ECHR

This case has been rumbling on for over seven years. It relates to a bakery’s refusal to make a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’.

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30 December 2021 High Court demonstrates importance of well-drafted restrictive covenants as enforcement succeeds “in its entirety”

Restrictive covenants restrict what employees can do for certain periods of time following termination of the employee’s employment. Employers should review restrictive covenants whenever an employee, director, or consultant changes their role.

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23 December 2021 SMEs can claim back sick pay from government

To support businesses during the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the Government will be reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme.

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21 December 2021 Civil remedies trump POCA recovery in landmark decision

The decision in Crown Prosecution Service v Aquila Advisory Limited provides welcome clarification on the interplay between POCA and common law recovery. It seems companies may still be subject to the POCA regime and stripped of a potential windfall which the CPS did not avail themselves of in this case.

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17 December 2021 Disability Workforce Reporting Consultation

This consultation forms part of the government’s National Disability Strategy published in July 2021 and is in response to calls to increase transparency on disability in the workplace. It includes consideration of mandatory and voluntary reporting practices, looking at what is working well, and what changes could be made to increase inclusive practices.

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