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Archives: February 2017

A strike against the unions

The Government has confirmed that the Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017. As before, a union will be required to attain a majority of votes in favour before it can begin strike action. However the Act, which was part of the Conservative party’s 2015 manifesto, introduces two major restrictions which limit unions’ ability to …

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Negligence can justify summary dismissal

In the recent case of Adesokan v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, the Court of Appeal considered whether an employee’s one off “negligent” act could justify summary dismissal for gross misconduct.

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A test of faith: time off for religious festival

The recent case of Gareddu v London Underground Limited confirmed that an employer is entitled to deny a request for annual leave to attend a religious festival where that request is not wholly genuine or made in good faith.

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Pimlico Plumbers decision – that puts a spanner in the works!

Amidst media hype, and recent cases on employment status in the gig economy, another case has been reported which puts a spanner in the works for companies arguing that they engage “self-employed contractors” and not workers. The Court of Appeal upheld the EAT decision that Mr Smith, who was a plumber for Pimlico Plumbers Limited (PP), was a worker, rather …

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Technological revolution: employment reconfiguration or decimation?

It may sound dramatic but it seems the World Economic Forum had a point when branding the practical impact of digital innovation as an industrial revolution of our time. In a recent survey carried out globally of 500 C level executives, over 90% stated that their organisations’ workforces will need to change substantially as smart technologies become more widely used. …

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