Monthly Archives: October 2012

Reporting on gender balance

The Government has recently published new regulations requiring quoted companies to report on gender balance and diversity, at board and management level and companies as a whole.   At the same time EU commissioners have postponed plans to impose quotas for … Continue reading

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Equal Pay Claims – limitation extended to 6 years from termination of employment

The landmark ruling in Birmingham City Council –v- Abdulla and others has confirmed that equal pay claims that would usually be out of time if brought in the employment tribunal can proceed as a breach of contract in the High … Continue reading

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Employee share ownership – an incentive or a risk?

The Government recently announced plans to introduce new ‘owner-employee’ contracts enabling employees to obtain shares in their employer in exchange for waiving their employment rights such as unfair dismissal, flexible working and redundancy.  Under the new contracts, employees would be … Continue reading

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More legislation on equality

The Government recently announced further amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill in relation to equal pay audits and equalities.  These amendments have been announced in advance of the Bill’s report stage and third reading which was due to … Continue reading

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Restrictive Covenants in employment contracts

The case of Patsystems Holding Ltd v Neilly is a lesson in why an employer cannot rely on restrictive covenants in a contract signed many years before they are used. When employees are promoted it is not just a job … Continue reading

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Employee’s Severance Package: Freedom of Information versus Data Protection

In the recent case of Trago Mills (South Devon) Ltd v Information Commissioner it was held by the Information Rights Tribunal that a Local Authority was permitted to refuse part of a freedom of information request concerning a severance payment … Continue reading

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The Equality Act 2010 is interpreted to include protection from victimisation for former employees

Before the Equality Act 2010 came into force “post-employment discrimination” was recognised as a legitimate claim.  Indeed under the old discrimination regime involving alleged acts of post employment victimisation, we all recall the newspaper headlines reporting on claims related to … Continue reading

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