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Katie Buchanan

Employment Tribunal determines that colour blindness is not a disability

29 November 2017

In the case of Bessell v The Chief Constable of Dorset Police 1400313/2016, an Employment Tribunal in Southampton found that the fact the Claimant, Mr Bessell, suffered from colour blindness did not render him a disabled person within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. The Equality Act 2010 does not apply in Northern Ireland. The corresponding legislation in Northern Ireland in relation to disability discrimination is the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. A person satisfies the definition of a disabled person under the legislation if they have “…a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [their] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” Read More

Katie Buchanan

Foster Carer seeks employment status

12 October 2017

A foster carer in England, Ms Anderson, has recently lodged a claim to an Employment Tribunal, in which she argues that she is a worker, and as such, should be entitled to certain employment rights, which include holiday pay and protection from discrimination. Read More

Katie Buchanan

Suspension may not always be found to be a neutral act

10 October 2017

In the case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB) the High Court held that the suspension of a teacher was a fundamental breach of the implied term of trust and confidence, which entitled Ms Agoreyo to resign and consider herself constructively dismissed. Read More

Katie Buchanan

Can your employer refuse your choice of union rep?

27 June 2017

In the case of Gnahoua v Abellio London Ltd 2303661/2015, a Tribunal awarded nominal compensation of £2 to a bus driver after his employer refused to allow the employee’s chosen companion to accompany him to a disciplinary appeal hearing. Read More

Katie Buchanan

Family-friendly workplace can work to the benefit of everyone

27 September 2016

With 3rd-7th October 2016 being National Work Life Balance Week, employers may wish to give consideration to how “family friendly” their workplaces are. Flexible working requests are often made by employees and it is important that employers are aware of how to deal appropriately with such requests. In addition to the obvious benefits of flexible working for employees, such systems can have numerous benefits for employers including increased morale, productivity and ultimately a more loyal and happy workforce. Read More

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