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Amy Barr

Why 'forced hugs' at Ted Baker have caused a big issue

11 December 2018

More than 2,600 people have signed a petition calling for the end of ‘forced hugs’ and ‘harassment’ at fashion retailer Ted Baker. The company has been under significant pressure over the past week after a series of revelations from current and former employees accused founder and CEO of the company, Ray Kelvin, of a culture of “forced hugging” in the workplace. Read More


Louise McAloon

Can an employee refuse to work additional hours in the lead up to Christmas?

14 November 2018

Whilst employers will invariably endeavour to individually consult with their staff with a view to reaching agreement regarding working additional hours in the lead up to Christmas, the case of Edwards v Bramble Foods Ltd ET/2601556/2015 is a salutary reminder that for those employees who might unreasonably refuse to work some extra hours, an employment tribunal has previously decided that the dismissal of an employee who refused to work extra hours before Christmas was fair. Read More


John Kelly

Why you can’t always have your cake and eat it

17 October 2018

The Supreme Court has given its long awaited decision in the so-called “gay cake” case, ruling unanimously that Ashers Bakery did not discriminate against gay rights activist Gareth Lee, who had been successful in the County Court and then at the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. Read More


Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn

Mental Health awareness in the workplace

05 September 2018

Even with an emphasis on raising awareness and a move towards a more open dialogue about mental health in society, mental health can still, unfortunately, be seen as a “taboo” subject, which people may not feel comfortable talking about; especially with their employer, who they feel may treat them differently due to this revelation. Read More


Niall McMullan

Paid to Sleep

07 August 2018

The Court of Appeal in England & Wales have recently handed down the long-awaited decision in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake. Read More


John Kelly

Eliminating modern slavery: what steps should your business take?

26 July 2018

“Modern slavery significant problem in NI”…“PSNI receive 31 trafficking and modern slavery cases”…“People being kept as human slaves on a daily basis across Northern Ireland”. These are just a few headlines from recent months which spell out very clearly that, despite its supposed abolition almost 200 years ago, slavery is alive and well today. It was against this background that the government introduced the Modern Slavery Act in 2015. But what does all this talk of slavery and a Modern Slavery Act possibly mean in real terms for Northern Ireland businesses? Read More


Louise McAloon

Discrimination in Recruitment - Unlawful political discrimination following failure to appoint highest scoring candidate

12 June 2018

The importance of a fair and merit based recruitment process was highlighted in a decision recently issued by the Fair Employment Tribunal in Northern Ireland (CRN 65/17FET). Awarding compensation of £5,500 to former Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, the Tribunal found that Mr Flanagan had been unlawfully discriminated against on grounds of his political opinion by Citizens Advice Armagh in relation to their failure to appoint him to the post of Manager, despite being the highest scoring candidate in the recruitment process. Read More


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