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Deliveroo, the ‘gig’ economy and employment rights

Can it really be that Deliveroo has a clause in its couriers’ contracts forbidding them from challenging their status in the Employment Tribunal? It seems that part of the agreement that a courier signs provides: “You further warrant that neither you … Continue reading

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New Zealand bans zero hours contracts? Not exactly….

So New Zealand has banned zero-hours contracts. As Jeremy Corbyn says… Zero-hour contracts have been banned in New Zealand – look what's possible when you put your mind to it https://t.co/gfAI44Pb96 — Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 11, 2016 Obviously … Continue reading

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The UK never had an opt-out from the Working Time Directive

We really didn’t. It seems that David Cameron is going to insist on reclaiming the UK’s opt out from employment law as part of his renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s membership. It’s not clear whether the claims are genuine or … Continue reading

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Unfair Dismissal: What’s it worth?

I remember the days when the compensation limits for unfair dismissal were nice round numbers. The compensatory award was set by Government as £8,000 (a while ago), £10,000 or £12,000. Then New Labour increased the limit to £50,000 and provided … Continue reading

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Compensating Sharon Shoesmith

I’ve spent the last year confidently telling everyone I meet that there is no way that Haringey will settle Sharon Shoesmith’s case. There was such a media outcry over her role and the importance of not giving her a payout … Continue reading

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Are shops breaching discrimination law by selling ‘lads mags’?

In a word – ‘no’. Oops sorry, I need to hedge a bit. In two words –  ‘probably not’ The issue arises because of a letter sent to the Guardian by a number of prominent human rights and equality lawyers … Continue reading

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Dealing with allegations of harassment

Normally I blog about employment law stories in the news, but this post is an exception. For no particular reason I thought I’d share a common question I get when running a course on discrimination and harassment together with the … Continue reading

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