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News 22nd June 2020

Heather Platt successful in discrimination claim for autistic Lecturer

Heather Platt successfully represented the Claimant at the London Central Employment Tribunal in her claims of discrimination arising from disability and constructive unfair dismissal. The Claimant has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (“ASD” formerly known as Asperger’s) and anxiety and depression.   The Tribunal held that: The Claimant’s managers were aware that she had a difficult home […]

News 18th June 2020

Health and Safety in the Workplace during a Global Pandemic

Employers are grappling with the new normal as we slowly emerge from lockdown. This is an overview of employees’ rights and employer’s responsibilities regarding health and safety in the workplace and a section of the Employment Rights Act 1996 that has been waiting for its moment in the sun. The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires […]

Blog 29th April 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further guidance

As expected, the government has issued further guidance in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”). This article will summarise the key updates since the guidance issued on 4 April 2020. The government has produced a number of documents to assist both employers and employees: Guidance for employers – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Step-by-step guide on […]

Blog 14th April 2020
The impact of Covid-19 on some high-profile businesses so far

The impact of Covid-19 on some high-profile businesses so far

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has introduced the following range of business support measures: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furloughing); Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme; Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme; Self-employment Income Support Scheme; Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (England only); Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure […]

Blog 4th April 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”) was announced by the government on 20th March 2020. The government’s published guidance states that “it is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.” The Scheme allows all UK employers to claim a […]

Blog 24th March 2020

Employment Team – COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

These are unprecedented times and Chambers is seeing a significant increase in questions being raised by workers, employees, and employers alike. This post is intended to provide some outline guidance for the position as we see it, with links to useful information. It is not a substitute for formal legal advice – and if you […]

Blog 29th November 2019

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 – 100 years on

This year marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. This ground breaking Act of Parliament, which became law on 23 December 1919, allowed women to become Solicitors, Barristers, Magistrates and Jurors for the first time. The Act begins with the defining words “a person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage […]

Past Events
15th Oct 2019, 13:30 to 16:30

Employment Law Seminar – Reading

Pump Court Chambers Employment team is pleased to announce our annual Reading Employment Law Seminar providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners. Venue Crowne Plaza, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8BD Topics Time limits – how to prepare cases whatever the situation Remedies in the ET a look at injury to feelings, Polkeyand […]

Past Events
7th Nov 2019, 13:30 to 16:30

Poole Employment Law Seminar

Pump Court Chambers Employment team is pleased to announce our annual Poole Employment Law Seminar  providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners. Venue Harbour Heights Hotel, Haven Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7LW Topics Time limits – how to prepare cases whatever the situation Remedies in the ET a look at injury to […]

Blog 8th August 2018

What’s new with Trade Secrets?

With the tennis, the world cup, President Trump’s visit, the heatwave and the endless Brexit drama, it may have escaped you that on 9 June 2018 the Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018 came into force. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know when dealing with the errant employee who has run […]

Blog 1st December 2017

Religious discrimination in the work place

The issue of religious discrimination in the work place is a sensitive one which employers need to consider carefully. As set out in the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals because of their religion or belief, or lack of religion or belief either directly or indirectly. Given the diversity of religions […]

Blog 3rd October 2017

Discrimination: something arising from disability

It is no secret that there are immense pressures upon teaching staff in UK schools at present. Teacher shortages, increased workloads, and constant assessments have lead to stressful working environments across the country. These environments can affect some more than others, particularly those with disabilities. In the recent case of City of York Council v […]

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