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Indirect Discrimination – Supreme Court Lays Down the Law

The Supreme Court has urged employers to modify provisions, criteria or practices (PCPs) that disadvantage protected minority groups – even if no reason can be discerned for their discriminatory impact. The Court made its comments in ruling upon indirect discrimination claims brought by a group of Home Office workers. The Home Office required its employees to...

Employee Paid Nothing for Seven Years Wins £182,000

Unlawful deductions from wages may not seem a strong enough phrase to describe one case in which an employee was not paid anything at all for seven years’ work. Employment law is well equipped to put right such injustices, however, and the woman was awarded £182,000 to compensate her for her unremunerated toil. Following her resignation, an Employment...

Life Made a Misery By Noisy Neighbours? You Are Not Powerless!

If your life is blighted by noisy or abusive neighbours, a good lawyer can restore your peace and ensure that the wrongdoers are punished. In one case, a social tenant whose next-door neighbours were assailed by loud music, shouting, swearing and banging received an eight-week prison sentence. The mother of three children had been arrested several times for...

Private Sector Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Snapshot Day

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 introduce mandatory gender pay gap reporting on an annual basis for private and voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees. Employers will be required to compute and report on the difference in pay between ‘relevant’ male and female employees on an annual basis using data...

Couple Ordered to Demolish House Built Without Planning Permission

Planning laws are complex and, before putting one brick upon another, it is always wise to seek professional advice. In one case that proved the point, a couple who almost doubled the size of their country cottage without planning permission were ordered to demolish the entire building. The couple had knocked down a large part of the cottage and replaced it with...