Discrimination in the News – Lee v Ashers Baking Company

In the June-July 2015 issue of the HaytonHeyes newsletter we reported on this Northern Ireland case that had been making the headlines. A Christian-run bakery refused a customer’s request to have a cake made and decorated with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The baker was found guilty of discriminating against a gay customer and just […]

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Employment Tribunal Compensation Limit Changes

It has just been announced by the Government that as of 6th April there will be changes to Employment Tribunal awards in: the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal classed as ‘ordinary’ will increase to £78,962 (from £78,335). It is worth noting that the cap is the statutory limit and 52 weeks’ pay of the […]

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Dyslexia in the Workplace

Starbucks hit the media headlines last week following a decision made by an Employment Tribunal that found in favour of a supervisor who had been dismissed. Part of Meseret Kumulchew’s role was to check equipment temperatures in store and record the information on daily records. There were issues with the subsequent data and when the […]

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Employment Claims

A failed Tribunal claim will still cost you money! It has been reported by The British Chambers of Commerce that the average cost to employers defending an Employment Tribunal is approximately £8,500. Depending on the complexities of the case, the cost could be significantly higher.  Avon & Somerset Police recently spent £63,000 in preparing their […]

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The importance of having a social media policy

EAT finds in favour of an offensive Twitter comments case Game Retail v Laws (2014) UKEAT 0188_14_0311 Laws was employed as a risk and loss prevention investigator at Game Retail and was responsible for a third of the company’s 300 stores. In 2012 he set up his own Twitter account and followed ‘his stores’ so […]

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