Claire Davies

White worker wins race discrimination claim against food company

March 25th 2021

A white worker at a firm producing Asian food was racially discriminated against after his supervisor told him to “go and work for an English company”. Claire Davies Director and Employment & HR Solicitor reports. The case involved Colin Sorby who worked at Mumtaz Foods on a zero-hour contract with Bradford Management Services. In October 2019, his supervisor Azeem Akhtar told him that Mumtaz Foods was an Asian company and…

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Court lifts injunction preventing employee working at new firm

October 29th 2020

The High Court has lifted an interim injunction restraining an employee from working at another company, Claire Davies Director reports. The case involved Peltrade Ltd, a distributor of energy-producing wood pellets. In March 2018 it had employed Mr Dean Scanlan to trade in premium and industrial quality pellets, but he had worked primarily in the premium pellet sector. His contract of employment contained several post-termination restrictive covenants restraining him from…

Employer must honour settlement agreement despite breach

September 24th 2020

An employer must honour payments set out in a settlement agreement with an employee even though he breached a confidentiality clause. By Claire Davies Director That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Duchy Farm Kennels Ltd and Graham William Steels. Mr Steels had brought claims against Duchy in the Employment Tribunal. A settlement agreement was negotiated in which Duchy agreed to pay Steels £15,000 by…

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Tribunal ‘failed to consider employer’s needs’ in discrimination case

August 20th 2020

The Employment Tribunal failed to properly consider the needs of the employer when dealing with a disability discrimination claim. By Claire Davies Director That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a case involving the Department of Work & Pensions and one of its employees, Susan Boyers. Ms Boyers suffered from migraines, stress and panic attacks. She went on sick leave in February 2017. In March 2017 she…

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Points based immigration system on course as planned for January

June 8th 2020

Claire Davies Director provides an update. The UK’s points-based immigration system is on course to be introduced in January as planned, having passed the crucial second reading stage in parliament. The Immigration Bill introducing the system was approved by 351 votes to 252. Unless there is any unforeseen parliamentary opposition before the bill receives Royal Assent, free movement will end and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system from…

Latest Employment Law Update on Furloughing

April 16th 2020

Latest update from Claire Davies Director and Employment & HR Solicitor. New changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme New guidance published yesterday has confirmed that the eligibility date has been extended to 19 March 2020 – the day before the scheme was announced. Employers can now claim for furloughed employees that were employed and on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. This means that the employee…

Summary of the UK Government’s policy on ‘Furlough’ and the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme

March 24th 2020

As Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors are members of the UK200Group we are able to share with you the latest advice on ‘Furlough’ from Helen Spencer FCIPD, Managing Partner Whittingham Riddell. We hope you will find this beneficial and we will continue to keep you informed of any useful advice during this difficult time. Q: What does the word ‘furlough’ mean? Furlough generally means a temporary leave of absence from work. This…

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Access to help for Businesses – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 19th 2020

Following on from the Budget and the announcement this week from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Government has announced a package of measures to help businesses deal with the coronavirus. The help available is in a number of forms: – Business rates reductions, and grants for businesses who have low rate bills – Extending statutory sick pay (SSP), and allowing employers to reclaim it. – More scope for deferring…

Shaming low paying employers to continue following review

March 12th 2020

The Government is to step up its naming and shaming of employers who fail to pay their workers the National Minimum or Living Wage. Meanwhile, it will increase support for employers to help them comply with low pay legislation. It says the changes, which follow a review of the process, will see naming rounds occur more often to enhance the effectiveness of the deterrent. Ministers have also increased the threshold…

Employers ‘need strong policies against workplace harassment’

February 13th 2020

Employers are being urged to draw up comprehensive policies to protect their employees from  workplace harassment. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says the policies should cover everything from physical intimidation to office banter and jokes. Commission chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath has written an open letter to employers reminding them that “their employees must come to work knowing they will be safe and protected from discrimination, victimisation and harassment…

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