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Latest figures show slight reduction in gender pay gap

The latest figures on the gender pay gap in large businesses show a slight reduction on last year. Legislation introduced in 2017 means that every employer with 250 or more employees has to publish the differences between what they pay their male and female...

Headmaster told disabled teaching assistant: 'I can do what I like'

A teaching assistant was discriminated against by her employer, who did not take the necessary steps to allow her to work in comfort with her disability. That was the decision of the Employment Tribunal in a case involving an assistant who worked at...

New law ensuring all workers receive pay slips comes into effect

New regulations requiring employers to provide payslips for all workers, including those on casual and zero-hours contracts, has now come into effect. An estimated 300,000 people are expected to benefit. From April 6, these payslips must include the number...

Royal Mail employee unfairly dismissed after storing 'obscene material'

A Royal Mail employee was unfairly dismissed after he stored ‘obscene material’ on his online work account. That was the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, which ruled that Royal Mail’s internal appeals policy shouldn’t have...

Female administrator paid 15% less than her male replacement

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a female finance administrator was discriminated against when her male replacement was paid £3,500 more than her. The case involved Mrs J Broom, who had been employed in various roles by Alternative Care Ltd for...

Sub-contractor held liable for loss of rent due to faulty work

A sub-contractor has been held liable for all the compensation a contractor had to pay for damage caused by faulty work, including loss of rent. The High Court was told that the contractor, Ground Construction Ltd, had been employed by a landlord to build a...

Digital signatures now make it easier to re-mortgage your home

The Land Registry says its commitment to developing new digital services is making the process of buying a home simpler and quicker. One of its main innovations is a system allowing homeowners to re-mortgage their property by signing their mortgage deeds...

Court overturns unfair prenups involving Avon cosmetics heiress

Prenups are becoming increasingly popular and although they are not legally binding automatically, they are now usually upheld by the courts if they are fair to both sides. If they are not fair, it’s possible that they will be overturned, as happened...

Directors liable for company's failures over employment rights

Two company directors have been held personally liable for their company’s failures over minimum wage rates, holiday pay and overtime. The case involved Lithuanian nationals who had come to the UK to work for DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd as...

New proposals will give private tenants more security

The government plans to bring an end to unfair evictions with what it describes as the biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation. It will introduce legislation to abolish so called ‘no-fault’ evictions, which are one of the...
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