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Nixon v Ross Coates Solicitors & Anor UKEAT/0108/10/ZT
Ensure that Employees are clear on behaviour during office parties including potential discriminatory gossip afterwards and ensure that grievances are dealt with promptly.Read more...
The claimant was in a relationship with one of the solicitors employed by the respondent. The respondent organised a Christmas party. During the party, the claimant was seen kissing the IT manager and at the end of the evening they were seen leaving together and were said to have shared a hotel room. After the party, the claimant went on holiday and was then ill and by the time she returned to work members of staff had become aware that she was pregnant.
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With the current Ebola outbreak making news headlines, Employers may be considering what steps can and should be taken in the event that an Employee has recently travelled to an area that is experiencing a significant rate of infection. The World Health Organisation has stated the "risk of a tourist or businessperson becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported." Nevertheless, Employers understandably want to ensure a safe workplace.Read more... Link
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Employment Tribunal Awards
Until 1999 the statutory maximum limits on monetary awards, which employment tribunals could make, were fixed on a somewhat haphazard and irregular basis. This has now been changed. The Secretary of State must now make annual orders to index-link most maximum limits by reference to changes in RPI for September, up or down, in each year.
The amount of compensation awarded following an employment tribunal will depend on the nature and outcome of the case.
The proposals in the Government's 2006 White Paper on Personal Accounts, the aim of which is to introduce "soft compulsion" into workplace pension provision, are now coming to fruition. On 27 October 2010 the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, confirmed that the Government would proceed with implementing the reforms set out in the Pensions Act 2008 and accompanying regulations, subject to the relatively minor changes recommended by an independent review of the proposed regime.
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