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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Dismissing an employee without warning for serious misconduct is not automatically unfair

It is generally considered that in cases of misconduct, an employer can only dismiss without prior warnings where there has been a finding of gross misconduct. However, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently made a decision indicating that this is not necessarily so, and ‘serious’ misconduct may also result in dismissal without warning depending on the circumstances of the case. 

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New Guidance Published on Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination - What Do Employers Need To Know?

On 17th May 2018, The Government Equalities Office (“GEO”) published its guidance on how employers can ensure dress codes are not discriminatory.

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Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Russia, football fans will have their eye on the ball, despite Scotland’s absence.

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Failure to pay a man enhanced pay during shared parental leave does not amount to direct sex discrimination but could amount to indirect sex discrimination

On 11th April 2018, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) held that failure to provide full pay to a man taking shared parental leave, where women are given enhanced maternity pay, did not amount to direct sex discrimination. However on 1st May 2018, in a case of similar circumstances, the EAT stated that enhancing maternity pay but not shared parental leave pay may potentially amount to indirect discrimination. This article looks at the facts of both cases, the EAT’s decisions and where this leaves employers.

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