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Costly Policies? Belfast woman wins £2,000 against concert security staff in diabetes discrimination case

A diabetic Belfast woman has been awarded £2,000 compensation after security staff at a concert confiscated her bottle of fizzy juice. Kayla Hanna, who was 18 at the time of the incident, was carrying Lucozade to provide glucose in the event that her blood sugar levels dropped. However, staff employed at a Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert in Belfast in 2016 confiscated this from her, despite her showing them her diabetes tattoos and insulin pack.

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Supreme Court upholds decision of Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith

On 13th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the appeal of  Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith determining that a plumbing and heating engineer who worked under a contract describing him as a self-employed operative was in fact a worker within the meaning of Section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

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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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