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Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors Blog

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.
Can an employer be vicariously liable for a breach of data protection duties owed by the employer to its employees where an individual employee is responsible for the breach? Yes, according to a recent decision of the Court of Appeal. In a fairly top
The Supreme Court has ruled that it was not discriminatory for a Belfast bakery run by Christians to refuse to make a cake iced with a gay rights slogan, as the refusal was based on the message and not on any particular person. The Background In 2014
A new employment right of bereavement leave for grieving  parents has been officially enshrined in law after being given the royal stamp of approval. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill, introduced following campaigns by a number of gr
 As Serena Williams continues her comeback from  maternity leave  at the U.S. Open, the debate about her treatment as a new mother returning to work rages on. Last week, the French Open announced that the much-celebrated cat-suit worn
The Swedish labour court has awarded a Muslim woman compensation after she was discriminated against in a job interview for refusing to shake hands on religious grounds. Farah Alhajeh, 24, was interviewing for a job as an interpreter at a language se
The summer of 2018 is already being compared with the long, hot scorcher of 1976. Records have been broken across the UK, and while we seem to be enjoying a brief respite – with rumours of a return of the heatwave and a 3 month long Indian Summer – w
Trans campaigners are hoping for a simpler path to legal recognition of gender change following the government’s announcement that it is reviewing the process.  Elsewhere, the High Court in England has set an important precedent on the righ
An employment tribunal has ruled that a belief in Scottish independence qualifies as a “philosophical belief” under The Equality Act 2010 and accordingly benefits from the anti-discrimination protections of the Act.
Westminster’s Women and Equalities Committee has now produced its report on sexual harassment in the workplace after a six-month investigation. The report was initiated earlier this year in light of widespread reports of instances of sexual harassmen
Employers and employees alike will often ask for advice in relation to references after an employment relationship has ended. This is an issue we are often asked about and it is surprising how often some common misconceptions arise. Firstly, clients
In a recent case, the Court of Appeal held that a fair dismissal can amount to discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act where an employee is dismissed for misconduct caused by their disability. This can be the case even if the employer did not know that the disability caused the misconduct.
The recent stream of high profile cases dealing with worker status in the gig economy have considered whether individuals can be considered workers, as opposed to self-employed contractors, against the backdrop of claims for monetary rights and benefits such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.