Employment Articles

Substantial Disadvantage in an Ill Health Context

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Life has just got a lot easier for Claimants complaining of a failure to make reasonable adjustments in respect of ill health absences following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Griffiths v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 1265 as to the appropriate comparator for the purposes of establishing substantial disadvantage. The Claimant had a number...

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Umrah & Hajj Operators Beware

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Innocent members of the public who have been let down by Umrah / Hajj travel operators at the last minute in the UK or whilst in Saudi Arabia can take some comfort from a Brentford County Court judgement – given on 12/8/2015 after a trial conducted by Dr Mirza Ahmad of St Philips Chambers – in which Mr Changez Khan...

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Patrick Keith Joins St Philips

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St Philips is delighted to announce the arrival of Patrick Keith who joins us from Cornwall Street Chambers. Patrick brings a thriving practice in Employment and Personal Injury litigation and will be based in our Birmingham office. Head of St Philips Employment Ed Beever said “Patrick’s arrival is evidence of our commitment to attracting the best talent in to chambers...

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Flexible Working: The Poor Relation Of The Discrimination Family?

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The current flexible working provisions are often seen as not worth raising as a stand-alone claim. Although they are sometimes tagged on to a discrimination claim, is that all they are good for? Previously just for parents and carers, the right to request flexible working has since 30 June 2014 been extended to all employees[1] with over 26 weeks service. ...

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The Establishment Strikes Back – Iqbal Mohammed

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Iqbal looks at the recent decision in the Woolworths case affecting collective consultation on redundancies. THE ECJ handed down judgement yesterday on the meaning of “establishment” in the EU Collective Redundancies Directive. It held, overruling USDAW v Ethel Austin Limited (“Woolworths case”) that the duty to consult over collective redundancies is triggered where employers propose to make 20 or more...

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Tariq Sadiq named “Barrister of the Year” at this year’s BLS Legal Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Tariq Sadiq has been named “Barrister of the Year” at this year’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards. Tariq received his award from ex-England rugby player Brian Moore and Sue Rivers from Birmingham City University, making it the 4th year running that a member of St Philips has walked away with the title. The judges...

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Public Bodies Beware – Caste Discrimination

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A recent EAT ruling in a case where an employee sought to claim in part for caste discrimination has important implications for public bodies, writes Mirza Ahmad. Before Christmas the President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Mr Justice Langstaff, handed down an important judgment – Chandhok & Anor v Tirkey (Race Discrimination) [2014] UKEAT 0190_14_1912 – which helps to clarify certain aspects...

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Iqbal Mohammed Contributes to Major Academic Work on Social Media

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Iqbal Mohammed has helped publish one of the first major textbooks looking at the rise and influence of social media in the 21st century. Revolutionizing the Interaction between State and Citizens through Digital Communications is published by IG Global and features a dozen contributors from across the world as is the first book taking carrying out a holistic review of social media...

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It’s No Holiday For Specialist Employment Barristers

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  It’s not every day that the government responds to a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal with a taskforce, but then it’s not every day that the EAT makes a ruling with the potential to affect so many employers.   European and domestic decisions mean that some commission and overtime payments must be taken into account when calculating holiday pay....

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