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Here at THSP, we have had an incredibly busy year and we thought that we would share some of our highlights with you.
Is it discriminatory for a devout Christian baker to refuse to bake a cake bearing the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’? No, the Supreme Court has said in Lee v Ashers Bakery. Mr Lee is a gay rights activist in Northern Ireland. He ordered a cake saying ‘Support Gay Marriage’.
Economist and workplace commentator Stephanie Hare has published ideas on why British productivity is so low – meetings. According to Ms Hare, conference calls and video conferencing are the worst offenders.
Can co-workers be liable for whistleblowing dismissals along with the employer?
It seems, at long last, that we are finally getting somewhere with regard to the provision of mental ill health first aid.
Is an employer liable for a drunken assault which happens after a work party has finished? Sometimes, said the Court of Appeal in Bellman v Northampton Recruitment. Mr Major was managing director of Northampton Recruitment.
Should an employer always have a meeting before dismissing an employee for some other substantial reason (SOSR)? Not always, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Hawkes v Ausin Group.
The Law Commission has issued a consultation paper on reforming the court structure for employment law and associated claims. It is seeking views on several issues including:
Is it harassment to call an employee a ‘fat ginger pikey’? Not in Evans v Xactly the Employment Appeal Tribunal has said. The employee was a sales executive with type 1 diabetes and links to the traveller community.