Employment Law Blog

EEOC: NYC Systematically Discriminates Against Minority Women

by Levine and Blit November 19, 2015 Employment Law

A finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in response to a 2013 complaint on behalf of more than 1,000 current and former city workers by Local 1180 of the Communication Workers of America has found that New York City has spent the past decades discriminating against entry-level black and Hispanic female employees.  The […]

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How do I get a compromise agreement?

by Direct 2 Lawyers May 7, 2013 Compromise Agreements

This post takes a brief look at compromise agreements in employment law and, specifically, how you may be able to negotiate with your employer for/on the compromise agreement. It looks at the following issues: What is a compromise agreement? How can I get a compromise agreement? Do I need a solicitor for my compromise agreement? […]

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Who should be advising you on your compromise agreement?

by Redmans Solicitors January 30, 2013 Compromise Agreements

If you’re entering into negotiations relating to a compromise agreement (soon to renamed a settlement agreement) then your employer has an obligation to inform you that you should obtain independent legal advice from a relevant legal adviser. An issue for employees is therefore: who is a relevant legal adviser and where can you get in […]

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Teacher dismissed for pruning hedge was unfairly dismissed

by Employment Law Advice Solicitors January 30, 2013 Employment Law

A former teacher at a secure unit for problem youngsters in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, has won her unfair dismissal claim against her former employers after she was dismissed in 2011 for allegedly breaching health and safety rules, reports the Telegraph. Ms Tracey Smith, 43, worked for Sheffield Council at Aldine House, a secure unit for […]

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Corporate director at Tower Hamlets Council settles discrimination claim for “£100,000”

by Direct 2 Lawyers January 30, 2013 Employment Law

The East London Advertiser reports that a discrimination claim brought against Tower Hamlets council by one of its most senior staff members has been settled for (reportedly) £100,000 after the claim was withdrawn and dismissed. Mr Aman Dalvi, corporate director for development and renewal services at Tower Hamlets council, brought the discrimination claim against his […]

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Former banker makes disability discrimination claim against Credit Suisse

by Employment Law Advice Solicitors January 11, 2013 Employment Law

A recent Bloomberg news article reported that a former trader at Credit Suisse was pursuing claims for personal injury and a claim for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination after he was sacked in 2009. Mr Asid Mohamedali, who apparently earned approximately £2.5 million a year, worked for Credit Suisse in their European credit tracing team […]

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Can I propose a compromise agreement to my employer?

by Direct 2 Lawyers January 9, 2013 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve recently experienced problems at work and believe that it won’t be possible to continue your employment with your current employer then you may want to resign from your job or negotiate a mutual termination of your contract. In the majority of such circumstances employees are will want to safeguard any payments that they’re […]

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Do I have to sign my compromise agreement?

by London Compromise Agreement Solicitors January 4, 2013 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve been offered a compromise agreement then one of the principal things you’ll want to know is whether you’re obliged to sign your compromise agreement or not. We’ll address that issue in this post by examining the following elements: What is a compromise agreement? How do I know whether my compromise agreement is satisfactory? […]

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Grievances and time limits in the Employment Tribunal

by Direct 2 Lawyers December 19, 2012 Employment Law

As the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision of Croker v Surrey County Council [2012] UKEAT 0358/11/JOJ makes explicitly clear, employees often fall into difficulties when it comes to the calculation of their Employment Tribunal “limitation date” if they have an ongoing grievance with their employer. When the limitation date falls depends, to a great extent, […]

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Conditional contractual benefits and compromise agreements

by Redmans Solicitors December 17, 2012 Compromise Agreements

The recent case of Imam-Sadaque v Bluebay Asset Management (“Bluebay”) has received a great deal of press coverage – mainly, one assumes, because of the tale of intrigue, duplicity and wrongdoing that occurred in the City of London. In this post we’ll take a look at the case of Imam-Sadaque v Bluebay and draw some conclusions about […]

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Is Confined Space Training Applicable In Your Workplace?

by BritanniaSafety November 22, 2012 Accident Claims

The Health and Safety Executive recently released their annual statistics showing that fatal accidents in the work place are steadily declining again (after a rise in 2010/11). A provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2011/12 is 173. Although this figure could be attributable to a number of causes it is worth […]

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Tribunal statistics for 2011-12 out

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 20, 2012 Employment Law

The Employment Tribunal statistics that cover April 2011 to March 2012 were released earlier this year. This post will give a flavour of what those statistics show and how the Employment Tribunal has been faring in the statistics for the past twelve months. We’ll do so by examining: The overall picture Unfair dismissal claims Discrimination […]

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Proving disability in a discrimination claim

by Direct 2 Lawyers November 12, 2012 Disability Discrimination

If you’ve submitted a disability discrimination claim to the Employment Tribunal then, in order to succeed, you will need to show that you’re disabled. This may seem like a trite statement but it is one of the most important ‘hurdles’ to clear in a discrimination claim. Sometimes the Respondent will accept that you have a […]

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How can a compromise agreement go wrong?

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 31, 2012 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve entered into a compromise agreement or have been offered a compromise agreement then you’ll naturally be concerned with not only maximizing the “upside” of your compromise agreement (i.e. increasing the compensation to you) but also with minimizing the “downside” to the agreement (i.e. preventing the compromise agreement from being disadvantageous to you). This […]

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Preparing for a disciplinary hearing – common pitfalls

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 26, 2012 Employment Law

If you’ve been invited to a disciplinary hearing then you will want to prepare as thoroughly as you can for the hearing – after all, a negative outcome from the disciplinary hearing can have serious adverse effects on your career prospects. You could, in the worst case scenario, end up losing your job. This post […]

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I think that my redundancy is a sham – what should I do?

by Redmans Solicitors October 12, 2012 Employment Law

If you’ve been informed that you’re going to be made redundant then you’ll be concerned to ensure that the redundancy process that you’re being put through is fair. Although it always isn’t the case redundancy processes can often be “shams” – they’re simply used as a convenient means for employers to dismiss “problem employees” where […]

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The hazards of compromise agreements – what employees should be aware of

by Direct 2 Lawyers October 3, 2012 Business Law

If you’re considering entering into a compromise agreement this will waive your rights to any unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal or discrimination claim you may have (among other claims). You’ve therefore got to be careful about not undervaluing any agreement and should obtain the best legal advice possible in the circumstances. If you’re entering into a […]

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How much statutory maternity leave is an employee entitled to?

by Redmans Solicitors September 25, 2012 Employment Law

As an employee if you’re pregnant or you have just given birth to your child then you are entitled to take a period of maternity leave from work. How long this period of maternity leave is and whether you can be paid for it depends on a number of factors, such as the length of […]

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How to submit a claim for constructive dismissal

by Direct 2 Lawyers September 10, 2012 Employment Law

If you think that you’ve got a claim for constructive dismissal then you’ve got two choices as to how you can proceed. You can either: Instruct an unfair dismissal solicitor; or Submit and undertake your claim yourself There are advantages and disadvantages to both instructing a solicitor and undertaking the claim yourself but we’re not […]

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Restrictive covenants in compromise agreements

by Redmans Solicitors August 30, 2012 Compromise Agreements

Compromise agreements are commonly used to compromise potential employment litigation. In exchange for a sum of money (or some other consideration) the employee promises not to exercise their right to sue their employer for a number of things (including, among others, unfair dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract). However, employers often require that the employee […]

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Zero hour contracts and claiming unfair dismissal

by Redmans Solicitors August 26, 2012 Employment Law

Zero hour contracts are a hot (and relatively new) topic in the employment law world. They are typically used by employers to reduce the legal obligations that they are supposed to honour to their employees and have been much-criticised as a way or “ripping off” young workers. However, conversely, it has also been argued that […]

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Annual Leave: is your booking policy clear enough?

by Natasha Swan August 21, 2012 Employment Law

The school holidays, when the majority of staff wish to take their annual family holiday. Michael Nadin, Employment Solicitor at Alsters Kelley LLP, explains the importance of a clear annual leave booking policy within the workplace, especially over the school holidays. Whilst many businesses tend to be quiet at this time of year, with suppliers […]

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Compromise agreements – when should you seek to negotiate the agreement?

by Redmans Solicitors August 8, 2012 Compromise Agreements

Compromise agreements can be potentially tricky and daunting for employees. They generally mark a distinct change in their life (as they often terminate the contract of employment), are contentious and are written in “legalese”. As compromise agreements are so important to employees it’s understandable that they may want to negotiate some terms of the agreement […]

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Compromise agreements: 10 essential factors to consider when entering into a compromise agreement

by Redmans Solicitors July 31, 2012 Compromise Agreements

If you’ve been offered a compromise agreement then it can be a stressful time for you. You’ll want to get the best advice possible on your agreement to make sure that you’re covering all your bases and aren’t being short-changed for giving up your rights. This post therefore offers some advice on what you should […]

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Are You A Victim Of Unfair Dismissal?

by emmadigirank June 29, 2012 Employment Law

Unfair dismissal is the term used when an employee has their employment terminated without having been given a fair reason for the dismissal. Employers are given the right to dismiss employees if they breech company policy, steal or are not performing well for example, however employers cannot simply dismiss  an employee without a valid reason. […]

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