Archived Legal Articles from 2018

Employment & HR


Government loses indirect discrimination appeal


A claim was brought by around 230 judges challenging the government's decision forcing younger judges to leave the judicial pension scheme. Members closest to retirement age were permitted to remain on the scheme, whilst younger judges were transferred to a less generous scheme. The judges claimed…

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Pay in lieu of untaken leave held to accrue to deceased employee's estate


In Wuppertal v Bauer and Willmeroth Broßonn the CJEU has held that the heir of a worker who dies while in an employment relationship with a public or private employer has a right to financial compensation in lieu of the worker's untaken paid annual leave. The right to annual leave was…

Government Considering the Re-Introduction of Tribunal Fees


On 7th November 2018, the Law Society Gazette published an article suggesting that the Ministry of Justice ("the Ministry") has confirmed it may reintroduce fees for employment tribunal claims. Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013; initially around £160, and increasing to &…

Forbes Solicitors Advises Acumen Financial Partnership Over Wyre Deal


Forbes Solicitors have advised West Lancashire-based independent financial adviserÔÇ»Acumen Financial Partnership over the acquisition of Wyre Investment and Financial Management based in Pilling. The deal was completed with the help of Rebecca McCann, a Solicitor in Forbes' Corporate…

Forbes Expands Employment Team With Five New Appointments


Forbes Solicitors has expanded its Employment Team with the appointment of three solicitors and two paralegals. Abigail Mottram, Trishna Modessa, Yara Cherbetji, Charlotte Black and Jason Landa, add expertise in a number of areas and have begun working with a wide range of clients in both the…

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Liability for Individuals (as well as employers) in Whistleblowing Cases


The recent case of Timis v Osipov [2018] EWCA Civ 2321 is sure to have created uncertainty and worry in boardrooms throughout the country. The Court of Appeal held that two individual directors must pay out £2 million in a landmark whistleblowing decision. The judge held for the first time…

Staff handbook: what you should and shouldn't do as employers


This article offers several tips and guidance for employers to ensure best employment practices are being followed when it comes to drafting and managing company handbooks. The importance and significance of a staff handbook cannot be understated. It is a document that outlines a company's…

Cake-smash Clash of Rights Determination by the Supreme Court


It has been impossible to miss the ongoing case of Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and Others . It has courted a great deal of media attention over the course of the last few years given the strength of feeling among members of the public relating to the facts of the case. Facts The case was…

Forbes Launches Expanded HR Complete Employment Solution


An Employment Law & HR solution offered by Forbes Solicitors has been expanded to include a wide range of new complimentary services in a convenient "one-stop-shop" for clients. HR Complete is a bespoke insurance-backed service which launched two years ago to help SMEs get the most…

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Forbes' Ladies Night Raises Vital Funds for CARES Cancer Charity


A night of pampering and beauty treatments organised by Forbes Solicitors has raised £428 for Lancashire cancer charity CARES. The event, at the firm's Oak House office in Walton Summit, included demonstrations as well as canapés and prosecco for the 40 women who attended. The…

Recent EAT finding on the impact of overtime on holiday pay


A recent finding of the EAT in Flowers & others v East of England Ambulance Trust has confirmed that both non-guaranteed and voluntary overtime should be included in an employee's holiday pay calculation provided it was sufficiently regular and settled to amount to "normal remuneration&…

Frequently Asked Questions


How far reaching can a workplace dress code be? In summary, dress codes can be a legitimate part of an employer's terms and conditions of service, but any less favourable treatment because of sex could amount to direct discrimination. While dress policies for men and women do not have to be…

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EAT Overturns Sex Discrimination Finding Regarding Shared Parental Leave


In the recent appeal made by the Respondent in Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali UKEAT/0161/17/BA , the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that failing to pay a father his full salary during shared parental leave, where a female colleague on maternity leave would have received her full salary…

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EAT clarifies position on employer's lack of knowledge of disability


The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently confirmed that the Claimant's strong belief that he has a disability isn't enough to ensure that his employer should be regarded as knowing, or be reasonably expected to know, of his disability. In Toy v Chief Constable of Leicestershire, the Claimant…

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Big Brother at Work


Surveillance and privacy in the work has been under the spotlight recently at the European Court of Human Rights. The cases of Antovic and Mirkovic v Montenegro and Lopez Ribaida & Ors v Spain considered whether video surveillance breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human…

What to expect in 2018 - a guide for employers


With the new year already under way and 2017 having rapidly come and gone, we provide employers with an outline of key issues they should note and take steps to prepare for this year. If 2017 was a busy year for employers, 2018 is expected to be even busier. So, what do you need to know (that…

Does the termination of a fixed-term contract amount to unfair dismissal?


The use of fixed-term contracts is widespread across many industries and business sectors. Whilst the mechanism behind this type of contract appears simple, dealing with the expiry of a fixed-term contract is not always straightforward. The Employment Appeal Tribunal in Royal Surrey County NHS…

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20 Feb 2019

Employment & HR


Employment Appeal Tribunal finding on religious discrimination in nursery case

Ms De Groen had been employed as a teacher by Gan Menachem, an ultra-orthodox Jewish Nursery, since July 2012…

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