HR Focus – March 2019

Positive action: First Employment Tribunal case highlights stumbling blocks

In the first decided case on the use of positive action provisions under Section 159 Equality Act 2010, an Employment Tribunal has unanimously found that a police force’s recruitment process directly discriminated against a white, heterosexual, male applicant. London Partner and discrimination law expert Paul McFarlane takes a closer look at this ground-breaking decision.

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Suspending an employee: Our guide to making an informed decision

In Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo the Court of Appeal has this month restored the decision of the County Court that an employer had ‘reasonable and proper cause’ for suspending a teacher accused of having used ‘unreasonable force’ against children. The rocky passage of this case through the courts had highlighted just how difficult the judgement call to suspend an employee can be. Manchester Partner Mark Leach offers expert advice on making an informed decision.

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Immigration update: Changes to immigration rules and ‘right to work’ checks

Immigration law is facing a period of considerable upheaval. It still remains to be seen what the UK immigration regime will look like post-Brexit and what timescales will apply to change. In the meantime however, a raft of important changes to the existing points-based system and the current process for conducting ‘right to work’ checks have been introduced. Glasgow-based Immigration experts Elaine McIlroy and Erin McLafferty explain.

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Confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements: Government consultation

Following a number of high profile headlines about alleged misuse of ‘Non-disclosure agreements’ (NDA’s) the Government has commenced consultation on these clauses and the controversial issue of how far an employer can insist on confidentiality when a settlement agreement is signed. Birmingham Associate, Mark Foster sets out the details.

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Top six employment law changes: April 2019

Brexit aside, we highlight six important employment law developments to watch next month.

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