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Was dismissal for long-term absence relating to post-natal depression discriminatory?

No, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) in the case of Lyons v DWP Jobcentre Plus UKEAT/0348/13.

ACAS Early Conciliation introduced from 6 April 2014 - Some Questions Answered

The ACAS Early Conciliation scheme was introduced on 6 April 2014. Whilst the scheme has been launched from this date, it will not be mandatory for claimants until 6 May 2014.

MPs become "Prescribed Person" for whistleblowing purposes

Under whistleblowing legislation, whistleblowers should usually, in the first instance, make a protected disclosure to their employer. However, certain disclosures will still be protected under the legislation if they are made to a “prescribed person” other than their employer.

Employers can no longer reclaim SSP from Government

From 6 April 2014, employers are no longer able to reclaim statutory sick pay (“SSP”) from the Government.

Legislative Changes 6 April 2014 - a summary

6 April 2014 saw a number of employment legislation changes come into force. Below is a useful summary of the changes:

Avoiding discrimination whilst preventing illegal working - draft code of practice published

The Government has published a draft statutory code of practice for employers on how to avoid unlawful discrimination whilst trying to prevent illegal working.

Emails to different recipients amounted to a protected disclosure when considered together

In the case of Norbrook Laboratories (GB) Ltd v Shaw UKEAT/0150/13, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a series of emails addressed to different recipients amounted to a “protected disclosure”.

Tribunal Award Limits Increased

The Government has announced the new Employment Tribunal Award Limits for 2014.

Government announce new implementation date for changes to the right to request flexible working

The Government has announced that the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees will come into force on 30 June 2014 (not on 6 April 2014 as previously stated).

Employee's covert recording of private discussions at disciplinary/grievance hearings were admissible

In Punjab National Bank v Gosain, an employee, Ms Gosain had made covert recordings of her grievance and disciplinary hearings. The recordings were of both the hearings themselves and of private discussions by her employer (“the Bank”) during breaks in the hearings.

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