A recently published review into black and minority ethnic (BME) progression at work has claimed that the UK economy could receive a boost of £24 billion a year if BME people progressed in work at the same rate as their white counterparts.
Employment Law Updates
Employers may need to accommodate the need for employees with particular religious beliefs to observe their own holidays and festivals. A failure to do so without good reason might amount to indirect discrimination.
We all make mistakes at work, and serious errors can get us into trouble. Indeed, as per the case of Adesokan v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets that a single incident of negligence can – if serious enough – lead to summary dismissal.
Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith
The issue of who is an ‘employee’, who is a ‘worker’ and who falls into neither camp is clearly going to be one of the big issues of 2017. Headlines were made recently by the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith in which a plumber is claiming that he should be able to bring a range of employment law claims even though his contractual documentation stressed that he was self-employed.
The importance of approaching disciplinary matters with an open mind is emphasised in the case of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust v Corbin.