Five things we learnt in employment law this week (29 June 2018)

employment law five things june 2018
James Rhodes, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP.
  1. A Tribunal has found that a museum was discriminatory when it made an employee redundant, and withdrew her application for a new role, shortly after finding out she was pregnant (Savvides v British Museum).

2. ACAS has produced a new guidance note on overtime, which details the various types of overtime, as well as working time limits and the impact of overtime on holiday calculations. This can be viewed here.

3. Online streaming service Netflix has said it will be implementing training in respect of race, nationality and gender identity after an employee was dismissed for using racist language.

4. The EU Court of Justice has ruled that UK policy on not allowing a transgender woman access to her pension when she turned 60, due to lack of gender recognition certificate, was direct discrimination based on sex. Under UK law the claimant would have had to annul her marriage in order to receive a gender recognition certificate (MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions).

5. A new study has shown that skipping breakfast will cost an employee 82 minutes of their working day due to loss of focus. A big tip for employers has been to implement “team breakfasts” to encourage the morning meal but also to build team morale.

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