Five things we learnt in employment law this week (3 June 2019)

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James Rhodes, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

  1. The Court of Appeal has ruled that it is not discriminatory to pay men on Shared Parental Leave less than an enhanced rate paid to women who are on maternity leave. (Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall)

2. Comments made by a witness under cross-examination at a preliminary hearing are protected by judicial proceedings immunity and cannot form the basis of a victimisation claim (Aston v The Martlet Group Ltd, Employment Appeal Tribunal)

3. A female worker has won her claims for automatically unfair dismissal and pregnancy discrimination after, amongst other things, she was asked in a meeting whether she knew she was pregnant when she accepted the offer of employment. (Walker v Arco Environmental Limited)

4. Experts have found that London has a higher level of productivity in the workplace compared to any other region in the UK. The productivity gap costs the economy £40billion a year.

5. Research has shown that 67% of 18-25 year olds would be deterred from applying for a role where it was not immediately clear what salary the role was offering.

James Rhodes
James Rhodes is an employment partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP (

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