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GP sacked for refusing to call transgender person ‘madam’

A Christian doctor who claimed he was dismissed for refusing to call a transgender woman “she” because of his faith has lost his case at an Employment Tribunal. Dr David Mackereth claimed that he was having an “abstract discussi...


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Companies “should publish their flexible working and family-related policies”

New figures from work-life balance charity Working Families show that both parents/carers and best-practice employers alike are overwhelmingly in favour of greater transparency around companies’ flexible working and family-rel...


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Social media: an acceptable interviewee vetting method?

Employers want to know as much about prospective employees as possible before offering them a role, and in today’s world it’s perhaps not surprising that they sometimes turn to social media as a way of screening. But is this acceptabl...


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Call to scrap sick pay minimum earning threshold

One in ten female workers don’t earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay, according to new TUC analysis published on 4 October. The analysis shows that 1.4 million women employees earn less than £118 a week – the qualifying...


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Thomas Cook insolvency – a lesson in employee rights

In a statement to Parliament, Grant Shapps MP has provided an update on the Thomas Cook collapse and outlined the steps being taken to support employees affected. He said: “The task before us represents the largest peacetime repatriation ...


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No-deal preparations coming at a cost for small firms, says FSB

Small businesses are in urgent need of more government support to overcome a worrying lack of preparedness for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). In the first UK-wide smal...