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Taking Aim: HMRC’s Latest Tax Measures Targeting International Owners of UK Residential Property

Last year, in our article ‘Shifting sands – the UK Revenue’s new approach to UK property ownership through enveloping’, we discussed whether the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) rules, along with the increased Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charges,... Read more

13 Aug 2015

And finally in employment news…

The Ministry of Justice has started a review of the impact of Employment Tribunal and EAT fees, and the fee remissions scheme.

7 Aug 2015

Employment law proposals in Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech on 27 May included the Government’s planned employment law reforms for the next Parliament.

7 Aug 2015

Bakery’s refusal to supply “Support Gay Marriage” cake was direct discrimination

In the much-publicised case of Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd and others, the Northern Ireland County Court has held that the Christian directors of a bakery discriminated against a homosexual customer when they refused his order for a cake... Read more

7 Aug 2015

Employment Appeal Tribunal confirms that time spent attending health and safety and union meetings can be “working time”

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”), working time includes any period during which a worker is working, carrying out their duties and at the employer’s disposal.

7 Aug 2015

Employment Appeal Tribunal considers whether an employee who objects to a TUPE transfer can bring a discrimination claim against a transferee

In Gunn v NHS Direct NHS Trust the EAT considered whether an employee whose employment was due to transfer automatically under TUPE was entitled to resign before the transfer and still bring a disability discrimination claim against the transferee.

7 Aug 2015

Employer was not obliged to put disciplinary process on hold in order to deal with employee’s grievance

Employers are often faced with the dilemma of whether to put a disciplinary process on hold when an employee raises a grievance. In Jinadu v Docklands Buses Limited, the EAT confirmed that in some circumstances an employer does not need... Read more

7 Aug 2015

No discrimination where Muslim job applicant was asked to wear shorter jilbab for health and safety reasons

Indirect discrimination on grounds of religion or belief is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010. It occurs where a provision, criterion or practice (“PCP”) puts job applicants or workers of a particular religion or belief at a disadvantage, unless the... Read more

7 Aug 2015