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Work experience and internships - what employers need to know

Work experience and internships - what employers need to know

Steve Jobs’ first experience of the workplace was aged 12 following an unsolicited application to the President of Hewlett-Packard. Likewise, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns started out as an intern and, years later, went on to become the first black woman to head up a Fortune 500 company. As we came to the end of a fortnight of work experience here (and I must give thanks to Iman, who was with our team, for the work she did on this blog), I started thinking about the practical implications for...

Disability Discrimination - Recent Case Law

Disability Discrimination - Recent Case Law

Disability discrimination can be a particularly difficult area for employers to navigate. Employers often feel like they are treading on egg shells once on notice that an employee may be disabled; trying to balance the demands of the business with accommodating the needs of the employee. As is often the way, the particular circumstances of a case will be key, which makes it hard to offer set rules in terms of dealing with matters involving disability. However, two recent rulings provide some...

Brexit - Home Office guidance for employers

Brexit - Home Office guidance for employers

The MPs have headed off with their wheelie cases and flip flops, Love Island is nearing its dramatic end (I still think Dani and Jack) and the heatwave continues. However, someone in the Home Office may be particularly light of heart having just put a big tick on their “To-Do” list as they pressed “send” on the Government’s Employer Toolkit for EU citizens and their families.

Paid to sleep on the job?

Paid to sleep on the job?

Should a worker be entitled to the national minimum wage for each hour during "sleepover shifts"? This was the key question asked in the recent Court of Appeal joined cases of Royal Mencap v Thompson Blake and John Shannon v Jakishan and Prithee Rampersad (t/a Clifton House Residential Home). This highly anticipated case has given much needed clarity on this question, particularly for the care home sector. However, this may not be the end of the matter as Unison have indicated that they inten...