Lucinda Bromfield: Belief in the sanctity of life protected by anti-discrimination legislation

In Hashman v Milton Park (Dorset) Ltd an Employment Tribunal held that a belief in the sanctity of life, including the lives of animals, was a ‘philosophical belief’ and protected under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. Therefore the employee was protected from being treated less favourably because of their philosophical belief. The…

For years, compromise agreements have been used to end employment relationships. In some industries and at certain levels of seniority, compromise agreements are often expected if the employment relationship runs into difficulties. But in the current economic climate employers are becoming more reluctant to offer compromise agreements. So when is it good to compromise? For…

Lucinda Bromfield: It’s a depressing situation – stress at work claims

Yet another survey has shown that employers don’t seem to take complaints of stress and depression seriously. Apart from the employee health, productivity and morale implications, there are good legal reasons why employers need to consider complaints of stress and depression sympathetically. If sufficiently severe, stress and depression can be disabilities under the Equality Act…

Lucinda Bromfield: Increasing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims?

The Government has said that it is considering increasing the continuous service requirement for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two years. This is potentially good news for employers and designed to relieve the burden on them during the difficult economic times. It may also ease the burden on our over stretched Employment Tribunal…

Stress related claims are becoming more common and ‘stress’ is often given as a reason for absence from work. Workplace stress can result from many things, the two most common are workplace disputes and overwork. Lucinda Bromfield of Bevans Solicitors, provides key insights into how to reduce and tackle stress in the workplace; offering a…