Author Archives: Mrs Markleham

About Mrs Markleham

Employment lawyer, discrimination lawyer, mildly peevish old woman.

Ostentatious breastfeeding

A little off my usual topic today. This one’s about boobs. Continue reading

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World Cup Fever! Why you MUST have a workplace policy on major sporting events

With England’s hopes in the 2014 Fifa World Cup now dashed, does your law firm have a workplace policy to deal with the impact of the next major sporting event? Are you even aware of the dangers? Read on. Continue reading

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Eweida: what it all means

I’ve been trying to work out what the ECtHR’s judgment in Eweida and others v United Kingdom means for UK discrimination law. I won’t spend time dissecting the judgment itself or the facts that have led up to it. This … Continue reading

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Actually, Eweida has a point but she’ll still lose today

Nadia Eweida has a point.

I’m not saying I agree with the way she has handled all this, nor with the “persecution of Christians” narrative with which she (and the religious groups that have funded her case) is now associated. But the EAT and the Court of Appeal made a hash job of deciding her case, and here’s why. Continue reading

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“Beecroft by the back door”: a practical guide to using the government’s “shares for rights” scheme to totally screw over your employees

The government’s “shares for rights” idea has been widely reported over the last few weeks and I haven’t read a great many articles in favour of it. Nowhere in Graeme Nuttall’s review of employee ownership (or in the subsequent government call for evidence) was it suggested that employees be asked to give up their unfair dismissal and redundancy rights (plus others) in order to benefit from a financial stake in the business. This is something the Chancellor has put in at the last minute, to puff up his “deregulatory” credentials at the party conference. In the spirit of deregulation, I set out below my practical guide to hiring new staff with no strings attached. Continue reading

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Protected conversations: all gone quiet

Amid the flurry of employment law announcements made by Vince Cable on Friday, Nick Clegg’s grand plan for workplace “protected conversations” was quietly laid to rest. It was a terrible idea for both employers and employees, and it’s nice to see someone in government has actually been listening for once. Continue reading

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Paralympics on Channel 4: a grumble about the perception of disability

A bit off my normal topics today. After the excitement of the Olympics, which I have to say the BBC covered excellently from start to finish, I was looking forward to seeing what C4 would make of the Paralympics.

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