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Plumbing the depths of employment status as the gig economy gathers steam

Plumbing the depths of employment status as the gig economy gathers steam
Plumbing the depths of employment status as the gig economy gathers steam Akua Reindorf analyses Pimlico Plumbers v Smith in the Court of Appeal and provides a round-up of employment status reports and inquiries. Where are we now? Well over two years have passed since the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down judgment in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smi...
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Putting Women on the front foot: The joint committee report on high heels and dress codes at work

Putting Women on the front foot: The joint committee report on high heels and dress codes at work
Akua Reindorf considers the implications of the latest recommendations concerning the use of sexist dress codes at work. Summary The Joint Committee report on high heels and dress codes at work shows that discriminatory dress codes can promote the sexualised objectification of women at work, disadvantage people with disabilities, inhibit employment...
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Immigration Act 2016—language requirements for public sector workers

Immigration Act 2016—language requirements for public sector workers
Immigration analysis: What will the Immigration Act 2016 (IA 2016) mean in practice? Akua Reindorf, a barrister at Cloisters Chambers, considers the key provisions relating to language requirements for public sector workers. What are the main provisions relating to the English language requirement? The English and Welsh language requirement contain...
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Akua Reindorf addresses the annual conference of the Council of Employment Judges

Akua Reindorf addresses the annual conference of the Council of Employment Judges
Akua Reindorf was invited to address the annual conference of the Council of Employment Judges in Harrogate on 7 May 2016. She spoke on the subject of “Working Abroad and Territorial Jurisdiction”, joining distinguished speakers HHJ Peter Clark, HHJ Jenny Eady, HHJ Mary Stacey, Lord Justice Ryder and Sean Jones QC.   Cloisters  has signif...
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Equality, discrimination and the marginalised: The Immigration Bill 2015-16 and employment rights for migrants

Equality, discrimination and the marginalised: The Immigration Bill 2015-16 and employment rights for migrants
By Akua Reindorf Introduction The Immigration Bill 2015-16 was introduced on 17 September 2015 by a press release declaring that the Government’s intention is to make it “tougher than ever before” for illegal migrants to live in the UK. The press release is unambiguous in its message that tough action will be taken to crack down on those they deem ...
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Employment Tribunal awards over £832,000 for sexual harassment to former NHS Director represented by Akua Reindorf

Employment Tribunal awards over £832,000 for sexual harassment to former NHS Director represented by Akua Reindorf
Akua Reindorf represented the successful Claimant, Helen Marks,  in a sexual harassment and sex discrimination case against Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The Employment Tribunal this week awarded Ms Marks £832,711 for injury to feelings, aggravated damages, personal injury and loss of earnings. See Marks v Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Fou...
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Using the Protection from Harassment Act in the employment field

Using the Protection from Harassment Act in the employment field
Akua Reindorf and David Massarella discuss how the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is a flexible tool which can be used by employment practitioners in situations that the more familiar harassment provisions in the Equality Act 2010 cannot cover. It was originally created to target stalkers, but the definition of 'harassment' within the PHA is b...
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Gay police officer PC Dan Lichters wins discrimination claim against the Metropolitan Police

Gay police officer PC Dan Lichters wins discrimination claim against the Metropolitan Police
The Metropolitan Police has again lost a major discrimination claim brought against it by a serving officer. Akua Reindorf represented PC Lichters in his claim for direct sexual orientation discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The Met's beleaguered Fairness at Work (FAW) grievance procedure was also criticised for failing to provide any me...
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