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Commercial Contracts Technology and Procurement Quarterly Brief – March 2023
Welcome to the March 2023 edition of our Commercial Contracts Technology and Procurement Quarterly Brief!
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Disability Discrimination
In McQueen v General Optical Council the EAT considered whether an employee’s inappropriate conduct in the workplace was something arising from his disability and therefore protected under Equality Legislation.
Tenant Satisfaction Measures – The new standard comes into force on 1 April 2023
From 1 April 2023, all registered providers, that own 1,000 or more units of social housing stock, must calculate and publish all TSMs on an annual basis.
Service of a Notice Seeking Possession on a Local Authority Tenant is effective if ‘left at the property’
The Court of Appeal recently held in the case of Birmingham CC v Bravington [2023] EWCA Civ 308 that a notice seeking possession handed to a tenant’s girlfriend at the tenant’s address amounted to good service.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Statutory Rates
As the start of a new tax year approaches there will be an increase to the statutory rates payable for certain employment rights that will apply from April 2023. We have detailed these in this week’s blog below.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Controversial posts on social media
In the last week headlines have been dominated by Gary Lineker, having been suspended by the BBC due to a comment he made on his personal social media account about the Government’s asylum policy.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Dealing with employee grievances
In Autumn 2022 XpertHR carried out a survey of 158 UK organisations and their employees. The results showed that almost a third of organisations surveyed had seen a rise in employee grievances over the past two years, with the top three reasons being bullying or harassment at 67 per cent, relationships with managers at 54 per cent and relationships with colleagues at 49 per cent.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Effective dismissal letters
In Meaker v Cyxtera Technology UK Ltd the EAT held that a ‘without prejudice’ letter to an employee was an effective dismissal letter despite it stating that the termination of employment was by mutual agreement, which was not the case, and enclosing a draft settlement agreement with an associated offer of an ex-gratia payment.
The Building Safety Act’s new framework for higher-risk buildings begins to take shape
Ten months have passed since the Building Safety Act received Royal Assent. Attention now turns to the wave of new regulations to be passed to implement the new framework for higher-risk buildings.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Striking out claims for non-cooperation of a claimant
In the case of Smith v Tesco Stores the Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a decision to strike out a claim where the claimant, who was a litigant in person, acted in a manner that was considered vexatious.
D-BRIEF – Employment & Pensions Blog: Indirect sex discrimination
A new working pattern can be found to be a Provision, Criterion or Practice (PCP) that has been ‘applied’ for the purposes of an indirect discrimination claim, even where an employee has not actually had to work under this arrangement.
Devonshires Housing Conferences 2023: Birmingham Programme Announced
In this fast-moving operating environment, we are keen to ensure that our housing clients are able to keep updated on key regulatory, legal and commercial changes.