Ben Stepney

Lessons learned from the RAF’s position on positive discrimination

It was reported this year that the RAF’s head of recruitment refused to follow an order that she should prioritise women and ethnic minority candidates over white men, which she said was unlawful, and...


Legal issues on employees working excessive hours

The Reading employment tribunal recently heard how socialite Countess Maya von Schoenburg (the respondent), friend of Lord Rothschild and ex-wife of Mick Flick, told her housekeeper not to get...


Changes to unfair dismissal period will encourage growth

On 6 April this year, the qualifying period for unfair dismissal increased from one to two years’ continuous employment, taking us back to the pre 1999 position. Trade unions have moved swiftly to...


Head teachers will be allowed to sack the worst-performing staff in just a term

The Government has announced new arrangements for performance management of teachers. These changes will come into effect in September 2012 and will apply to maintained schools in England.