Employment Law Update November 2019

The latest employment law news and case law.
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Is vegetarianism as a philosophical belief?

An employment tribunal has decided that an individual's belief in vegetarianism is not protected by the Equality Act 2010.


Dismissal for long-term sickness

A person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to do day-to-day activities. To be 'long-term' an impairment must have lasted, or be likely to last, at least 12 months.


Discriminatory job adverts

Are your job adverts accidentally putting off potential applicants? A new LinkedIn report has looked at the language used in job adverts and found that certain things can deter a potential applicant from applying.


Welcome to the team, Chris

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that our team has grown. Chris Dobbs joins Kate and me to help with the increasing workload we have seen over the very busy last twelve months.

A graduate of Loughborough University and Guildford University of Law, he has relocated to Christchurch, having spent the last four years with a firm in Surrey, dealing mainly with unfair dismissal and workplace discrimination claims.

Those of you who came to our most recent training event will have met Chris already. He joined me and guest speaker John Sephton to talk about workplace mediation.

The addition of Chris to the Frettens Employment Team means that we are now one of the largest and most experienced specialist teams in the area. The Team was again recommended in this year’s Legal 500, an independent guide of UK law firms, and both Kate and I were listed as recommended individuals.

Chris comments “I am delighted to have joined an already strong and experienced Employment Law team. Moving not just to a new firm but to a completely new town was a huge step for me; the welcoming and positive attitude of everyone at Frettens has made it so much less daunting.  That same openness is key to the firm’s excellent approach to client service and I look forward to what the future has in store for us as a team.”

We will be visiting many of our existing clients in the coming months to introduce Chris, so please do not hesitate to give me a call if you would like us to come and see you.

November 2019
Paul Burton
Associate - Head of Employment
Paul is an employment solicitor specialising in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
01202 499255
Kate Fretten
Partner - Employment
Kate specialises in both contentious and non-contentious employment issues.
01202 499255
Chris Dobbs
Employment Solicitor
Chris acts for both employers and employees whether in disputes and tribunal work or providing HR advice.
01202 499255
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Wednesday 11th November

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