Posts By: Schofield and Associates

The ‘Good Work Plan’ Phase Two – Protecting Vulnerable Workers

<p>Following Matthew Taylor's 2017 <a href=”” target=”_blank”>independent review on modern working practices, entitled 'Good Work'</a>, in February 2018 the <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Government published its response</a> and launched consultations on how best to implement many of the review's recommendations.</p> <p>The Government has now announced phase two of the Good Work Plan, which focuses on protecting vulnerable… Read more »

Self-Employed Radio Presenter Relieved of £140,000 Tax Demands

<p>Distinguishing between employment and self-employment is a multi-faceted task and not just a matter of ticking boxes. That was certainly so in one case concerning a radio personality who was relieved of six-figure tax demands after a tribunal found that he fell into the latter category.</p> <p>The man had for 18 years presented a humorous… Read more »

Mental Capacity – Court Refuses to Authorise Non-Consensual Abortion

<p>Those who lack the mental capacity to make important decisions for themselves still have the right to express their wishes and feelings if they are able to do so &ndash; and judges must listen to them. The Court of Appeal powerfully made that point in ruling against involuntary termination of a disabled young woman&rsquo;s pregnancy.</p>… Read more »

Sexual Stereotyping in the Workplace Exists – But How to Prove It?

<p>Businesses in which women are under-represented in senior roles invite speculation that the imbalance results from discriminatory sexual stereotyping. However, as a case in the context of the banking sector showed, Employment Tribunals (ETs) are required to base their decisions not on surmise but on hard evidence.</p> <p>The case concerned a female vice-president who worked… Read more »

Retailer’s ‘Free’ Bottle of Wine Offer Only ‘Free’ in the Marketing Sense

<p><img alt=”Bottles Of Wine – various Quizzes” src=”″ style=”border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; margin:2px 5px” />Many marketing and promotional campaigns offer &lsquo;free&rsquo; goods to customers. A tax tribunal&rsquo;s decision has, however, established the truth of the popular saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch, or for that matter a free bottle of wine.</p>… Read more »

Brewery’s Well-Meaning Marketing Campaign ‘Discriminatory’, Judge Rules

There is a risk that well-meaning or light-hearted marketing or advertising campaigns may inadvertently stray into the realms of discrimination. A brewery fell into that trap when it marketed a cut-price beer only to those who identified as women in a satirical attempt to highlight the gender pay gap. A customer launched proceedings against the… Read more »