Employment Law Weekly News Update – 6 July 2017

In this edition:

• An ET awards £24,000 for pregnancy discrimination after a pregnant employee’s fixed-term contract was ended, despite prior agreement to an extension, and the employer could provide no adequate explanation.
• The Court of Appeal have ruled that the Simmons v Castle 10% uplift to general damages in civil claims does apply to personal injury and injury to feelings awards in employment tribunals.
• BSI, the business standards company, has launched a new standard for employers to provide guidance for good practice on valuing their employees through diversity and inclusion.
• Latest BEIS national statistics on trade union membership show that around 6.2 million employees in the UK were union members in 2016, a decrease of 275,000 (4.2%) from 2015.