No Smoking stickers in vehicles

There has been quite a stir recently following press coverage concerning the duties to display ‘no smoking’ signs in work vehicles. On 27 November 2016, the Kent Messenger ran a story about a van driver who was fined £200 by Canterbury City Council for failing to display a no smoking sign in his van. It was reported that the washing machine repairer and business partner were using the van to deliver to a job when they were approached by the Enforcement Officer and given the fine. After the story broke, I was contacted by concerned clients asking me what the law means for them. Many are aware that since 2006 it has been an offence to smoke in work vehicles. At the time, there was a large me

Menopause – The final frontier for discriminating lawyers

No area of law has developed quite so quickly or quite so comprehensively as the law of Discrimination. Since the Race Relations Act in 1965 and the Equal Pay Act in 1970, we have protected society from discrimination by race, gender, age, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment and have demanded that employers make reasonable adjustments to prevent discrimination in the work place. However, one apparent inequality remains unprotected and this is partly due to the fact that it is almost a taboo subject within our society and partly due to the fact that the victims of discrimination are loathe to admit that they are experiencing the menopause and are going thr

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