DJ Fired After Telling Radio Station ‘I’m Gay!’

DJ Fired After Telling Radio Station ‘I’m Gay!’

A DJ who came out of the closet and was fired by a Christian radio station plans to take his case to an employment tribunal to show that employees should not be dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality. Ian Carrington worked at Refresh FM in Manchester as a volunteer producer and radio presenter.  He says the station fired him after he told them he was gay.

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Home Mortgage Support

Home Mortgage Support

New court rules come into effect today, which will force mortgage lenders to tell councils whether they are planning to initiate repossession actions against local residents. Housing Minister John Healey has written to all council leaders saying that when councils hear from lenders taking repossession action against local people this should prompt them to offer practical advice or support for residents struggling to keep their homes. This could include directing them to free debt and…

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Equal Pay Settlements For Underpaid: £1.6 Billion Raised

Equal Pay Settlements For Underpaid: £1.6 Billion Raised

Thousands of underpaid workers stand to get £501m in backdated equal pay settlements, Communities Secretary John Denham announced yesterday. Thirty-seven councils were given the go ahead to borrow against or sell assets up to £501m so they can meet and manage the one-off costs of settling their equal pay promises faster. Since 2006, central government has given English councils permission to raise over £1.6bn for equal pay settlements under a process known as equal pay…

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Immigration 101: Sports Visitors (#6)

Immigration 101: Sports Visitors (#6)

No. 6 – Sports Visitors You only need permission to come to the UK for a sports visit of up to six months if you are a visa national. For more information on visas and to check whether you need a visa, visit the UK Border Agency visa services website. If you a non-visa national, permission to come as a sports visitor for up to six months is not needed.

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Workplace Exploitation Of Migrants

Workplace Exploitation Of Migrants

The Government has announced new funding to tackle workplace exploitation of migrants. Around £3 million over two years will be allocated to projects that enforce basic workplace rights like health and safety and the national minimum wage.

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Civil Servant Invented 1,400 Children In £1.2m Tax Credit Fraud

Civil Servant Invented 1,400 Children In £1.2m Tax Credit Fraud

Civil servant John Brian Agdomar, 42, from Hackney, East London, and an accomplice, Olanekan Omatayo Ogunmekan, 35, from Bethnal Green, London, have been jailed for four and a half years for conspiracy to commit tax credit fraud and acquiring criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  The pair fabricated more than 1,400 fictitious children, hijacked hundreds of identities and illegally claimed more than £1.2m in tax credits, before being rumbled by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigators…

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Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination Law

Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination Law

Workplace sexual orientation discrimination law protects you if: you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual; people think you are gay, lesbian or heterosexual (when, in fact, you are not); or you have gay friends or visit gay clubs. The law prohibits discrimination in all areas of employment, including: recruitment; employment terms and conditions; pay and benefits; work status; training; promotion and transfer opportunities; redundancy; & dismissal.

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Immigration Scam: Chinese Conman Behind Bars

Immigration Scam: Chinese Conman Behind Bars

A Chinese conman behind a fake document scam to defraud immigrants was sentenced to four-and-half years in prison yesterday. Xiang Li, 29, of Stratford, London, who denied the charges, ran two bogus law firms, issued fake passports and work permits, and even staged a phoney citizenship ceremony where unsuspecting immigrants were greeted by actors playing the parts of officials and local dignitaries against a backdrop of a picture of the Queen and the Union flag.

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Default Retirement Age Lawful… For Now

Default Retirement Age Lawful… For Now

Currently, under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, employers can require all staff to retire at 65 – the default retirement age (‘DRA’) – regardless of their circumstances and even if they don’t want to retire, so long as they follow the correct procedure. 1.4 million people choose to work beyond 65, however, and many more would like to carry on working, but are prevented from doing so by their employers. Heyday challenge In 2006, the National Council on Aging began a…

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Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Orders

The Government has announced plans to introduce new Domestic Violence Protection Orders, also known as ‘Go’ orders.  These would ban perpetrators of domestic violence from their homes for up to a fortnight, while giving victims breathing space to consider their options and seek support to escape abuse.

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