- Justices will hear the appeal from a Virginia school board about whether 17-year-old Gavin Grimm will be able to use the boys’ restroom at his high schoolThe supreme court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The justices said on Friday they will hear the appeal from the Gloucester County school board some time next year. The order means
- Employment tribunal judge’s ruling will send shockwaves through companies using the same business modelYaseen Aslam. James Farrar. Remember those two names, because they are giant-killers. This summer the men took on not just one £50bn multinational, but an entire business model. On Friday, they won.As minicab drivers for Uber, Aslam and Farrar were deemed to be self-employed. The status meant they were denied the most basic rights that other workers take: no minimum wage, no sick pa
- Judges were right to say that the on-demand industry has not turned our concept of work upside down. Ducking out of paying benefits is not a fair route to profitsIn the tech-utopia of the on-demand economy it is said all can have prizes. Those providing the services in this brave new world supposedly hail the freedom of flexible hours and benefit from the surge-pricing that allows them to hike charges as demand rises. Customers, say the futurologists, love the convenience. There’s no doubt
- In 2011, Virginia police officer Stephen Rankin shot an unarmed man dead. Last year he did it again. The fight to get him convicted is the subject of a new filmKen King is a veteran of the US navy. He worked for 25 years as a policeman in southern Virginia. After retiring at the rank of lieutenant, he took command of a military unit guarding the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay.King does not, therefore, conform to the Donald Trump caricature of those who protest against killings by police of
- Huge growth in driver numbers and forcing down of fares made it impossible to make a living, claims tribunal plaintiff Asif HanifWhen Asif Hanif signed up to work for Uber just over two years ago, he says that like other new drivers he was promised he would be earning £500 a week. Related: Uber loses right to classify UK drivers as self-employedContinue reading...
- Richard Fox, a senior solicitor and head of Kingsley Napley Solicitors, hails the legal ruling in favour of two Uber drivers that they should be classified as workers, not as self-employed. Speaking on Friday, Fox says employment law is now catching up with the way people work and emphasises that this is a comprehensive decision with further ramifications likely to happen. With drivers classified as workers, not as self-employed, Uber must now pay the national living wage
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- As a solicitor contacted by a friend of one of the men arrested in connection with the alleged plot in 2002 to kidnap Victoria Beckham, and asked to represent him, I recall when I attended Charing Cross police station where the suspects were being held following their arrest, finding to my surprise that the police that day knew about as much about the case as I did, or possibly a little less, as I’d had the advantage of reading the story splashed across the News of the World that morn
- Judges who ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed make scathing assessment of the companyThe employment tribunal judges who ruled that the Uber drivers are not self-employed and should be paid the “national living wage” were scathing in their assessment of the company. Among the most unequivocal sections of the judgment were the following:Any organisation ... resorting in its documentation to fictions, twisted language and even brand new terminology, merits, we think, a degree
- The gains from new technology must be fairly shared. To that end, unions will continue to hold the likes of Uber and Deliveroo to accountThe case brought against Uber by a group of its drivers has exposed the dark side of the gig economy. For many workers this is a rigged economy, where bosses can weasel out of paying the minimum wage or providing basics such as holiday pay and rest breaks. Related: Uber loses right to classify UK drivers as self-employedContinue reading...
- Landmark employment tribunal ruling states firm must also pay drivers national living wage and holiday pay with huge implications for gig economyDrivers for Uber have won a landmark case after employment tribunal judges ruled that they were not self-employed and should be paid the “national living wage”.The case, taken by two workers, could open up the tech firm to claims from all of its 40,000 drivers in the UK, and force other companies with tens of thousands of workers in the so-c
- Two pieces of research, one an editors’ survey and another about content, raise the alarm about the lack of reporting of British courts One of the recurring concerns in recent years has been about whether local newspapers are carrying out one of their key public service functions: the coverage of courts.In 2009, there were four separate claims that papers were failing to report court cases adequately. The Press Association’s managing director, Tony Watson, told a committee of MPs loo
- As long as housing is treated as commodity not a right, changes to the law – like Bob Blackman’s bill – will only help so muchWhen I first told the council I was homeless I was 16. It was cold, dark and I was alone. I didn’t have any belongings, but I had been staying at friends’ houses so I was clean and hadn’t been sleeping rough. I was forced to declare myself homeless when a brick was thrown through a friend’s window by a family member, and their saf
- Judge says high court does not have power to overturn political decisions but his ruling will not prejudice other challenges Two of the first legal challenges to Brexit have been rejected by a Belfast courtA high court judge ruled that the Good Friday agreement in 1998 cannot be used to grant Northern Ireland exemption from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Related: Article 50 legal case 'is attempt to reverse Brexit', court toldContinue reading...
- Union cases demanding basic employment rights and paid holidays could affect 40,000 cabbies in the UKAn employment tribunal in London will decide whether Uber drivers should be treated as workers with basic employment rights, in a case that could affect tens of thousands of other people working across the gig economy.The test cases have been brought by the GMB union on behalf of two Uber drivers who argue that the cab-hailing firm is breaching the law by failing to provide them with basic employ
- Media magnate tries to persuade judge that American law professor should present 60-page report to assist his case against Ireland’s parliament Denis O’Brien, the Irish media magnate with a Maxwellian penchant for litigation, has come up with a wonderful wheeze to aid his legal action against Ireland’s parliamentHe wants the Dublin high court to accept opinions advanced by an expert in US constitutional law.Continue reading...
- NGO records hundreds of cases of political violence, which it says are mostly perpetrated by state security forcesPolitical violence in Zimbabwe has increased dramatically in 2016, with record levels of assault, abduction and torture recorded as opposition to Robert Mugabe’s 36-year rule escalates. Around 654 cases of political violence were recorded by a local NGO, the Counselling Services Unit (CSU), as of 21 October, compared to 476 cases in the whole of 2015.Related: Zimbabwe protests
- UK and France accused of breaching human rights as children forced to sleep in makeshift conditions for second nightThe British and French governments were accused of breaching children’s human rights as up to 50 teenagers were abandoned by authorities in Calais and forced into an industrial estate near the cleared-out refugee camp to sleep in makeshift conditions.The teenagers were lured out of the site of the camp in the afternoon with the promise of transport to a reception centre where
- Number of stops fell 28% in 2015-16, but black people were six times more likely to be stopped than white peoplePolice believe they have done enough to avert the government’s threat to pass new laws outlawing the abuse of stop and search powers, despite new figures showing that black people are six times more likely to be targeted by officers than white people.The official figures show a big fall in police use of stop and search for all ethnic groups. While more than eight in 10 incidents
- The Muslim organisation, Cage, have been much derided as terrorist sympathisers, but we should applaud their fight for justice to be even-handedWhen he was a child, Adnan Siddiqui would take the longer route from his home to watch Crystal Palace play football. The short route would pass The Victory pub, from which racists would jeer at him. He smiles at the thought that this same pub is now a mosque, the Thornton Heath Islamic Centre. Not that the racism has vanished from the pubs of his part of
- The women’s rights icon and provocateur discusses Trump’s accusers, why she doesn’t poll other feminists and what a Clinton presidency will do for sexismFrom the moment that Donald Trump denied, in a nationally televised presidential debate, that he had ever groped or kissed a woman without her permission, it was only a matter of time before Gloria Allred got involved. An ambulance chaser to her critics, a righteous crusader to her admirers, the 75-year-old women’s rights
- Warnings about the royal charter underpinning of press regulation come to pass with the Lords amendment to the investigatory powers billBear with me on this. I have to get through a little bit of recent history before I reach the point. I’m going to risk the devil-in-the-detail cliché because it is so apt.For the last couple of weeks, several newspapers have been getting into a lather about the possible triggering of section 40 of the crime and courts act. Continue reading...
- Self-inflicted deaths at a record high and assaults rise 34% as observers condemn ‘toxic mix of violence, death and misery’The Ministry of Justice has explicitly acknowledged that staff cuts are a factor in the rising tide of violence in prisons in England and Wales.The latest figures show that self-inflicted deaths inside jails rose 13% to a record 107 in the 12 months to September, and assaults behind bars increased by more than 34% to 23,775 – about 65 per day – in the
- Perception that the institution targets Africans exclusively has left it vulnerable to a coordinated continental uprisingThe claim that the international criminal court unfairly targets Africans is gaining significant traction after the Gambia became the third country on the continent to announce its withdrawal from the Hague-based tribunal.The move follows similar announcements from Burundi and South Africa, who informed the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, of their decision to quit the court
- Attorney general Jeremy Wright says worries raised by MPs about nature of evidence used in high-profile retrial of Ched Evans are legitimate The law could be reformed to make clear that an alleged rape victim’s sexual history must not routinely be used as evidence in court, the attorney general has suggested.Jeremy Wright told the House of Commons that concerns about the practice were legitimate, after a group of MPs warned that women would be less likely to report rape because of the high
- The justice committee has called for more leniency for offenders aged 18-25. The sad fact is that this already happens if you’re white and not working-classIn many ways I was the stereotype of a troublesome teenager. I used to spend most of my weekends drinking heavily – sometimes in bars or nightclubs, if I managed to blag my way past the bouncers and could afford it, but more often as part of a group of 20 or 30 kids hanging around in a local park. Illegal drugs like cannabis were
- Appeal court was right to quash Anthony France’s conviction... the police should have investigated Rupert Murdoch’s publishing business insteadI am delighted that Anthony France won his appeal against his conviction for aiding and abetting a police officer to commit misconduct in a public office.It was something of a foregone conclusion, with all his colleagues having rightly been cleared. But the fact of it is a relief for him and a further blow to the credibility of the Crown Prose
- Sakharov award goes to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Ashar, who became advocates for Yazidi peopleTwo Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State before escaping and becoming advocates for their people in Iraq have won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were abducted along with other Yazidi women in August 2014 when their home village of Kocho in northern Iraq was attacked by Isis jihadis.Related: Iraqi activist Nadia Murad wins human rig
- Indigenous leaders say move by the attorney general, George Brandis, is a good thing as long as it produces ‘real action’ Indigenous leaders have cautiously welcomed plans for a fresh inquiry into the high rates of Indigenous incarceration, providing it delivers tangible changes in government policy.George Brandis, the attorney general, announced on Thursday that he would ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to investigate the issue, saying the overrepresentation of Indigenous pe
- Change in law in England and Wales would prevent victims of stranger rape being put in unnecessary danger Rape suspects will lose the right to be told the names of their accusers in stranger cases under a move to change the law on sexual assaults. Campaigners claim victims of serious sexual crimes by strangers are frequently put in unnecessary danger by police officers disclosing the name of the accuser to the accused. Related: Female Labour MPs call for legal change following Ched Evans retrial
- Change in law in England and Wales aims to prevent victims of stranger rape being put in unnecessary danger Rape suspects will lose the right to be told the names of their accusers in stranger cases under a move to change the law on sexual assaults. Campaigners claim victims of serious sexual crimes by strangers are frequently put in unnecessary danger by police officers disclosing the name of the accuser to the accused. Related: Female Labour MPs call for legal change following Ched Evans retri
- New guidance represents end of ‘paternalistic’ approach to inform-and-consent between surgeon and patient, after law change Surgeons should stop being “paternalistic” and simply lay out all the options to “let patients choose” whether to undergo surgery, according to radical new guidance for medics. Related: Synthetic blood vessel breakthrough could transform children's heart surgeryContinue reading...
- Mormon-owned Brigham Young University will hire victims’ advocate and add amnesty clause to honor code, which forbids premarital sex and drinkingStudents at Brigham Young University who report sexual assault will no longer be investigated for possible violations of the strict honor code that bans drinking and premarital sex, the Mormon-owned school announced Wednesday in a major reversal to a practice that drew widespread scrutiny.The college accepted several recommendations made by a facu
Hackers take over the official 'Justice League' Instagram account
Update: It looks like Warner Bros. has regained control of the Justice League Instagram account, and the deleted posts have been restored. Unless this is part of a big marketing campaign, it appears that the official Justice League Instagram account ...
- US Justice Dept sets divestiture condition for Wabtec-Faiveley deal
WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it will require Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp (WAB.N) to divest Faiveley Transport North America's (FAIP.PA) entire U.S. freight car brakes business in order for Wabtec to proceed ...and more »
Justice Department to conduct review of Memphis police
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Justice Department has launched a comprehensive review of the Memphis Police Department, officials said Wednesday, after citizens criticized the department's use of deadly force and its treatment of the black community.
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Sandigan justice linked to inmates at it again
Former Assistant Solicitor General and incumbent Sandiganbayan Justice Karl Miranda—whose name was dragged in the controversy hounding the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)—has urged corrections officials to take advantage of the public attention and seek ...
- Former transport minister Stephen Hammond urges government to ‘come clean’ over probable bill to taxpayersThe true cost of Heathrow airport expansion to the taxpayer is not being divulged by the government, according to a Conservative former transport minister, who said ministers needed to “come clean” over the probable £5bn-£10bn public cost for road and rail links.Tory MP Stephen Hammond raised his concerns as it emerged that Heathrow executives would get mi
- Mail & Guardian
Red Cross on ICC exit: Justice, negotiations and peace are not mutually exclusive
Mail & Guardian
On Friday, shortly after news broke of SA's attempt to withdraw from the ICC, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer told the Mail & Guardian his immediate concern with the move was one of perception. “I'm ...
- The view expressed in your editorial (25 October), defending the right of the Belfast bakers to refuse to make a cake supporting gay marriage, simply does not hold water. Icing a cake for an Arsenal supporter does not make the baker an Arsenal supporter. Similarly, icing a cake supporting gay marriage is not an endorsement of those comments by the baker.The equalities act was drafted for good reason. In a free and open democracy it is essential that there is one law for all and that religion can
- Plymouth Herald
How police won the war against vile sex attackers who escaped justice
For decades vile rapists and sex offenders have wandered the streets of Devon and Cornwall having escaped the clutches of justice. However, the tables are being turned despite the passage of time thanks to dogged police work twinned with advances in ...
- The Cheat Sheet
'Justice League': 5 Things We Just Learned
The Cheat Sheet
Fans who thought that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a blast might want to start bracing themselves for next year's DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, namely Wonder Woman and Justice League. While the former is being heralded by some as ...
- Loyola News
Loyola to hold panel focused on environmental justice
Loyola University Maryland presents the annual Commitment to Justice panel series, “Environmental Justice: Beyond Rhetoric,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room. The event is free and open to the public. This year, the ...
- Former PM honoured as ‘ally of the year’ at the PinkNews awards and expresses pride in his role in the legislationFormer prime minister David Cameron has been honoured for introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales as he is recognised as “ally of the year” at the PinkNews awards held in Westminster.In a speech, to be shown at the awards ceremony in Westminster on Wednesday night, Cameron speaks of his pride at the achievement and the “small role” he pl
- Business, energy and industrial strategy committee to investigate rights and treatment of non-permanent staffMPs have launched an inquiry into pay and working conditions in the UK to reflect growing concerns about the rise of casual employment, agency work and the informal gig economy.The business, energy and industrial strategy committee said it would investigate the rights of workers not permanently employed amid unease about exploitation as work becomes more precarious. Continue reading...
Justice Minister Shaked: AG has no veto power over laws
'The attorney general's role is to be an advisor, not a decision-maker,' Shaked says, noting that while legislators receive legal consult from the AG, the final decision should be that of the elected representatives. Tova Tzimuki|Published: 26.10.16 ...and more »
US Justice Department Alleges Go-Between Received Lucrative Payment for Indian Defense Deal - Wall Street Journal (blog)Wall Street Journal (blog)
US Justice Department Alleges Go-Between Received Lucrative Payment for Indian Defense Deal
Wall Street Journal (blog)
U.S. prosecutors alleged that Brazil's Embraer SA paid an agent $5.76 million after it won an Indian defense deal – part of a broader corruption investigation into the aerospace company's conduct.
- Los Angeles Times
Seeking justice — and millions — for families of people killed by police
Los Angeles Times
After Walter Scott was fatally shot last year by a South Carolina police officer, Justin Bamberg stood with Scott's family to demand justice. He did as much after an officer in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Sterling this summer. And last month in ...and more »
- Mother Jones
Chief Justice Roberts "Had It In for the Voting Rights Act"
In 2013, when Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. issued the most far-reaching Supreme Court decision on voting rights in the 21st century, he finally succeeded in gutting a civil rights law he has been fighting his entire career. For three decades, Roberts ...
- The Electronic Intifada
Will ICC see through Israel's sham justice?
The Electronic Intifada
For decades, Israel's crimes against Palestinians living under its military occupation were subject to little more oversight than that of public opinion. This may soon change, and Israel is putting on a show of applying the law in order to evade ...and more »
Ugly questions loom after look at US Justice Department's police racism files: Neil Macdonald - CBC.caCBC.ca
Ugly questions loom after look at US Justice Department's police racism files: Neil Macdonald
Anyone tempted to dismiss the angry, in-your-face tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement — "What's their problem, anyway? Don't all lives matter?" — should spend a little time browsing the special litigation section of the U.S. Department of ...and more »
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