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A brief but impactful MMD this week. We have several important updates on the Podcast, including employment tribunal matters involving WhatsApp groups and regulatory updates on the Online Safety Bill and voluntary interviews.

We are also excited to promote an Equality and Diversity seminar that will be held at Headingley Stadium on the 7 March 2024, where we are honoured to be joined by Rugby League legend and the current Head of Culture Diversity and Inclusivity at the Leeds Rhinos, Jamie Jones-Buchanan MBE. To register your place at the event please respond to this email or contact us at


Episode 15: No Reason to be Here.

Join Sam and Nils this week as they discuss the Employment Tribunal case of A Lad -v- Lily Head Dental Practice Sales Ltd and the recently released Online Safety Bill.

Nils will also be answering the question ‘what is a voluntary interview’?

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In the News


There have been lots of relevant employment law/HR updates this week.

Removing female staff from WhatsApp groups while they are on maternity leave is discrimination.

This judgement came after a Claimant brought a claim against her employer for pregnancy and maternity discrimination. The Claimant told the tribunal that a male colleague removed her from the WhatsApp group when she went on maternity leave and refused to let her back in the group during this period, insisting that there was “no reason” for her to be in the group whilst she was off. The Claimant felt isolated, and she was unable to keep up with work updates, social events, or general chatter on the group. The tribunal held that the Claimant suffered unfavourable treatment and a detriment by the Respondent’s decision not to put her back on the WhatsApp group and upheld her claim of discrimination.


We have lots of exciting events coming up which we would love for you to be a part of.

To register your interest in any event, please email We look forward to seeing you there!

Equality and Diversity with the Leeds Rhinos




Thursday 7 March 2024


8:30am – 10:00am


Headingley Stadium


Chadwick Lawrence is proud to present an Equality & Diversity Seminar Event with the Leeds Rhinos.

Our presenters Sam Pawson, Neil Wilson, and Jamie Jones-Buchanan MBE will present on the legal implications of equality and diversity and discuss how this operates in practice.



Through our relationship with Tailored Learning Solutions who provide mental health first aid courses in our business, we are now able to announce that we are running multiple courses at our Wakefield office including the following:

Mental Health First Aid (2 day course)

  • 24/25th April
  • 26/27th June
  • 25/26th Sept

Mental Health First Aid – Refresher (1/2 day workshop)

  • 24th September

Suicide First Aid – LITE (1/2 day workshop)

  • 25th June

Suicide First Aid – Understanding Suicide Intervention (1 day workshop)

  • 25th November

Mental Health for Managers Workshop (1 day workshop)

  • 26th April
  • 14th October

The details of these sessions can be found at the Tailored Learning Solutions website:

If you would like further information and details of the cost for these events, please email



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