Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Ruling allows equal-pay claims up to six years

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Equal pay ruling opens door for women to take employers to court

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

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Big Brother ends: 'So, have we missed anything interesting?'

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Sport on TV: Johnson crosses the line and races to his conclusions

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Cyclists, office workers and motorists can all donate their used equipment to good causes

If you're driven to give to charity …

You can now make sure unwanted cars, bikes, computers and mobiles benefit worthy causes, reports Chiara Cavaglieri

Album: Joe Walsh, Analog Man (Decca/Concord

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George Osborne warned of fly-tipping chaos as 'skip tax' gets messy

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Hadrian’s second-century villa in Tivoly

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