Employment News

Proposals to Reform Employment Law Published

The Government has this week published the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill which aims to streamline Employment Tribunal procedure by encouraging resolution of cases.  It is proposed that all Employment Tribunal claims will be subject to an initial, mandatory conciliation period of such duration to be specified.  It is anticipated... Read more

Defending age discrimination claims

The Supreme Court has ruled on the age discrimination cases of Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes.  These judgements provide clarity on when and how claims of direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of age can be successfully defended.  The Equality Act 2010 provides... Read more

Moving Employees to a New Employer

Businesses sometimes move their employees from one employer company to another. A recent case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal has emphasised the importance of getting consent from the employees in order to make this effective. Read more

Change in Unfair Dismissal Rules

From 6 April 2012, employees will have to work for two years before they qualify for protection against unfair dismissal. Up until now, just one year’s service was needed to claim unfair dismissal at the employment tribunal. Read more

Can cost alone ever justify age discrimination?

Mr Woodcock was the Chief Executive of North Cumbria Primary Care Trusts.  In 2006, this post was removed as part of a re-organisation of the NHS which reduced the number of Primary Care Trusts.  Mr Woodcock applied for the role of Chief Executive in one of the newly configured Primary... Read more

Employee working in Libya entitled to claim under Unfair Dismissal

The Supreme Court has today handed down its Judgement in the long running case of Ravat v Halliburton Manufacturing & Services Ltd.  Its unanimous decision is that Mr Ravat is entitled to pursue a claim of unfair dismissal against his former employer in the Aberdeen Employment Tribunal.  Read more

Employment Tribunals and Documents held Abroad

Can a UK Employment Tribunal compel the disclosure of documents held overseas by a parent company of a UK subsidiary?  Read more

New Compensation Limits

Compensation limits in the Employment Tribunal will increase from 1st February 2012.  In particular, the statutory cap on a weeks’ pay, used for calculating Statutory Redundancy Payments, will increase from £400 to £430 and the maximum compensatory award that can be made in a successful unfair dismissal case will be increased... Read more

Offshore Workers' Leave

The Supreme Court has recently rejected the trade unions’ appeal in the case of Russell v Transocean International Resources Limited and others, holding that employers can lawfully insist that offshore workers take annual leave during their field breaks.  In reaching its judgement, the Court refused to refer the issue to... Read more

Court of Appeal finds Self-employed Consultant to be a Worker

The law distinguishes between employees and workers.  Employees are afforded a wide range of protections in employment including the right not to be unfairly dismissed.  Workers’ rights are more limited but include the right to take paid annual leave and the right not to suffer unlawful deductions from their wages. ... Read more
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