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Trade Union Bill
In the wake of the recent Tube strikes, the Government plans to introduce a Trade Union Bill to ‘democratise’ industrial action. The Bill will introduce new thresholds to validate any such action; a 50 percent turnout of union members in all sectors will be required to back action. In the public sector, 40 percent of
Gender pay gap consultation launched
On 14 July 2015, the Government announced its aspiration to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” by implementing Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 contains a power for the Government to make regulations requiring employers with at least 250 employees to publish information relating to
Tribunal fees to be reviewed following freefall in employment claims
At the outset the Coalition Government committed to a review of the system and, although not stated in the Conservative manifesto, the new Government has now agreed the Ministry of Justice’s terms of reference.
Holiday pay – the latest
How should holiday pay be calculated? What is the relevant liability period? These are two questions that have been troubling many employers.
Instruction to remove employee(s) from an ‘organised group’ is not enough to prevent them transferring under TUPE
In Jakowlew v Nestor Primecare Services Ltd t/a Saga Care and another, the EAT reinforced a strict application of TUPE, ruling that, despite a contractual breach on the part of a transferor to remove an employee from a contract which was to be transferred, the employee in question remained subject to TUPE.
Discriminatory dismissal of nursery assistant on grounds of religion
In Mbuyi v Newpark Childcare (Shepherds Bush) Ltd the Watford Employment Tribunal held that a Christian nursery assistant who was dismissed for expressing her belief that homosexuality is a sin was discrimination on grounds of religion.
TUPE and Sub-Contracts
The EAT confirmed last week in Jinks v London Borough of Havering UKEAT/0157/14/MC that TUPE can apply to a transferor and a sub-contractor, protecting the employment of employees under a sub-contract if there is a service provision change.
Unfair dismissal for driving while using a mobile phone
Recently employment tribunals have been asked to consider the fairness of dismissals relating to driving whilst using a hand-held phone.
Prohibition of Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hour Contracts
Employers should review their current zero-hours contracts in light of recent changes. In March 2015, the Coalition Government published its response to the consultation on the exclusivity ban in zero-hour contracts. Section 153 Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 inserts s.27A and s.27B into the Employment Rights Act 1996, which came into force on
ECJ Clarification on ‘establishment’ for the purpose of collective redundancy consultation
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that ‘establishment’ refers to an individual workplace, as opposed to an aggregated total of workplaces.   This will be both a welcome clarification and relief for larger employers. Their obligations under the Collective Redundancies Directive 98/59 and s.188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA)
Employment Law Changes in April 2015
There are a number of key changes that come into force on 5 April 2015 that employers need to be ready for. Our blog post summarises these changes.
Diet controlled Type 2 Diabetes is not a Disability
Diet controlled Type 2 diabetes does not amount to a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) according to a recent finding by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute.