The law for growth, activity and equal opportunities, known as “Macron Law” (hereafter referred as “the Law”) has been approved on 6 August, 2015. From the reform of the procedure before employment tribunals to the...more
How global events shape local labour laws -
Giving employers the better deal?
The global economic crisis squeezed corporate profits, reduced demand for goods and services and shrank workforces. Now, new labour laws...more
The Conservative Government has settled in and turned its attention to the world of employment law. We update you below on five of its key moves.
1. Gender Pay Gap Reporting - The Government will enact legislation...more
In Newbound v Thames Water Utilities Ltd, the Court of Appeal has restored an Employment Tribunal’s decision that the Claimant was unfairly dismissed for a breach of his employer’s health and safety procedures....more
Another decision has been handed down to clarify – or complicate – the position on which aspects of pay should be included when calculating an employee’s entitlement to holiday pay.
The Court of Appeal in Northern...more
Financial service companies in the UK may soon face the prospect of remodelling their whistleblowing procedures and nominating whistleblowing champions.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) currently protects...more
The compensation limits on Employment Tribunal awards and certain other amounts payable under UK employment legislation increased as of 6 April 2015. The key changes are set out below....more
The annual increases in compensation took effect on 6 April 2015. The most notable changes are as follows:
- The limit on a week's pay for the purposes of calculating statutory redundancy payments and the basic award...more
Vinita Arora, a Partner in our London office, comments: On Monday 30 March 2015, Parliament dissolved and the period of pre-election purdah began, meaning that the government will be unable to make decisions or announce...more
In the latest in a long-running series of cases on holiday pay, the Employment Tribunal has handed down its first judgment in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited....more
The recent line of holiday pay cases has led to widespread media coverage suggesting some employers’ payroll costs are due to soar. Businesses have therefore been eagerly awaiting the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Lock v...more
Kate Hodgkiss, a Partner in our Edinburgh office comments: The employment tribunal has handed down its decision in Lock v British Gas, one of the on-going holiday pay cases, this one concerning commission. Unfortunately the...more
In Ottimo Property Services Ltd -v- Duncan and another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that, where several different clients change service provider at or around the same time, each individual service provision...more
In the case of Norman and others v National Audit Office UKEAT/0276/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) confirmed that flexibility clauses in employment contracts which seek to give employers the right to make...more
The Advocate General has given a preliminary opinion in the case of USDAW & Wilson v Woolworths and others (“the Woolworths case”) on the question of whether there is a requirement to aggregate the number of employees across...more
The maximum compensation that the Employment Tribunal can award for “ordinary” unfair dismissal claims will increase from 6 April 2015, as will the weekly wage figure for calculating an employee's entitlement to a statutory...more
UK legislation provides that, when a UK employer proposes to make redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, the employer is required to collectively consult representatives of...more
Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead.
The general election in May will, of course, hold most of our attention, but there are other...more
In Salmon v Castlebeck Care (Teeside) Ltd & Anor UKEAT/0304/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a successful appeal against a decision to dismiss needed to be communicated to the employee in order to...more
Adam Hartley, a Partner in our London office, comments: With the general election now firmly on the horizon, things have gone relatively quiet on the employment legislation front. However, attention now shifts to the courts,...more
In Dyer v London Ambulance NHS Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that no reasonable adjustment could have been made for an employee who had a potentially life-threatening sensitivity to...more
Game Retail Limited v Mr C Laws -
In what is thought to be the first such case involving Twitter, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned an Employment Judge’s decision that an employee was unfairly dismissed...more
In Game Retail Limited v Laws UKEAT0188/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee for tweeting offensive comments from a personal Twitter account was unfair....more
In Wess v Science Museum Group UKEAT/0120/14/DM, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had impliedly accepted a variation of her contract of employment by continuing to work for 9 years, without...more
In Sefton Borough Council v Wainwright, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that employers must offer a woman on maternity leave a suitable alternative vacancy when they first become aware that her role is redundant or...more
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