Employment

Employees awarded compensation for Council's breach of information rules introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations

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A Tribunal has ruled that a Council which failed to provide information about its use of agency workers to a trade union in accordance with requirements introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) must pay compensation to its employees for its breach. More …

To close or not to close - that is the question?

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According to its annual Survey, the National Association of Pension Funds has reported that 31% of final-salary pension schemes were closed to existing staff in 2012 compared to 23% in 2011. More …

Agency tanker drivers defeated in AWR Swedish derogation case

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An Employment Tribunal has dismissed claims brought by a group of agency tanker drivers under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR), finding that the Swedish derogation provisions of the AWR were adhered to by the temporary work agency that employed them. More …

Consultation published on reforming the recruitment sector regulatory regime

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On 17 January 2013 the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) published its consultation on streamlining the legislation that governs the recruitment sector. More …

Employee-shareholder status: More trouble than it's worth?

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Specialists from Blake Morgan's Tax, Company and Employment law teams consider the problems with the new status of 'employee-shareholders' due to be introduced in April. More …

Eweida and others v United Kingdom – Implications for employers and the Government's plans on same-sex marriage

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Ms Eweida, who was transferred to another role for wearing a visible cross against British Airways' uniform code, had had her right to freedom of religion violated under the European Convention of Human Rights. More …

Comment on Government plans to reduce large-scale collective redundancy consultation period from 90 to 45 days

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The Government has announced plans to reduce the minimum consultation period from 90 to 45 days for redundancies of 100 or more employees. More …

Employees given up to six years to bring equal pay claims

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A recent case involving Birmingham City Council saw the Supreme Court confirm that equal pay claims may be brought in the civil courts, even if the six month time limit in the Employment Tribunal has expired. More …

The reasonableness of restrictive covenants in employment contracts

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Judgment has been handed down by Judge Simon Brown QC in the case of Safetynet Security Ltd v Coppage and another [2012] EWHC B11 enforcing a restrictive covenant covering the entire customer base of the claimant. More …

Franchise business model may constitute ETO reason for dismissal of employees

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In the recent joined cases of Meter U Limited v Ackroyd and Meter U Limited v Hardy, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) considered whether changing the method of providing services from an employed workforce to a franchise model could amount to a legitimate reason for dismissing individuals following a TUPE transfer. More …