Snow: lift to work in a 4×4 compulsory?

Weather conditions are notoriously extreme on the roads approaching HMP Dartmoor. The prison has a detailed adverse weather policy, which requires employees to gather up at a pick-up point, at a local supermarket, when conditions are poor. In January 2013,… Read on

What does “without prejudice” mean?

Discussions between an employer and an employee are “without prejudice” where the discussion is with a view to settling an existing claim. This means that, where there is an Employment Tribunal claim, or a dispute that might lead… Read on

What is industrial action?

Industrial action is any form of concerted effort to put pressure on an employer, and can include strikes, overtime bans, work to rule, and sit-ins. Industrial action can be official or unofficial. When it is official, it may be “protected”.… Read on

What are strikes?

A strike is a form of industrial action intended to put pressure on an employer to improve working terms or conditions for employees who are members of the union. In certain circumstances strike action can be protected, and in these… Read on

What is a trade union?

A trade union is any organisation of workers whose main purpose is to organise arrangements between the workers and their employers, for instance their conditions or terms of employment. To be able to organise a strike, trade unions must meet… Read on

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of employment that combines work with learning. Apprenticeships can exist under a traditional, common law, form of agreement, or under a modern apprenticeship agreement. Under the traditional, common law, apprenticeship, the training is the primary… Read on

Obesity a disability?

Does obesity qualify as a disability? This would of course mean that employers would have to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ such as large chairs, desks, altered duties etc. According to the Advocate of General in Kaltoft v. Billund Municipality, the… Read on