CitySprint – further case on gig economy

Hot on the heels of Uber, we report on an employment tribunal decision going against CitySprint, and a further nail in the coffin for the gig economy. Background This claim was brought by Maggie Dewhurst. As a CitySprint bicycle courier… Read on

What are your ante-natal care rights?

Ante-natal care rights entitle certain working parents to reasonable paid time off work in order to attend ante-natal appointments. The employee must be attending the appointment on the advice of a suitably qualified practitioner (doctor, registered midwife or registered nurse).… Read on

What are maternity and parental rights?

Maternity and parental rights refer to a large number of rights given to working parents under UK employment law. The rights are to maternity leave, maternity pay, paternity leave, paternity pay, adoption leave, adoption pay, parental leave (unpaid), shared parental… Read on

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on

What are flexible working requests?

A flexible working request is a request to alter working times or conditions. Requests can be made for any reason, but need to be made in the correct format by employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service. Once a… Read on

Stress did not amount to disability

We report on a case where the stress suffered by an employee due to his work situation and subsequent litigation was not sufficient to give rise to a disability. Background In this case the Claimant, Mr Herry, brought a wide-ranging… Read on

Constructive dismissal – an essential guide

Constructive dismissal is one of the most frequent and important topics for legal advice at Springhouse. It is, however, commonly misunderstood. An employee needs to have resigned in order to bring a constructive dismissal claim, and this is naturally a… Read on

What are Sunday working rights?

Sunday working rights are legal rights given to shop and betting workers. Workers in these industries cannot be forced to work on Sundays, as they are able to ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of Sunday working. The rights are given to workers… Read on

Sex segregation not discriminatory

This case involves the segregation of pupils between the ages of 9 and 16 at a school, in order to reflect an Islamic ethos. Was this discriminatory? Background This was a challenge by the school to an inspection report which… Read on

Time for lunch?

The EAT has held that an employer may be deemed to have ‘refused’ to permit rest breaks even if an employee has not expressly requested them. It is enough, simply, where an employer puts in place working arrangements such as… Read on