Final written warning could be relied on

Contrary to the case we have recently reported (Bandara v. BBC) we report on an EAT decision where the employer was allowed to rely on a final written warning, even though the Employment Tribunal held that the initial warning had… Read on

Liability for Christmas party assault?

We report on a case where a company boss assaulted an employee after a Christmas party, once the group had returned to their hotel and started indulging in heavy drinking. Was there enough of a connection between the workplace and… 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

Discrimination by agent (not employer)

We report on a case where a union was held to be liable because of the actions of its officials who were actually employed by a third party, Heathrow Airport, not the union. Background In this case (Unite Union v.… Read on

Guide: are your contractors ‘workers’?

The Tribunal decision on Uber drivers will concern everyone who employs freelancers and treats them as genuinely self-employed. How can you tell whether your freelancers are, in fact, workers and therefore entitled to paid holiday, minimum wage etc.? To what… Read on

Gay cake case continues

The Irish case highlighting tensions between religious conviction and equal rights has now been determined in the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland. It concerns a bakery’s refusal to make a cake carrying the message “support gay marriage”. Background The… Read on

Uber drivers are entitled to holiday pay

The Employment Tribunal has made an important decision which looks set to have far wider importance than the 40,000 Uber drivers it directly affects. Background As is well known, Uber works by providing customers with cab rides which are booked… Read on

Voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay

Whether voluntary overtime should be included with holiday pay remains undecided. We now have a useful indication from an Employment Tribunal of the way these cases will be decided in future. Background This claim was brought by 5 representative claimants,… Read on

Pay protection a reasonable adjustment?

We report on a case where, due to his disability, an employee was given reduced duties, but the employer wanted to reduce his salary accordingly. Were they allowed to do this? Background Mr Powell was employed by G4S Cash Solutions… Read on