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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

Final written warning could not be relied on

In this case, brought against the BBC, the Claimant successfully argued that his dismissal had been unfair because the final written warning relied on was “manifestly inappropriate”. This case gives rise to interesting questions about how and when written warnings… 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

Autumn Statement 2016: employment changes

Phillip Hammond’s autumn statement has announced several important changes in the employment law sphere. Employee shareholders The government has announced a dramatic roll-back from its much heralded employer shareholder scheme of 2013. They say the reason for this is that… 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

£100 million Asda equal pay claim gathers momentum

The Employment Tribunal has recently determined that female Asda store workers can compare themselves to male distribution depot workers for the purpose of their equal pay claim. This means that the way is now clear for them to continue with… 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

Summary of the Brexit Judgment on Art. 50

We summarise the High Court’s momentous decision in R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, historically one of the UK’s most significant constitutional cases. Background This claim was brought by 2 individuals in order to establish… Read on