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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

Another substantial slump in Tribunal claims

Employment Tribunal claims have plunged by 100,000 – or 9,000 claims a month – since fees were introduced in 2013, new statistics show. TUC analysis shows that claims in 2012/13 were 191,541, but in 2015/16 were only 83,031. Discrimination claims,… 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

Gov’t Paper: Brexit and Employment Law

The government has published a very brief guide entitled ‘Brexit: Employment Law’. Essentially, this paper makes no further remarks in addition to those we made in our recent blog post. The paper does make it clear what the government’s position… Read on

New judicial assessment procedure

The Employment Tribunals have a new judicial assessment procedure, whereby a Judge can give an early indication of his/her impression of the strength of the parties’ cases. Under the Protocol dealing with the new process, the assessment can only take… Read on

Top tips for references

Our clients are often asking us what their obligations are when it comes to providing references for ex-employees, and here are our top tips. When providing references, employers owe various legal duties both to the new employer and to the… 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

Employment Tribunal Rules are wrong: EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the rule in the Employment Tribunal Rules which obliges Tribunals to reject claims which “cannot sensibly be responded to” is wrong, and should not be applied. Background Rule 12(1)(b) of the Employment Tribunal… Read on