Equal pay claims hit the retail sector

It has been reported that Tesco is facing the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim with female staff chasing back pay of up to £4 billion. The latest legal challenge sees women store workers claiming parity with men who work… Read on

Claim against overseas employees can go to employment tribunal

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employment tribunal can hear a case brought by a whistleblower against  colleagues working overseas. Background The so-called “Lawson v Serco” test  is applied by employment tribunals in deciding whether an employee… Read on

EAT signals that rest breaks must be at least 20 minutes

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when it comes to compensatory rest periods under regulation 24(a) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), the length of the individual break is crucial. Facts Under the WTR, when an adult… Read on

Fixed-term employee wins unfair dismissal claim

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently confirmed that an employee whose fixed-term contract was not renewed was unfairly dismissed. Legally, when an employee’s fixed-term contract is not renewed after it expires, that is a dismissal (section 95(1)(b) of the Employment… Read on

New Case on Burden of Proof in Discrimination Cases

Generally speaking, the burden of proof in civil proceedings is on the person who brings a claim in a dispute. So, for example, it is necessary for an employee bringing a claim in respect of an underpayment of wages to… Read on

Prison sentences and the Employment Tribunal

The recent High Court case of OCS Group Ltd v Dadi has provided an example of the serious consequences that can be faced where a party to legal proceedings acts in breach of orders of the court. In this particular… Read on

Abolition of Employment Tribunal fees – What next?

In January 2017, the government published its review of employment tribunal fees which decided that there was no conclusive evidence that fees had prevented people from bringing claims. Hot on its heels, on 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court delivered… Read on