Entries by damian

Extended Criminal Record Certificates – A Balance Must Be Struck

Those who work with children or vulnerable adults are required to have extended criminal record certificates (ECRCs) so that prospective employers can judge whether they are fit to perform such sensitive roles. However, as one Court of Appeal case showed, a careful balance has to be struck between disclosure of information and the serious blight […]

The Firm’s Annual Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party gives employers the opportunity to thank members of staff for their contribution over the past year and is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday season. However, it is easy to forget that an employer owes its employees certain obligations, even outside work, when the event has been […]

Discrimination – Identifying the Right Comparator Can be Problematic

The usual way of detecting discrimination is to conduct a comparison between the treatment of complainants and colleagues in a similar position. However, as one Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision illustrated, identifying an appropriate comparator is frequently problematic. The case concerned a doctor who claimed that her employer’s two-thirds final salary pension scheme unlawfully discriminated […]

Restrictive Covenant in Engineer’s Contract Passes Reasonableness Test

Restrictive covenants in employment contracts involve the imposition of restraints on employees’ personal freedom and have to be reasonable to be enforceable. In one case, the High Court ruled that a clause in an engineer’s contract that prevented him from working for competitors for 12 months passed that test. The engineer worked for a company […]

Near-Fatal Industrial Accident Triggers Health and Safety Appeal

Many people do dangerous jobs, but employers are required by law to do all in their power to minimise risks, and the consequences of failing to do so can be severe. In one case, an equipment maintenance company was served with an improvement notice under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after a near-fatal […]

The Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

Following a four-week pilot scheme, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme is now open to anyone who paid fees in respect of an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal claim after their introduction in July 2013. Those eligible can apply online here. Alternatively, the following forms are available to apply for a refund by post or […]

Equality Rights – EU Law Takes Priority over UK Legislation

In a ground-breaking decision that underlined the primacy of European law, the Supreme Court has opened the way for a police officer to appeal against her dismissal to an Employment Tribunal (ET) on disability discrimination grounds. The officer had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being assaulted whilst on duty. She was subsequently involved in an […]

‘Worker’ Status of Uber Drivers Confirmed in Landmark Case

In a ground-breaking ruling, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that drivers for online cab giants Uber are ‘workers’, as defined by the Employment Rights Act 1996, and are thus entitled to a panoply of rights and benefits. In upholding complaints by a number of Uber drivers who plied their trade in London, an Employment […]

Christmas and the Workplace

Christmas is a busy time for a lot of businesses, with many taking on temporary staff to cope with the extra workload. At the same time, many employees will want to take time off to spend with their family, go on holiday or attend religious services. Employers are wise to plan ahead to cope with […]