Employment Law

Index items here on employment legislation, employment-related topics and case law that is not covered by any of the sub-categories OR within Employee Relations or Diversity and Equality or Health, Safety and Well-being and any of their sub-categories.

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    Hours of reckoning

    The working time regulations limit the average working week to 48 hours. Working time is any period during which employees are working, are at their employer’s disposal and are carrying out their duties. It is usually averaged...

    Timely development

    This month sees the launch of the advanced certificate in employment law programme, jointly developed by the IPD and JSB Training and Consulting. “The new employment law programme is a timely development,” says Robert Upex...

    Health and safety

    The dismissal of a health and safety representative who is fulfiling his or her role is automatically unfair under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In Healey v Excel Logistics Ltd (1998 IDS 622; EAT), Healey was a union-elected...

    Notice the difference

    How much notice employers and employees give each other over taking holidays can vary widely between companies. In last issue’s Law at work (1 October), I used the example of a manufacturing company that employs a combination...

    Who is the employer?

    When an individual works for one organisation, but is paid wholly or partly by another, it is often difficult to identify the employer. Secretary of State for Education and Employment v Bearman and others (1998 IRLR 431;...

    European campaign (in brief)

    As part of the European Week of Health and Safety at Work (19-25 October), 200,000 union safety representatives will be urged to exercise their legal right to be trained, to carry out inspections and to set up safety committees...

    Rules of engagement

    Application forms, medical examinations and other matters relating to pre-employment are full of hidden pitfalls, especially when connected with discrimination. It is no surprise, then, that the IPD’s legal helpline...

    A bit of a tall order

    Lincoln Dodds v Sun Valley Foods Ltd (ET 1600515/98; unreported) illustrates the problems and pitfalls that can arise in cases of indirect sex discrimination. Dodds claimed that his application for employment with Sun Valley...

    Lloyds/TSB give staff a ‘job for life’

    Lloyds/TSB has promised its employees jobs for life – if they can prove that they can adapt to change. The UK’s newest and largest high-street bank is starting a “massive exercise” to integrate the working practices of the...

    Damages limitation

    The twists and turns of case law have made wages in lieu of notice an area that personnel professionals should approach with caution. Several years ago, in Delaney v Staples (1992 IRLR 191; HL), the House of Lords confirmed...