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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    Appeal court verdict opens door to equal pay claims

    Local authorities and NHS trusts could face thousands of equal pay claims by female workers after a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal yesterday. The court ruled that pay protection schemes, introduced to top up the wages...

    Housing case could have disability implications

    Employment lawyers are considering the implications of a House of Lords ruling suggesting that disabled people cannot demand special treatment to ensure equality. The Lords ruled in London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm that...

    Number of employment tribunals still rising

    The number of employment tribunal (ET) applications continued to rise steeply in 2007-08, according to the Tribunal Service’s annual report. There were 189,300 applications to the ET last year, a rise of 30 per cent...

    Landmark tribunal rules disability laws can cover able-bodied staff

    Disability laws can cover able-bodied employers, following a landmark tribunal ruling. The European Court of Justice has decided that “associative” discrimination is unlawful. In Coleman v Attridge Law, Sharon Coleman...

    Coleman v Attridge Law and Steve Law

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that council directive 2000/78/EC must be interpreted to mean that prohibition of direct discrimination and harassment is not only limited to people who are disabled. The decision...

    Behave yourself at tribunal

    Bad behaviour at tribunals can lead to further claims even if the parties are no longer in a employer-employee relationship. The Employment Appeal Tribunal made the ruling following the recent case of Nicholls v Corin Tech...

    Lawyer set for record payout

    A lawyer who was allegedly driven out of her job by bullying and discrimination is set for record compensation. Gill Switalski quit her £140,000-a-year job at city finance firm F&C Asset Management after complaining...

    Union pulls out of BA case

    Pilots’ union Balpa has dropped plans for industrial action against British Airways. The plans were the subject of a challenge in the High Court. The dispute centred on BA’s plans to set up a subsidiary in Europe with...

    Oyarce v Cheshire County Council

    In discrimination cases, an employee only has to show facts from which a tribunal could conclude discrimination has taken place. The employer then has to prove it hasn’t discriminated. Oyarce claimed she had not been given...

    D'Silva v NATFHE

    Statutory questionnaires have become a win-win tactic for employees alleging discrimination. If the employer fails to respond, the employee can ask the tribunal to infer that discrimination could have taken place, giving...