Employment Tribunals Fees Refund Scheme

On 27 July 2017 we informed you about the Supreme Court ruling on unlawful tribunal fees. Almost 3 months later, the Government has issued guidance in respect of refunding individuals who had paid such fees. As part of the opening…

Unpaid Trial Shifts

Stewart McDonald, SNP MP for Glasgow South, has introduced a Private Members’ Bill in Westminster to guarantee trial shifts are paid ‘properly and fairly’. McDonald has asked Prime Minister Theresa May to take action as young people were the group…

Decline in Zero-Hours Contracts

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’), an estimated 1.4m zero-hour contracts were in place in May 2017, down from 1.7m in May 2016. David Freeman, a senior labour market statistician at the ONS comments that…

Should Foster Carers be regarded as ‘Workers’?

Foster carer, Sarah Anderson, has brought a claim against Hampshire County Council for unpaid holiday. She believes she is in an “employment relationship” with the council (as defined by EU law) which means she is entitled to four weeks of…

1,858 Monarch Staff Redundant

Monarch’s failure to consult on redundancies has resulted in the Unite union pursuing legal action on behalf of 1,858 Monarch staff. Where 100 or more redundancies are proposed, the minimum consultation period before dismissal is 45 days. In Monarch’s case…

The Right to Privacy v Monitoring Workers’ Emails

In the 2016 case of Bărbulescu v Romania, Mr Bărbulescu was dismissed for personal internet use at work, contrary to his employer’s internal policy, which strictly prohibited all personal use. The European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) held that his…

The Consequences of Unlawfully Accessing Patient Records

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reminded NHS staff about the consequences of accessing patients’ medical records without a valid reason. The warning comes following Brioney Woolfe’s recent prosecution at The Colchester Magistrates’ Court. Woolfe, a former health care assistant…

An Update on Vento Bands

The Equality 2010 provides that compensation for discrimination may include compensation for injured feelings. An award for injury to feelings is separate from an award of compensation for financial loss. A claimant can therefore recover for injury to feelings even…