Redundancy and Bumping

In the case of Mirab v Mentor Graphics (UK) Ltd, the EAT recently considered the question of whether an employer is obliged to consider “bumping” an employee facing redundancy, even if an employee does not raise it as an alternative…

Pre Cancerous Condition Deemed a Disability

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Lofty v Hamis t/a First Café considered whether a pre-cancerous condition amounted to a disability in the accordance with the Equality Act 2010. The Claimant, Ms Lofty, discovered a blemish on her…

Employment Tribunal Statistics Published

The Employment Tribunal’s quarterly statistics have recently been published. The most significant point to note is that Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service has recorded an increase in receipts and case load outstanding (up 31% and 21% respectively) this quarter…

Tesco Equal Pay Claim

It has been reported that Law firm, Leigh Day, has begun the ACAS Early Conciliation process against Tesco on behalf of almost 100 female shop assistants claiming equal pay. The commencement of the ACAS Early Conciliation process is required before…

New Compensation Limits from 6 April 2018

Increases to compensation limits and minimum payments relating to employment matters have just been announced. The increases will take effect from 6 April 2018 and where the “appropriate date” for the particular claim, for example, the dismissal for unfair dismissal…

Time’s Up for Inequality

Following publication in the Observer of an open letter signed by 190 British and Irish actors demanding an end to tolerance of sexual harassment, violence, abuse and discrimination, both in the entertainment sector and across industry and society as a…

Update on Pimlico Plumbers Case

The Supreme Court has started hearing the case of Pimlico Plumbers Limited (“Pimlico”) and Another v Smith. Mr Smith originally brought a Tribunal claim against Pimlico after he suffered a heart attack and claimed that he was subsequently dismissed by…

Protected Conversations

Unless either party has behaved improperly, s.111A Employment Rights Act 1996 operates to protect pre-termination discussions between employer and employee from being referred to by either party in any subsequent unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal. However, the EAT…

Covert Surveillance in the Workplace

The European Court of Human Rights in Lopez Ribalda & Ors v Spain recently held that covert camera surveillance at work breaches the ECHR Article 8 right to privacy. In this case, a supermarket installed both visible and hidden surveillance…

Carillion enters into liquidation

Construction giant Carillion has entered into liquidation with debts estimated to be around £1.5 billion. Carillion employs around 20,000 in the UK. It has been reported that Carillion outsourced virtually all of its work, which included maintenance of prisons, hospitals…