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Non-payment of bonus to disabled employees was discrimination arising from disability

The EAT has confirmed that it was discrimination arising from disability when discretionary bonus payments were automatically not paid to disabled employees who had been given warnings for high levels of sickness absence.

Posted 25th February 2015

Single employee was an “organised grouping” under TUPE service provision change

This Court of Appeal decision explains how a single employee can qualify as an “organised grouping of employees” under TUPE so that a service provision change took place when there was a change of service provider.

Posted 25th February 2015

New tribunal compensation limit and week's pay cap from April 2015

The following new limits take effect from 6 April 2015.

Posted 25th February 2015

When must an employer make reasonable adjustments?

Correctly handling an employee’s long-term sickness absence can be a challenge for any employer, especially if the employee is a ‘disabled person’ under the Equality Act 2010. A key provision of this Act requires employers to make reasonable adjustments that would allow the employee to return to work. But when is this duty triggered? This was the question the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) had to decide in this case.

Posted 21st January 2015

Are very fat employees protected against workplace discrimination?

This was the question answered in this Danish case last month by the ECJ when it ruled that being seriously overweight may mean the employee has a disability. However, despite what you might have read in the media during the run up to Christmas, the ECJ confirmed that there is no general principle of EU law which prohibits discrimination on grounds of obesity – classified as having a body mass index of more than 30.

Posted 21st January 2015

New Fit for Work Service Guidance Published

The Department for Work and Pensions has published three new guidance notes for GPs, employers and employees about the new Fit for Work Service that is being phased in between now and May 2015. (The service was previously called the Health and Work Service.)

Posted 21st January 2015

Holiday pay should be calculated to include overtime

In breaking news today, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has concluded that holiday pay should be calculated to include overtime.

Posted 4th November 2014

Holiday pay should be calculated to include overtime (detailed article)

The EAT has today ruled on eagerly awaited appeals. It has concluded that holiday pay should be calculated to include 'non-guaranteed overtime' and significantly limited the extent of claims for back pay.

Posted 4th November 2014

When is an employer liable in negligence for bringing disciplinary proceedings?

This case report explains how an employer may breach its duty of care to an employee if its decision to commence disciplinary proceedings was unreasonable by being outside the range of reasonable decisions open to an employer in the circumstances. On the facts of this case, however, the defendant university was not liable because it was reasonable to require the claimant employee to attend a disciplinary hearing and there was therefore no breach of the duty of care.

Posted 31st October 2014

High Court injunction to protect client connections

This case report is an excellent example of how the employer was able to rely on its terms and conditions of employment to ensure the employee did not retain the ability to go and work for the competitor in breach of contract.

Posted 31st October 2014

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