Airline Pilot Strikes Crucial Blow for Trade Union Rights

It has long been unlawful to refuse to employ someone because of his or her trade union membership. However, in a ground-breaking decision, a tribunal has extended that protection to non-union members who have engaged in union activities (Jet2.com Limited v Denby). The case concerned an airline pilot who had sought to persuade his employer… Read more »

Workplace Mobility Clauses – EAT Guidance

Mobility of labour is vital to any modern economy and many employment contracts require staff to relocate from one workplace to another if their employer’s business demands it. One such clause came under consideration in a case in which a charity worker who refused to move was dismissed for gross misconduct (Aziz v The Fremantle… Read more »

Restrictive Covenants and Unlawful Restraint of Trade

Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are worthless if they are so broad as to amount to an unlawful restraint of trade. The Court of Appeal reiterated that point in enabling a senior recruitment consultant to take up a position with a competitor of her former employer (Tillman v Egon Zehnder Limited). Mary Tillman began working… Read more »

National Minimum Wage Rates 2018-2019

The Government has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommended rates for the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that will come into effect on 1 April 2018: The NLW, which applies to those aged 25 and over, will increase from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour; The NMW for 21- to 24-year-olds… Read more »

Part-Time Workers and Discrimination

The Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 (PTWR), which came into force on 1 July 2000, established a minimum standard of fairness for part-timers so that they cannot be treated less favourably than comparable full-time co-workers, unless the treatment is justified on objective grounds. In British Airways v Pinaud, the Employment Appeal… Read more »

Common Pitfalls of the Office Christmas Party

The annual Christmas party offers employers the chance to thank members of staff for their hard work over the past year and is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy the holiday season. However, with events of this nature, there is the potential for things to go wrong and careful planning is required to… Read more »

The Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

Following a four-week pilot scheme, the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme is now open to anyone who paid fees in respect of an Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal claim after their introduction in July 2013. Those eligible can apply online here. Alternatively, the following forms are available to apply for a refund by post… Read more »