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Equal pay update

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 3 2008

Employment tribunal statistics show that in 20072008 the Employment Tribunal Service received more claims for equal pay than for any other type of employment claim

No right to legal representation at disciplinary hearings

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 3 2008

The High Court has upheld an employer's express term preventing legal representation at an internal disciplinary hearing

Compulsory retirement capable of being justified

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • October 3 2008

The Advocate General, in his opinion on the age discrimination case between Heyday and the Secretary of State for Business Enterprises and Regulatory Reform, has paved the way for retaining the UK default retirement age of 65

Consultations

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 3 2008

Following the Walsh Review, the government announced that it intends to extend the right to request flexible working hours to parents of children aged 16 and under

Springboard injunction granted following mass staff defection

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 3 2008

In the case of UBS Wealth Management (UK) Limited v Vestra Wealth LLP, the High Court has granted a springboard injunction against the newly formed Vestra Wealth LLP which had poached a large number of UBS staff

Continuity of employment in insolvency context

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 20 2008

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held, in Da Silva Junior v Composite Mouldings and Design Limited, that continuity of employment was preserved where an employee of a company in voluntary liquidation was subsequently employed by a company with the same majority shareholder

What's new in the autumn?

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • October 3 2008

The following changes in legislation relevant to employers will come into force in October and November 2008

Not so voluntary redundancy?

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • October 13 2008

With the current economic downturn, many employers have been forced to consider rationalising staff numbers

True status of contractor contractual clause was a sham

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • October 20 2008

In Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) Limited v Buckborough and Sewell, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the claimants were workers for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations and therefore entitled to holiday pay

Time off for dependants

  • Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP
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  • United Kingdom
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  • October 20 2008

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held, in Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Harrison, that an employee's entitlement to take time off for dependants under section 57A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 because of an unexpected disruption or termination of care arrangements for a dependant is not limited to last minute unavailability or emergencies