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Zero-hours contracts balancing interests
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • September 5 2013

A recent survey revealing that the number of workers in the UK currently on so-called "zero-hours contracts" could be as high as one million - four


BYOD security risks and policy solutions
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • September 5 2013

The popularity of personal smartphones and tablets continues to affect the workplace. Employees increasingly want to use their own devices at work


Employer's vicarious liability for contempt of court
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • July 17 2013

In Back Office Ltd v Percival, the High Court considered the case of ex-employees who had breached undertakings given to the court as part of the


When will costs be awarded in the ET?
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • July 23 2013

Employment Tribunals rarely order a losing party to pay a contribution to the successful party's legal costs. However, in the recent case of Vaughan


An ‘appropriate bargaining unit’ may be spread over many sites
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • March 17 2008

Since 2005, trade unions have had a statutory right to request recognition from an employer to be entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of a group of workers


Holiday pay entitlement accrues while employee on sick leave
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • February 19 2009

On 20 January 2009, the European Court of Justice gave its decision in the important case of Stringer v HMRC, which was taken together with a German case Schultz-Hoff v Deutsche Rentenversicherung as ECJ cases C-35006 and C-52006


No duty to consult post-transfer
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • February 19 2009

In the recent case of UCATT v Amicus, TGWU & Glasgow City Council the EAT looked at the extent of the duty to consult with affected employees about a TUPE transfer


A dismissal may be automatically unfair as being transfer-related even if, at the time of the dismissal, no transfer has yet taken place
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • March 17 2008

The recent EAT judgment in the case of CAB Automotive Ltd v Blake and others; Singh and others and RDS Automotive Interiors Ltd (in administration) concerned a business that was making car interiors for MG Rover when it collapsed in April 2005


Teasing in the workplace can be discriminate
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • February 19 2009

The Court of Appeal has considered whether an individual who has been subjected to “homophobic banter” by fellow workers is protected by Regulation 5 of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 despite the fact that he is not gay, is not perceived to be gay or assumed to be gay by his tormentors and accepts that his tormentors do not believe him to be gay


Ezsias v Welsh Ministers
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • March 18 2008

This is another subject access case where the courts have refused to support a claimant who tried to use the Data Protection Act 1998 as a means of pursuing other proceedings