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Court of Appeal confirms wide approach to who is a "contract worker"
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 14 2010

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a wide interpretation should be adopted when considering who is a "contract worker" within the meaning of the Race Relations Act


Industrial action notices
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 14 2010

In a dispute over the validity of a notice of industrial action served by Unite the Union, the Court of Appeal has held that it is permissable for the same document to give notice of more than one form of planned industial action


EAT considers meaning of "affected employees" for the purposes of a TUPE transfer
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2010

The EAT has held that for the purposes of TUPE, "affected employees", whose representatives must be informed and consulted about the transfer, are those who will be or may be transferred, who have an internal job application pending at the time of the transfer and whose jobs may be put in jeopardy by the transfer (Unison v Somerset County Council


Moving a disabled employee to an alternative workplace can be a reasonable adjustment
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2010

In order to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled store manager, as required under the Disability Discrimination Act, the employer proposed moving the manager to a different store, invoking a mobility clause in her contract of employment


Requirement to cut hair was not sex discrimination
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • January 14 2010

The EAT has upheld the tribunal's decision in Dansie v Metropolitan Police that the Metropolitan Police did not discriminate against a male trainee police officer by requiring him to cut his shoulder-length hair in order to comply with the police force's dress code


New rules on advertising for skilled workers
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 10 2009

With effect from 14 December 2009, the period for which an employer must advertise a job in order to show that it cannot be filled by the UK resident labour force will increase to four weeks


Commission claims UK equality laws do not properly implement equality directives
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 10 2009

The European Commission has sent a Reasoned Opinion to the UK government claiming that its equality laws fall short of properly implementing the Equal Treatment and Framework Directives


House of Lords distinguishes between discrimination on the grounds of holding a belief and of taking actions manifesting that belief
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 17 2009

The House of Lords, in an Irish case, has held that regulations prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion do not protect an individual who is less favourably treated by being denied employment because of actions they have taken in support of that religious belief or political opinion (McConkey v The Simon Community


Compulsory retirement at 65 is lawful for the time being
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 29 2009

The High Court has handed down its judgment in the long-running Heyday litigation, which challenged the legality of the minimum compulsory retirement age retirement age of 65, introduced by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006


DWP publishes guidance on new fit notes
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 11 2010

Following consultation with business groups and medical representatives, the Department for Work and Pensions has published guidance for employers and medical practitioners on the new statement of fitness to work (commonly referred to as a fit note