Welcome to Employment Edit, our regular email update giving the pick of the key developments in employment law from the last couple of weeks:

  • The Advocate General has delivered his opinion in the Karsten Kaltoft case that, whilst there is no general principle of EU law prohibiting discrimination on grounds of obesity in its own right, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ if it is of such a degree as to hinder full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees.
  • A law firm's mandatory retirement age of 65 for partners in 2006 has been held by the EAT to be appropriate as a proportionate means of achieving the legitimate aims of workforce planning and staff retention [Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes]
  • The exemption for micro-businesses from the obligation to inform and consult employee representatives in a TUPE transfer comes into effect for transfers on or after 31 July 2014.