Employment Law News Analysis

The Ashers Bakery Case - Why the Bakery Won
By David Reid, Director.   In this analysis, I look at the basis for yesterday’s decision in the case of the Northern Irish bakery which refused...
David Reid
11th Oct 2018
Getting HR Ready for GDPR
As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. GDPR brings with it a new regime for data protection...
Caroline Cockbain
18th Jan 2018
European Court of Justice rules worker prevented from taking annual leave due to sickness can carry it forward to next holiday year
In the case of Sobczyszyn v Szkoła Podstawowa w Rzeplinie, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered whether a Polish teacher who was unable to take...
David Reid
9th Aug 2016
Following Brexit, what now for UK employment law?
UK votes to leave. EU Referendum results, what now for UK employment law?
David Reid
24th Jun 2016
Holiday pay update
Many of our readers will already have read in the press that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) dismissed the appeal of British Gas in the well-publicised Lock case.
Stuart Swan
19th May 2016
Monitoring of personal messages - Comments
As reported in our news article the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently handed down a high profile decision concerning an employee’s right to privacy.
Gillian Melville
19th Jan 2016
Glasgow bin lorry inquiry report – implications for those providing employment references
Last December, Mr Harry Clarke, who was employed by Glasgow City Council (GCC), was involved in a crash whilst driving a bin lorry, resulting in the deaths...
David McRae
14th Dec 2015
Travelling time is ‘working time’ for workers with no fixed place of work
The ECJ has confirmed, in a European working time case, that time spent travelling to and from home by workers with no fixed place of work is working time...
Emma Grossmith
16th Oct 2015
High Court upholds decision on employee's right to be accompanied - expert comments
The case makes it clear that when considering whether a request to bring a particular companion should be allowed at any stage of a disciplinary or grievance...
Louise Walker
24th Aug 2015
No special rules for social media misconduct - expert comments
Whilst the EAT declined to give any specific guidance to employers on how to deal with dismissals for misuse of social media in the case of The British Waterways...
David Reid
18th Aug 2015
Glasgow bin lorry inquiry - lessons to be learned - in employment
Once the individual starts work, the employer has an ongoing duty to the employee and to others to ensure they remain fit for the job they are doing and to...
David McRae
17th Aug 2015
Glasgow bin lorry inquiry - lessons to be learned - during recruitment
Most employers know that section 60 of the Equality Act 2010 means they are not generally permitted to ask job applicants questions about their health before...
David McRae
17th Aug 2015
Glasgow bin lorry inquiry - lessons to be learned
The fatal accident inquiry into the tragic bin lorry crash that killed six people in Glasgow last year is currently ongoing. Press reports suggest the driver...
David McRae
17th Aug 2015
Travel Time as Working Time - Expert Comments
Employers whose employees are involved in similar work with no fixed place of work may wish to consider reviewing their rules on what constitutes working...
Gillian Melville
8th Jul 2015
How Discretionary is a Contractual Discretionary Benefit - Expert Comments
It has always been important to take care when drafting contractual terms. In light of the Supreme Court’s recent judgment, employers, when offering employment...
Louise Walker
6th Jul 2015
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