Beyond the UK borders: Questions of territory in employment rights

The Employment Act does not specify territorial scope in regards to the rights of an employee. In a the Lawson vs Serco case, the court of appeal and the House of Lords relied on case law alone to come to their verdict.   The employer, Serco Ltd is a UK company which operates world-wide providing … Read more

The rights of LGBT workers

The Equality bill 2010 provides protection against discrimination in the provision of goods and services on grounds of sexual orientation. There is now full legal equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals. The Trade Union Commission has been campaigning these objectives since first adopting gay right policy in 1985. The legal transformation has been … Read more

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

In an attempt to cut the burden of red tape on business, the government  has enacted the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.  The Act brings about a whole host of legislative changes across a broad spectrum of areas; nestled in amongst measures to introduce a Green Investment Bank and the creation of a new … Read more

Religious Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits, at Section 10, discrimination on the basis of a person’s religion or belief.  In general a person is prevented from discrimination if they have a clear structure and belief system.   Such a definition prevents spurious claims on the basis of pseudo religious practices.   The European Human Rights Commission … Read more

Employment Law Updates in 2013

So another year has passed by and with it came a whole host of new features to make the Employment solicitors scratch their heads try and work out how things work now. This article will be a quick run down of all the key employment law updates that have happened over the past 12 months … Read more

Zero Hour Contracts will not be completely banned

Zero hour contracts are something of a thorn in the sides of the political parties at present with both the Tories and Labour making noises about them. However it does not seem like they are going to be removed any time soon. This is following an announcement from the Business Secretary Vince Cable. Vince Cable … Read more

Disability discrimination: Occupational Health report is not enough

We previously talked about disability discrimination and how if an employee self diagnoses themselves with an illness (be it physical or mental) that doesn’t mean that an employer has to implement reasonable adjustments. Instead they will need to get confirmation from other sources such as the employee’s doctor etc to confirm the knowledge that an … Read more