LRD Booklets January 2019

Case law at work - 15th edition

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Introduction

Introduction [page 4] (258 words)

This is the 15th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
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Chapter 1

1. The employment law system [ch 1: pages 5-6] (829 words)

Before issuing any tribunal claim, a claimant must first contact Acas and consider whether to try to conciliate (that is, settle) the claim with the ...
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Legal privilege can’t be used to conceal advice on escaping claims for discrimination [ch 1: pages 6-8] (741 words)
X v Y Limited [2018] UKEAT/0261/17/JOJ

Evidence of pre-termination discussions can be disclosed to tribunal if effective date of termination (EDT) is disputed [ch 1: pages 8-9] (762 words)
Basra v BJSS Ltd [2018] UKEAT/0090/17

Claim could not be amended despite being in time [ch 1: pages 10-11] (544 words)
Patka v British Broadcasting Corporation & Anor [2018] UKEAT/0190/17

Wrong advice by Acas Helpline meant it was ‘not reasonably practicable’ to file unfair dismissal claim in time [ch 1: pages 11-12] (550 words)
DHL Supply Chain Ltd v Fazackerley [2018] UKEAT /0019/18

Claim deadline missed by one day due to strict postal rules [ch 1: pages 12-13] (629 words)
Miah v Axis Security Services Limited [2018] UKEAT/2090/17/LA

No time extension for appeal ‘lost in the post’ [ch 1: pages 13-14] (386 words)
Haydar v Pennine Acute NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 1435

Judgment was ‘sent to the parties’ despite tribunal using wrong address [ch 1: pages 14-15] (642 words)
Rana v London Borough of Ealing [2018] EWCA Civ 2074 

Chapter 2

2. Categories of worker — employment status [ch 2: pages 16-17] (577 words)

Most statutory employment rights depend on someone’s “employment status”. Key minimum employment rights such as the national minimum wage, ...
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Employers cannot compensate agency workers for worse terms by paying them higher wages [ch 2: pages 17-19] (969 words)
Kocur v Angard Staffing Solutions Ltd & Anor [2018] UKEAT/0181/17

Addison Lee cycle courier a ‘worker’ not self-employed [ch 2: pages 19-20] (719 words)
Addison Lee Ltd v Gascoigne [2018] UKEAT/0289/17

Zero hours worker could use full-time worker as comparator [ch 2: pages 21-22] (589 words)
Roddis v Sheffield Hallam University [2018] UKEAT 0299/17/DM

Zero hours contract worker was protected by Agency Worker Regulations [ch 2: pages 22-23] (753 words)
Brooknight Guarding Limited v Matei [2018] UKEAT/0309/17/LA

Supreme Court confirms ‘self-employed’ plumber is worker [ch 2: pages 24-26] (1,046 words)
Pimlico Plumbers Limited v Smith [2018] UKSC 29

Unite tackles abuse of umbrella companies in the employment tribunal [ch 2: pages 26-27] (735 words)
Blakely v (1) On Site Recruitment Solutions Limited and (2) Heritage Solutions City Limited [2018] UKEAT/0134/17/DA

Chapter 3

3. The employment contract [ch 3: page 28] (353 words)

The employment contract sets out the terms and conditions under which work is to be done and paid for.Once an employer has offered a job and the ...
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Tribunal can interpret contractual terms in wage claims [ch 3: pages 28-30] (751 words)
Agarwal v Cardiff University; Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive t/a Nexus v Anderson [2018] EWCA Civ 2084

Abused domestic worker could enforce employment contract despite having no right to work [ch 3: pages 30-32] (780 words)
Okedina v Chikale UKEAT/0152/17/RN UKEAT/0153/17

Zero hours contract worker entitled to normal wages while suspended [ch 3: pages 32-33] (724 words)
Rice Shack Limited v Obi [2018] UKEAT/0240/17/DM

Court of Appeal clarifies law on “last straw” resignations and constructive dismissal [ch 3: pages 34-35] (724 words)
Kaur v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 978

Staff had not agreed to variation of contract by continuing to work [ch 3: pages 35-37] (825 words)
Abrahall & Ors v Nottingham City Council & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 796

Chapter 4

4. Pay and conditions [ch 4: page 38] (273 words)

This Chapter highlights the key rulings in 2018 concerning pay and conditions, including the national minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks. ...
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EU court rules on right to carry over pay for untaken leave [ch 4: pages 38-40] (786 words)
King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd [2017] Case C-214/16 CJEU

Regular voluntary overtime included in holiday pay [ch 4: pages 40-41] (693 words)
Flowers & Ors v East of England Ambulance Trust [2018] UKEAT/0235/17/JOJ

Court ruling on national minimum wage sleep-in shift a ‘huge mistake’ [ch 4: pages 42-43] (956 words)
Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake [2018] EWCA Civ 1641

Twenty-minute rest break cannot be made up of several shorter breaks [ch 4: page 44] (369 words)
Crawford v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited [2017] UKEAT/0316/16/BA

Holiday pay for workers without “normal hours” must be based on 12-week average pay [ch 4: pages 45-46] (493 words)
Brazel v The Harpur Trust [2018] UKEAT/0102/17/LA

Injury to feelings compensation available for detriment for asserting working time rights [ch 4: pages 46-47] (589 words)
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service v Mansell [2018] UKEAT 0151/17/3001

Chapter 5

5. Unions, collective organisation and industrial action [ch 5: page 48] (356 words)

This Chapter sets out the key rulings delivered in 2018 that concern collective rights. It includes important new rulings enforcing the law against ...
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Unlawful inducement to circumvent pay negotiations by making offer direct to members [ch 5: pages 48-50] (650 words)
Kostal UK Limited v Dunkley & Others [2017] EAT UKEAT/0108/17/RN

Confidential union/member correspondence not disclosable unless necessary to resolve a specific disputed issue in the case [ch 5: pages 50-51] (594 words)
Dhanda v TSB Bank Plc UKEAT/0294/17

Rep unfairly dismissed over use of confidential information [ch 5: pages 51-53] (954 words)
Morris v Metrolink RATP DEV Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1358

Victory for pharmacists’ union in long-running recognition battle with Boots [ch 5: pages 53-56] (1,354 words)
PDAU v Boots Management Services Limited Case No. TURI/1062/2018 and others

IWGB pursues test case over statutory recognition for outsourced workers [ch 5: pages 56-57] (506 words)
Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v University of London Case Number [2017] TURI/1027 1 January 2018

Information and consultation regulations apply to Acas [ch 5: pages 57-58] (439 words)
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) v Public And Commercial Services Union (PCS) [2018] UKEAT/0160/17/RN

Chapter 6

6. Discrimination [ch 6: pages 59-60] (475 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine protected characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; ...
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Government transitional pension arrangements under challenge as discriminatory [ch 6: pages 60-62] (766 words)
Sargeant and Ors v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority [2018] UKEAT/0016/17/LA; Lord Chancellor and Ministry of Justice v McCloud & Mostyn [2018] EAT/0071/17/LA

Cancers are a disability even if they are non-invasive and unlikely to get worse [ch 6: pages 62-63] (486 words)
Lofty v Hamis (t/a First Café) [2018] UKEAT/0177/17

Police force committed perceived disability discrimination by mistakenly assuming a health condition was a progressive disability [ch 6: pages 63-64] (668 words)
The Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey UKEAT/0260/16

Employer can take account of views of occupational health specialists when determining if someone has a disability [ch 6: pages 65-66] (716 words)
Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 129

Email citing ‘health condition’ not enough to prove disability [ch 6: pages 66-68] (838 words)
Francis Mutombo-Mpania v Angard Staffing Solutions Limited [2018] UKEATS/0002/18/JW

Claim for discrimination arising from disability can succeed although employer does not know about link to disability [ch 6: pages 68-70] (951 words)
City of York Council v Grosset [2018] EWCA Civ 1105

Long hours culture can be a provision, criterion or practice triggering duty to make reasonable adjustments [ch 6: pages 70-72] (649 words)
United First Partners Research v Carreras 2018 EWCA Civ 323

GP Practice should have considered part-time option before dismissing disabled employee [ch 6: pages 72-73] (661 words)
Ali v Dr Torrosian & Others [2018] UKEAT/0029/18/JOJ

Poor handling of early retirement request by Ministry of Justice was not discrimination [ch 6: pages 73-75] (694 words)
Dunn v (1) Secretary of State for Justice; and (2) HM Inspectorate of Prisons [2018] EWCA Civ 1998

Equal pay claim not affected by comparators’ change of roles [ch 6: pages 75-76] (552 words)
Reading Borough Council v James & Ors [2018] UKEAT 0222_17

No direct discrimination in failing to pay enhanced Shared Parental Leave pay to men despite paying enhanced maternity pay to women [ch 6: pages 76-77] (567 words)
Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali [2018] UKEAT 0161/17

Tribunal to rule on whether paying less to employees taking statutory shared parental leave is indirectly sex discriminatory [ch 6: pages 78-79] (840 words)
Hextall v Leicestershire Police [2018] UKEAT 0139/1705

Context matters in claims for harassment [ch 6: pages 79-80] (390 words)
Bakkali v Greater Manchester Buses (South) Ltd (t/a Stage Coach Manchester) UKEAT/0176/17

‘Bad faith’ in a victimisation claim simply means dishonesty [ch 6: pages 80-82] (704 words)
Saad v Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust [2018] UKEAT/0276/17/JOJ

Instigating a disciplinary was the start of continuing discriminatory conduct, not a one-off act [ch 6: pages 82-83] (583 words)
Hale v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust UKEAT/0342/16/LA

Barclays can be held vicariously liable for historic sexual assaults [ch 6: pages 84-85] (698 words)
Barclays Bank PLC v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 1670

Chapter 7

7. Dismissal [ch 7: pages 86-87] (452 words)

Employees dismissed unfairly can go to a tribunal if they have been working for at least two years. Some specific types of dismissal do not require ...
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Dismissal vanishes automatically on successful appeal [ch 7: pages 87-88] (752 words)
Patel v Folkestone Nursing Home limited [2018] EWCA Civ 1843

Internal transfer letter not a resignation [ch 7: pages 88-90] (649 words)
East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy [2018] UKEAT/0232/17/LA

No strict rule that it is always unfair to dismiss for less than gross misconduct without a warning [ch 7: pages 90-92] (796 words)
Quintiles Commercial UK Ltd v Barongo [2018] UKEAT/0255/17/JOJ

Series of acts of misconduct can justify summary dismissal [ch 7: pages 92-93] (739 words)
Mbubaegbu v Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Rev 1) [2018] UKEAT 0218/17/1805

Failure to offer appeal in right-to-work case unfair [ch 7: pages 93-95] (699 words)
Afzal v East London Pizza Limited t/a Dominos Pizza [2018] UKEAT/0265/17/DA

Dismissal after failure to offer fixed-term employee alternative post was unfair [ch 7: pages 95-96] (717 words)
Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust v Drzymala UKEAT/0063/17

No obligation to review decision to dismiss after learning of pregnancy [ch 7: pages 97-98] (777 words)
Really Easy Car Credit Ltd v Thompson UKEAT/0197/17

Employers cannot rely on ‘illegality’ as fair reason for dismissal where employee has legal right to work in the UK but cannot prove it [ch 7: pages 99-100] (677 words)
Baker v Abellio London Ltd [2017] UKEAT/0250/16

Dismissal for some other substantial reason was fair despite no meeting [ch 7: pages 100-102] (745 words)
Hawkes v Ausin Group (UK) Limited [2018] UKEAT/0070/18/BA

Only decision-maker’s state of mind is relevant to dismissal [ch 7: pages 102-104] (873 words)
Royal Mail Ltd v Jhuti 2017 EWCA Civ 1632

Disclosure driven purely by self-interest is not protected by whistleblowing law [ch 7: pages 104-105] (437 words)
Parsons v Airplus International Ltd [2018] UKEAT/0111/17

Pension contributions count in calculation of ‘a week’s pay’ [ch 7: pages 105-106] (369 words)
University Of Sunderland v Drossou [2018] UKEAT/0341/16/RN

Head teacher fairly dismissed for failing to reveal personal relationship [ch 7: pages 106-107] (721 words)
Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16

Written notice of dismissal only valid from date it was read [ch 7: pages 107-109] (857 words)
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC 22

Chapter 8

8. Redundancy [ch 8: page 110] (175 words)

A redundancy situation exists where an employer closes or intends to close the workplace or reduce the number of employees doing a particular kind of ...
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Possible contract breach by council when it failed to offer chance to apply for enhanced voluntary redundancy [ch 8: pages 110-112] (829 words)
Lynam & Anor v Birmingham City Council UKEAT/0072/17/JOJ

Kids charity failed on redundancy collective consultation obligations [ch 8: pages 112-114] (851 words)
Keeping Kids Company v Smith & Ors [2018] UKEAT 005/17

Employer should have considered ‘bumping’ [ch 8: pages 114-115] (638 words)
Mirab v Mentor Graphics (UK) Ltd [2018] UKEAT 0172/17

Chapter 9

9. Business transfers and contracting out [ch 9: pages 116] (169 words)

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) are intended to protect the rights of employees on the transfer of ...
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There was a TUPE transfer to a parent company when it took over control from subsidiary of all aspects of day-to-day running of business [ch 9: pages 116-118] (777 words)
Guvera Ltd v Butler & Ors UKEAT/0265/16

TUPE inadequate to protect employees when services are ‘fragmented’ on a retendering [ch 9: pages 118-120] (857 words)
London Care Ltd v Henry and others UKEAT/0219/17; Carewatch Care Services Ltd v Henry and others UKEAT/0220/17

Withdrawal of travel time allowance was not a breach of TUPE [ch 9: pages 120-121] (641 words)
Tabberer & Others v Mears Limited [2018] UKEAT/0064/17/JOJ

PCT’s public health team engaged in an ‘economic activity’ and so covered by TUPE [ch 9: pages 121-123] (724 words)
Nicholls v Croydon LBC and Hacker v Croydon LBC [2018] UKEAT/0033 and 0004/18/RN

Chapter 10

10. Surveillance and monitoring [ch 10: page 124] (136 words)

With the spread of digitisation, privacy laws are of growing importance in the workplace. As well as the human right to privacy under Article 11 of ...
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Supermarket was liable for ‘serious’ data leak [ch 10: pages 124-125] (810 words)
WM Morrison Supermarkets PLC v Various Claimants [2018] EWCA Civ 2339