LRD guides and handbook January 2018

Case law at work - 14th edition

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Introduction [pages 4-6] (432 words)

This is the 14th 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: page 5] (413 words)

Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months (less one day) of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an ...
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UNISON victory secures abolition of tribunal fees [ch 1: pages 6-7] (737 words)
R on the application of UNISON v The Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51

Wrong to impose a deposit order that a claimant has no money to pay [ch 1: pages 7-8] (565 words)
Hemdan v Ishmail & Anor UKEAT/0021/16/DM

COT3 settlement agreement wording did not rule out subsequent claim [ch 1: pages 8-9 ] (454 words)
Department for Work and Pensions v Brindley UKEAT/0123/16/JOJ

Tribunal rules only allow Acas to issue one EC certificate per matter [ch 1: pages 10-11] (505 words)
HM Revenue & Customs v Garau UKEAT/0348/16/LA

Naming two respondents on the same Acas EC Notification Certificate did not invalidate claim [ch 1: page 11] (352 words)
De Mota v ADR Network & Anor UKEAT/0305/16/DA

Naming director instead of company as employer on EC Form was not a “minor error” [ch 1: page 12] (313 words)
Giny v SNA Transport Ltd UKEAT/0317/16/RN

Multi-claimant equal value claims under attack for using same claim form [ch 1: pages 12-14] (840 words)
Farmah and others v Birmingham City Council UKEAT/0286/15/JOJ, UKEAT/0289/15/JOJ, UKEAT/0009/16/JOJ, UKEAT/0059/16/DM &UKEAT/0227/16/JOJ

Chapter 2

2. Categories of worker — employment status [ch 2: page 15] (164 words)

Most statutory employment rights depend on someone’s “employment status”. Access to key minimum rights, such as the national minimum wage, ...
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Uber drivers are workers [ch 2: pages 15-18] (1,294 words)
Uber BV v Aslam & Ors UKEAT/0056/17

Plumber had ‘worker status’ and was not self-employed [ch 2: pages 18-19] (569 words)
Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith [2017] EWCA Civ 51

Lorry drivers were not self-employed [ch 2: pages 19-21] (758 words)
RS Dhillon and GP Dhillon Partnership v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 017 (TC)

Chapter 3

3. The employment contract [ch 3: page 22] (354 words)

The employment contract sets out the terms and conditions under which work is to be done and paid for. ...
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Employer not liable for assault by MD on co-worker after staff party [ch 3: pages 22-23] (492 words)
Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2016] EWHC 3104 (QB)

Teacher’s suspension fundamentally breached duty of trust and confidence [ch 3: pages 24-25] (529 words)
Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth [2017] EWHC 2019 (QB)

Chapter 4

4. Pay and conditions [ch 4: page 26] (187 words)

This Chapter highlights the key rulings in 2017 concerning pay and conditions, including the national minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks. ...
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No need to ask permission to take a rest break to bring claim for failing to provide breaks [ch 4: pages 26-27] (616 words)
Grange v Abellio London Ltd (Working Time Regulations) [2016] UKEAT/0130/16/DA

Claims for national minimum wage while on call or sleeping in [ch 4: pages 27-30] (1,124 words)
Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts UKEAT/0143/16/DM, Frudd and another v Partington Group UKEAT/0244/16/DM, Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake UKEAT/0290/16/DM

Holiday pay should include regular voluntary overtime [ch 4: pages 30-31] (518 words)
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts & Ors UKEAT/0334/16/JOJ

Chapter 5

5. Unions, collective organisation and industrial action [ch 5: page 32] (318 words)

This Chapter sets out the key rulings in 2017 concerning collective rights, including important rulings on the statutory recognition of trade unions ...
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Appeal court rejects attempt to use EU law to stop UK strike [ch 5: pages 32-33] (585 words)
Govia Gtr Railway Ltd v The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen [2016] EWCA Civ 1309

Permanent ban on strikes by prison staff [ch 5: pages 34-35] (489 words)
Ministry of Justice v The Prison Officers Association [2017] EWHC 1839

Sixth form college strike pay calculation must use 1/365 formula [ch 5: page 35] (373 words)
Hartley and others v King Edward VI College [2017] UKSC 39

Statutory right to negotiate over pay, hours and holidays [ch 5: pages 36-37] (775 words)
British Airline Pilots Association v Jet2.Com Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 20

Post-Trade Union Act ballot paper need not specify individual dates or frequency of industrial action [ch 5: pages 37-38] (374 words)
Thomas Cook Airlines Limited v British Airline Pilots Association [2017] EWHC 2253

Major victory for GMB at Lidl distribution warehouse [ch 5: pages 38-40] (659 words)
Lidl Limited v (1) CAC (2) GMB [2017] EWCA Civ 328

Tribunal backs safety rep’s right to time off for training [ch 5: pages 40-41] (655 words)
Bennett v London Borough of Camden, London Central Employment Tribunal Case No. 2200243/2017

No compensation awarded for safety rep’s injury to feelings [ch 5: pages 41-42] (448 words)
Rowe v London Underground Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0125/16/JOJ

Refusal of employment due to union membership includes union activities [ch 5: pages 42-44] (644 words) Ltd v Denby [2017] UKEAT 0070/17

Chapter 6

6. Discrimination [ch 6: pages 45-46] (442 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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Employer’s failure to link misconduct to disability was discriminatory [ch 6: pages 46-48] (888 words)
City of York Council v Grosset [2016] UKEAT/0015/16/BA

Tribunal wrong to rule that Type 2 diabetes could not be a disability [ch 6: pages 48-49] (566 words)
Taylor v Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd UKEAT/0353/15/DA

Multiple choice test discriminated against applicant with Asperger’s [ch 6: pages 49-50] (413 words)
The Government Legal Service v Brookes UKEAT/0302/16/RN

Teacher’s long-term stress not a disability [ch 6: pages 50-52] (801 words)
Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Council UKEAT/0100/16/LA and UKEAT/0101/16/LA

Not discriminatory to discipline minister over homophobic preaching [ch 6: pages 52-54] (780 words)
Trayhorn v The Secretary of State for Justice UKEAT/0304/16/RN

Claim for time off to attend religious festivals not made ‘in good faith’ [ch 6: pages 54-55] (406 words)
Gareddu v London Underground Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0086/16/DM

Headscarf ban legal in firm with neutral dress policy [ch 6: pages 55-56] (612 words)
Achbita, Centrum voor Geliijkheidvan Kansen en voor racismebestrijiding v G4S Secure Solutions Case C-157/15

Requirement for mother to work after 5pm was discriminatory [ch 6: pages 56-58] (782 words)
Fidessa PLC v Lancaster [2017] UKEAT/0093/16/LA

BA part-time contract terms less favourable than full-time contract [ch 6: pages 58-60] (976 words)
British Airways v Pinaud UKEAT/0291/16/DA

Failure to carry out adequate breastfeeding risk assessment was direct sex discrimination [ch 6: pages 60-61] (518 words)
Elda Otero Ramos v Servicio Galego de Saúde, Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social Case C‑531/15

No need for claimants to show “reason why” PCP causes particular disadvantage [ch 6: pages 61-64] (1,164 words)
Essop & Ors v Home Office (UK Border Agency), Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] UKSC 27

Same-sex couples have same survivor pension rights as others [ch 6: pages 64-65] (539 words)
Walker (Appellant) v Innospec Limited and others (Respondents) [2017] UKSC 47

Pay protection measures that perpetuated discrimination struck down [ch 6: pages 66-67] (778 words)
Glasgow City Council v UNISON claimants, HB claimants and GMB claimants [2017] CSIH 34

Store staff can use distribution workers as equal pay comparator [ch 6: pages 67-69] (718 words)
ASDA Stores Ltd v Brierley & Ors UKEAT/0011/17/DM

School segregation policy was unlawful [ch 6: pages 69-70] (648 words)
HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Appellant) v The Interim Executive Board of Al-Hijrah School (Respondent) [2017] EWCA Civ 1426 On appeal from: [2016] EWHC 2813 (Admin)

Initial burden of proof is on claimant in claims of direct discrimination [ch 6: pages 71-72] (635 words)
Ayodele v Citylink Ltd & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1913

Chapter 7

7. Whistleblowing [ch 7: page 73] (96 words)

Whistleblowing laws are found in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA). The Act gives workers specific rights, including the right not to ...
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Senior cardiologist unfairly dismissed over protected disclosures [ch 7: pages 73-75] (815 words)
Beatt v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 401

Court of Appeal adopts broad interpretation of ‘public interest’ test [ch 7: pages 75-77] (926 words)
Chesterton Global Ltd & Anor v Nurmohamed & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 314

Chapter 8

8. Dismissal [ch 8: pages 78-79] (477 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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Use of confidential material in disciplinary didn’t justify dismissal [ch 8: pages 79-81] (809 words)
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust v Corbin [2017] UKEAT/0163/16/LA and UKEAT/0164/16/LA

Lapsed warning could count in dismissal decision [ch 8: pages 81-82] (606 words)
Stratford v Auto Trail VR Ltd [2017] UKEAT/0116/16/JOJ

Senior manager’s negligent failure to intervene was gross misconduct [ch 8: pages 82-83] (655 words)
Adesokan v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 22

Doubts about nurse’s true identity could justify dismissal [ch 8: pages 84-85] (831 words)
Ssekisonge v Barts Health NHS Trust [2017] UKEAT/0133/16/LA

School too quick to dismiss teacher on long-term sick leave [ch 8: pages 85-88] (1,018 words)
O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy [2017] EWCA Civ 145

Chapter 9

9. Redundancy [ch 9: page 89] (184 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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Instruction to employees to move office based on mobility clause not reasonable [ch 9: pages 89-91] (971 words)
Kellogg Brown & Root (UK) Ltd v (1) Fitton UKEAT/0205/16 and (2) Ewer [2017] UKEAT/0206/16

Usual test of fairness applies to redundancy in restructuring [ch 9: pages 91-93] (759 words)
Green v London Borough of Barking & Dagenham [2016] UKEAT/0157/16/DM

Correct tests for suitable job and unreasonable refusal to take it [ch 9: pages 93-94] (593 words)
Dunne v Colin & Avril Ltd (t/a Card Outlet) UKEAT/0293/16/DA

Nautilus entitled to be consulted on worldwide redundancies affecting UK crew [ch 9: pages 95-96] (649 words)
Seahorse Maritime Ltd v Nautilus International [2017] UKEAT/0281/16/LA

UNISON can seek protective award for parks police [ch 9: pages 96-98] (1,044 words)
Vining v London Borough of Wandsworth [2017] EWCA Civ 1092

Chapter 10

10. Business transfers and contracting out [ch 10: page 99] (151 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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Group’s ‘principal purpose’ had changed by transfer date [ch 10: pages 99-100] (675 words)
Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Harland & Ors and Danshell Healthcare Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0173/16/DM

No duty on transferee to state if bonus was contractual or not [ch 10: pages 101-102] (698 words)
Born London Ltd v Spire Production Services Ltd UKEAT/0255/16/LA

Does a share sale mean a TUPE transfer has taken place? [ch 10: pages 102-103] (585 words)
ICAP Management Services Ltd v Berry & Anor [2017] EWHC 1321

Chapter 11

11. Surveillance and monitoring [ch 11: page 104] (132 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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European Court of Human Rights sets limits to employers’ right to monitor staff emails [ch 11: pages 104-106] (849 words)
Barbulescu v Romania Application No. 61496/08