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King’s Speech includes employment legislation for new Parliamentary session

The King has announced the Labour Government’s legislative programme for the new Parliamentary session at the State Opening of Parliament. Proposals relevant to employment law include banning ‘exploitative’ zero-hour contracts, ending the practice of ‘fire and rehire’, making the protection from unfair dismissal a ‘day one’ right and introducing mandatory ethnicity and disability pay reporting for large employers.

Flat rate fee imposed on part-time driver did not breach Part-time Workers Regulations

In Augustine v Data Cars Ltd, the EAT has upheld an employment tribunal’s decision that a minicab firm’s imposition of a flat rate ‘circuit fee’ on a part-time driver, which was set at the same level for full-time drivers, did not breach the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 SI 2000/1551 (PTWR).

Care home workers fairly dismissed for refusing to comply with mandatory vaccination policy

In Masiero and ors v Barchester Healthcare Ltd, the EAT has upheld an employment tribunal’s decision to reject the unfair dismissal claims of care home workers who were dismissed for refusing to comply with their employer’s policy requiring them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic.