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Author: John Antell, Godolphin Chambers
Resource type: ELA Briefing
Whether there are any circumstances in which an agency worker can complain of unfair dismissal is a question that has been the subject of considerable debate. Two years ago the Court of Appeal in the case of Montgomery v Johnson Underwood Ltd [2001] IRLR 269 appeared to close the door on the possibility of an unfair dismissal claim against the agency
Author: James Baker, Macfarlanes
Resource type: ELA Briefing
Permanent health insurance policies are a common feature of employment benefit packages. But how many employees or employers read the small print of their policies, and know what is or is not covered? There has been a slow but steady stream of cases in which the courts have considered whether or not employees are entitled to be compensated for the loss of benefits under their policies.
Author: Alan Delaney, Maclay Murray & Spens
Resource type: ELA Briefing
The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force on 2 October 2000, heralding a new era based on rights and respect for fundamental freedoms. There was endless discussion of the areas of employment law that were likely to be affected by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Topics: Miscellaneous
Author: Jill Kelly, Clarks, Reading
Resource type: ELA Briefing
The question of what constitutes a relevant filing system (RFS) in practice must be one of the top Data Protection Act (DPA) conundrums among a mass of uncertainties. The Office of the Information Commissioner has consistently taken the view that manual personnel records will constitute such a system – public policy appears to demand that a personnel file with the name on the front must constitute an RFS, regardless of the niceties of its structure.
Author: Jill Kelly, Clarks, Reading
Resource type: ELA Briefing
The comments of the Court of Appeal in Franks v Reuters Ltd & anor (see In practice, page 74) may be seen as alarming for any user of temporary workers. With the exception of the rogue decision of the EAT in Motorola Ltd v Davidson & anor [2001] IRLR 4,
Author: Jill Kelly, Clarks, Reading
Resource type: ELA Briefing
In this column last December, I asked whether the decision of the ECHR in Wilson & anor v UK [2002] IRLR 568 would result in radical change. The government’s response to this appears in its review of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ELA Briefing, May 2003 Special feature).
Topics: Trade unions
Author: Oliver Britton, a solicitor in practice on his own account
Resource type: ELA Briefing
When employees who are claiming unfair dismissal deliver a schedule of loss or, via ACAS, at least name their price, the chances of a settlement are substantially enhanced, if not brought to an early conclusion. Unfortunately, employees and their representatives often do not serve schedules until only a few days before the hearing.
Author: C R Orchard Gales Solicitors
Resource type: ELA Briefing
I was concerned by Mr Jonathan Ashworth’s suggestion in Platform (ELA Briefing, April 2003) that costs ordinarily should follow the event if, in his judgment, the parties are unreasonable about compensation.
Author: Jane Fraser, partner, Maclay Murray & Spens
Resource type: ELA Briefing
Dudley Bower Building Services Ltd v (1) PC Lowe (2) WS Atkins Facilities Management Ltd (3) Serco Ltd (EAT 856/01) was heard by the EAT on 29 July 2002, with the decision promulgated on 18 February 2003. Jane Fraser reports
Topics: TUPE
Author: Sam Whitaker is a senior associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Resource type: ELA Briefing
The EAT’s decision in Lawson v Serco Ltd (EAT/0018/02) will be of considerable importance to UK employers with overseas employees. The decision confirms that such employees have the right to bring unfair dismissal claims in UK tribunals. Sam Whitaker reports
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