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Archives: October 2013

Employee shareholders; our experience so far

We’ve been asked to advise upon and have implemented some employee shareholder arrangements in the first few weeks of their existence. As the employee shareholder concept has been criticised by many in HR and employment law, we have set out our experiences to date.

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The latest on the Woolworths appeal

In the case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (successors to Woolworths PLC) and another the Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has published its decision permitting the Secretary of State leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. The EAT has provided the following summary for its decision:

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Direct age discrimination: objective justification of a directly discriminatory redundancy scheme

In Lockwood v Department of Work and Pensions and anor, the Court of Appeal have held that a voluntary redundancy scheme benefiting older employees, was objectively justified despite being less favourable treatment on the ground of age.

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First sight of Employment Tribunal statistics following the introduction of fees

The impact of tribunal fees on the number of employment tribunal claims received is the subject of much speculation. The Ministry of Justice has published statistics for the period between July and September 2013. The headlines are as follows:

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The Woolworths case – practical impact on HR1 notification

Most employers will be aware of the recent decision in the case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (successors to Woolworths PLC) and another. In the Woolworths case the EAT took the view that UK law does not comply with the European Collective Redundancies Directive and that references to establishment for the purpose of collective redundancy consultation should be disregarded.

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Targeting the veil – Department of Health reviews its employees wearing full face veils

The Department of Health has announced a review into whether NHS staff in England should be allowed to wear full face veils (the niqab).

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Scottish independence – analysing the impact on HR and employment law

There is less than a year to go until the Referendum in Scotland which will establish whether Scotland will remain part of the UK.

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Vorsprung Durch Technik – still on course?

This common phrase meaning advancement through technology has always been used as a slogan for the German automotive industry but often as an indicator of the general strength of the German economy within the Eurozone.

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Tribunal affirms the right to an impartial grievance appeal is a significant employment right

This case examines an employee’s right to an impartial grievance appeal. Mr Blackburn was employed by Aldi Stores Ltd as an LGV driver. He raised a grievance in relation to health and safety issues, lack of training and his mistreatment by Aldi’s deputy transport manager.

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