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Labour and European Law Review

Thompsons’ Labour and European Law Review (LELR) is recognised as an authoritative source of comment and discussion of rulings which fall under both UK and European law. Available to read here, and also via a weekly email bulletin, LELR offers considerable insight into the latest issues affecting trade unions and their members.

 

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Weekly Issue 799

  • HSE guidance on accessible workplaces
  • Settlement terms
  • Incomplete investigation

Weekly Issue 798

  • Widespread workplace discrimination
  • Wide discretion
  • Prior consultation

Weekly Issue 797

  • Low pay facing disabled workers
  • Extension of time
  • Disciplinary policy

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 799

HSE guidance on accessible workplaces

The UK body responsible for health and safety has issued proposals about how to make workplaces more welcoming for people with impairments and health issues.

Employment rights

Weekly Issue 799

Settlement terms

When opting out of employment rights, employees cannot agree not to bring a complaint about an issue that they were unaware of when they signed the accord.

Unfair dismissal

Weekly Issue 799

Incomplete investigation

When investigating an incident at work, employers must bear in mind the importance of having a thorough procedure even if they consider it to be unnecessary.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 798

Widespread workplace discrimination

In response to a survey about prejudice in the workplace, about a fifth of people said that they had experienced some form of prejudice in the preceding year.

UK Law

Weekly Issue 798

Wide discretion

Although tribunals may proceed with a hearing without one of the parties, they must also consider whether that person has understood the potential consequences.

Redundancy and Protective Awards

Weekly Issue 798

Prior consultation

Before deciding who they might lay off, employers must ensure that they engage in worthwhile dialogue with anyone who might be affected early on in the process.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 797

Low pay facing disabled workers

A survey has found that the pay rates for workers with impairments are significantly lower than those without impairments, with women being the biggest losers.

Employment rights

Weekly Issue 797

Extension of time

Tribunals can take the effects of mental ill health into consideration when deciding whether an employer should be allowed more time to respond to a claim.

Disciplinary and dismissal

Weekly Issue 797

Disciplinary policy

When deciding whether a termination for poor behaviour was fair, tribunals should ideally have seen the employer’s policy document, but it is not essential.

Compensation

Weekly Issue 796

Low pay for night work

A survey has found that people who work the third shift are not being properly recompensed for the risks and inconvenience that they and their families face.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 796

Only one number

When large groups of workers lodge tribunal claims involving conciliation, it is only necessary for claimants to ensure that one EC number appears on the form.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 796

Without privilege

According to rules governing client lawyer confidentiality, parties cannot backdate protection so that it applies to documents already lodged with the tribunal.