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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 783

  • Challenge to new agency regulations
  • Issues of fairness
  • No diplomatic immunity

Weekly Issue 782

  • Paid neonatal leave
  • Protection undermined
  • Belief and lack of belief protection

Weekly Issue 781

  • Increased demand for ACAS services
  • Giving up collective rights
  • Separate numbers

Agency workers

Weekly Issue 783

Challenge to new agency regulations

Thompsons has sent an ultimatum to the government on behalf of thirteen unions to rescind new regulations about using temporary workers which break other laws.

Redundancy and Protective Awards

Weekly Issue 783

Issues of fairness

When considering redundancy, tribunals have an obligation to consider certain matters to do with equity even if the parties to the claim did not mention them.

Vulnerable and migrant workers

Weekly Issue 783

No diplomatic immunity

There is no exemption from civil law in the UK for overseas diplomats if a tribunal finds they have been maltreating a worker employed in their own household.

Maternity/Parental rights

Weekly Issue 782

Paid neonatal leave

A new law provides protection for workers with babies born early so that they can take a specific period of leave if the baby has to be cared for in hospital.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 782

Protection undermined

The appeal tribunal has said that tribunals have a range of options open to them in disability cases, including the possibility of the person working elsewhere.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 782

Belief and lack of belief protection

The law says that workers with certain views have the right to be protected, but that only applies if they were discriminated against because of those views.

Information and consultation

Weekly Issue 781

Increased demand for ACAS services

According to the annual report from the conciliation service, there are more and more demands for its expertise ranging from giving advice to settling disputes.

Employment rights

Weekly Issue 781

Giving up collective rights

The appeal tribunal has clarified that just because an employer puts forward a proposal which they say is final, negotiations are not necessarily at an end.

Information and consultation

Weekly Issue 781

Separate numbers

When lodging more than one claim, the appeal tribunal has confirmed that the claimant must make sure they have separate conciliation numbers for each of them.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 780

Protected philosophical beliefs

Because certain convictions, such as whether someone is a woman or a man, are legally protected, workers who hold those views cannot be discriminated against.

Freedom of information and data protection

Weekly Issue 780

Transcript recordings

Although tribunals have not historically audio-recorded their hearings, that is not to say that claimants do not have a right to a copy if they ask for one.

Compensation

Weekly Issue 780

Maximum uplift

The law says that if an employer breaches certain protocols, then the tribunal can increase recompense even if it was not clear which protocol they breached.