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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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Latest Issues

Weekly Issue 731

  • Tribunals at crisis point
  • Interim discrimination
  • Relevant factors

Weekly Issue 730

  • Increase in workers' deaths
  • Directly effective
  • Gender critical

Weekly Issue 729

  • BME workers lose out
  • Mindful dismissal
  • Trade union activities

Employment rights

Weekly Issue 731

Tribunals at crisis point

Recent research has revealed an extensive list of problems within the workings of the court system which have been exacerbated by the recent health crisis.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 731

Interim discrimination

Although tribunals have the power to provide a temporary solution In certain claims, a court has confirmed that this option is not available in equality claims.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 731

Relevant factors

Although tribunals are able to give more time to claimants bringing discrimination claims, they have to consider all relevant issues when making their decision.

Health and Safety

Weekly Issue 730

Increase in workers' deaths

The number of workers killed over the last year has increased compared to the year before but overall the figures have been fairly consistent for several years.

Equal pay

Weekly Issue 730

Directly effective

When deciding an equal pay claim relating to workers who operate out of different workplaces, it has been confirmed that European law is directly effective.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 730

Gender critical

Equality law protects people from discrimination if they hold certain beliefs which might shock some people as long as they do not advocate loathing for others.

Equality, discrimination and harassment

Weekly Issue 729

BME workers lose out

A study has found that workers from different backgrounds have experienced variable terms and conditions, such as the number of hours offered to them each week.

Unfair dismissal

Weekly Issue 729

Mindful dismissal

When claimants challenge the termination of their employment, tribunals must focus on the reasoning used by the person who was responsible for dismissing them.

Industrial Action

Weekly Issue 729

Trade union activities

When deciding whether strike action constitutes a protected act under the law, the appeal tribunal has held in an important judgment that it can be protected.

Recognition

Weekly Issue 728

No automatic right

Although all workers have the right to join a labour movement body, that does not mean to say that they also enjoy the right to organise as a labour movement.

Health and Safety

Weekly Issue 728

Health and safety activities

A court has held that the law does not just protect employees carrying out health and security actions but also the way in which they carry out those actions.

Health and Safety

Weekly Issue 728

Fundamentally breached

Once an employee has been able to show that their employer has violated their contract at a radical level, the employer cannot then resolve that violation.