Labour & European Law Review
27 October 2011
Two former NUJ presidents have launched a national news service carrying stories, features and comment about trade unions.
Union news was founded recently by freelance writer Tim Lezard and former BBC producer Pete Murray to cover industrial issues often overlooked by the mainstream media.
Under the 1998 Working Time Regulations (WTR), security workers are exempt from the right to a rest break, but are entitled to an equivalent period of “compensatory rest”. In Hughes v The Corps of Commissionaires Management Ltd, the Court of Appeal said that a period of “compensatory rest” could still qualify as a rest break, even if the security worker remained on call and could be interrupted.
When deciding whether a dismissal is fair, Tribunals must ask whether it was within the range of responses available to an employer acting reasonably. In Perry v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said that it was not reasonable for an employer to dismiss an employee for failing to tell them she was working for another Trust whilst on sick leave just so that it could consider redeploying her.