Labour & European Law Review
03 February 2016
The UK has ratified a landmark ILO agreement to combat forced labour, people trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. Along with Niger and Norway, it is one of the first nations to sign the international convention.
Claimants in indirect discrimination claims have to prove that their employer applied a criterion which put them at a particular disadvantage. In Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice, the Court of Appeal held that a pay system which was based on length of service was not discriminatory against Muslim prison chaplains because it was not the reason for the disparity in pay with Christian chaplains.
In a claim of less favourable treatment, part-timers have to make a comparison between their treatment and that of a comparable full-timer. In Ministry of Justice (MoJ) v Burton and Engel, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that part-time property judges, who were only paid for writing up judgments as a matter of discretion, had been treated less favourably than full-time tax judges who were entitled to be paid.