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Weekly Issue 56 - March 2001

Labour & European Law Review Download issue

Part-timers win at last

Preston and Others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and Others: Judgement of the House of Lords; 8 February 2001

There will be another one along in a moment

Preston and Others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and Others: Judgement of the House of Lords; 8 February 2001

The European Court seems determined to cause maximum confusion in the case law on the Acquired Rights Directive. Its conclusions are increasingly unpredictable and difficult to reconcile with previous cases.

Calculating holiday pay

Taylor v East Midlands Offenders Employment Consortium [2000] IRLR 760

The need to calculate holiday pay due on termination of employment has become more frequent since the implementation of the Working Time Regulations 1998. Regulation 14 gives a worker a statutory entitlement to be paid in lieu of annual leave on termination of employment. The regulations also set out how such a payment is to be calculated.

Sex, race and equality

Equality Framework Directive (2000/78/EC)
European Race Directive (2000/43/EC)

For many years applicants in sex discrimination and equal pay cases have had a distinct advantage over Applicants in race and disability cases.

Experiences of political discrimination

Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1976
McKay v NIPSA 1995 IRLR 146
Whyed Gill v NICEM FET Dec1999
Paisley v Arts Council of NI & An Comhairle Ealaion FET July 1998
Treacy & Barry McDonald, In the matter of 2000 NIEHC 6

Lord Chancellor scrapes home

Coker and Osamor v the Lord Chancellor and the LCD [2001] IRLR 116

Lord Irvine's appointment of Garry Hart as his special adviser after the 1997 General Election victory was controversial. Allegations of "jobs for the boys" were rife.