Working Time: Rest breaks – EAT clarifies positive approach required from employers

Liz Parkin outlines a recent EAT decision which offers clear guidance on the obligation to provide workers with a rest break ‘Where a worker’s daily working time is more than six hours, an adult worker is entitled to an uninterrupted rest break of not less than 20 minutes.’The Working Time Directive (WTD) requires that all …
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Legal News: Employment update

Adam Hartley rounds up recent case law and developments affecting employers and their advisers First director of labour market enforcement appointed‘There is no doubt that the Home Office is getting tough on illegal working. Employers should therefore review their processes to make sure that they are well placed to deal with an inspection and any …
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Tribunal Reform: Is it all change for employment litigation?

Joanne Owers and Richard Fox comment on the government’s latest proposals to modernise the employment tribunal system ‘The consultation paper promises “radical” and “transformational” changes over the next five years to the way in which employment cases are litigated.’On 5 December 2016, a joint consultation on reforming the employment tribunal system was launched by the …
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Corporate Governance: Restoring the reputation of big business

Catrina Smith and Amanda Sanders examine proposals for companies to publish pay ratios showing what their senior executives earn compared to the rest of the workforce and for increased employee involvement in decision making ‘There is a perception that executive pay has become increasingly disconnected from both the pay of ordinary working people and the …
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Bereavement Leave: Do we need more regulation?

Calls have been growing for employees who suffer the loss of a child or other close relative to be entitled to paid time off, report Anna Byford and Marian Bloodworth ‘Employers who are already dealing with the complexity of existing family leave schemes may be reluctant to embrace another set of entitlements, particularly given the …
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Religious Discrimination: Is the law working?

Alex Bearman considers the findings of a recent report on whether the legislation which protects religious freedoms is striking the right balance ‘In keeping with the Commission’s stance in the cases where it has intervened, the report expresses strong opposition to extending the exceptions which currently exist to commercial organisations.’The laws which seek to protect …
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Disability Discrimination: A round-up of recent cases

Mark Stevens reviews four EAT decisions on the requirements around medical evidence in disability cases and on what amounts to a disability ‘An employer will not escape liability in a s15 EqA claim simply because the evidence available at the time of its decision did not establish a link between the behaviour in question and …
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