Posts Categorized: Employment Law

New ‘Vento’ Bands

Following a consultation, the Presidents of the Employment Tribunal have issued revised guidance on the amount of compensation payable for injury to feelings in discrimination cases (the ‘Vento’ bands). In future, the guidance will be subject to revision on an annual basis, without the need for further consultation, with the first review taking place in… Read more »

Depressed Supermarket Worker Wins Disability Discrimination Payout

Disability is a broad legal concept and encompasses not just physical incapacity but also mental ill health and all of its consequences. In one case, a supermarket worker whose short temper was a symptom of his depressive illness won more than £6,000 in compensation for disability discrimination (Wills v Marks & Spencer plc). Mr Wills… Read more »

Office Worker’s Mild Visual Impairment ‘Not A Disability’

The definition of ‘disability’ has been the subject of much legal debate ever since the Equality Act 2010 came into force. However, an Employment Tribunal (ET) has shed some much-needed light on the issue in a case concerning a visually impaired office worker. The woman had worn spectacles since childhood and her eyesight had deteriorated… Read more »

New Minimum Wage Rates

The following changes to the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into effect on 1 April 2017: The NLW for those aged 25 and over increased from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 per hour; The NMW for 21- to 24-year-olds increased from £6.95 per hour to £7.05; The NMW for… Read more »

Actor in Cosmetic Treatment Tax Appeal Refused Anonymity

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are obliged to keep individuals’ tax affairs secret – but confidentiality generally does not survive an appeal. Exactly that happened in one case in which  well-known actor Martin Clunes sought to set off the cost of cosmetic treatment against his Income Tax was refused an anonymity order. The actor argued… Read more »

Employers Must Be Proactive To Ensure Workers Get Proper Breaks

In an important test case concerning a bus driver who claimed to have been forced to work eight-hour shifts without a break, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has warned employers that they are required to take a proactive approach to compliance with the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). The man’s working day was fixed at… Read more »

Dismissal for Breach of Hygiene Rules Was Fair

In Donovan v Greggs plc, the Employment Tribunal (ET) ruled that the employer’s decision to dismiss an experienced baker for failing to comply with its strict hygiene rules was fair. Bakery chain Greggs plc operated a strict policy on hand washing, details of which were included in the staff handbook. The need to comply with… Read more »

Whistleblowing Undercover Police Officers Win Right to Compensation

Workplace whistleblowers are protected by law and employers have to be extremely careful not to persecute them for their activities. In one case that proved the point, two police detectives who were removed from undercover duties after making complaints about management won the right to substantial compensation. The two officers had made repeated and undoubtedly… Read more »

Marriage Vow is Sacred – Teacher Wins Religious Discrimination Ruling

In an important decision which emphasised everyone’s right to pursue their religious convictions, a teacher who considered her marriage vow sacrosanct, and stood by her husband despite his conviction for sex offences, won the right to compensation after she was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed. The woman’s husband, who was a school headmaster, had been… Read more »