How the Employment Rights Act is not fit for purpose in a world of lockdowns

In the wake of a national public health emergency workers across the economy have been told that for their own safety and to minimise the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus that if they are able they should work from home. It is an eminently sensible exhortation but the reality is that those in sectors … Continue reading How the Employment Rights Act is not fit for purpose in a world of lockdowns

The mind of the decider (2): The effect of Jhuti

The Supreme Court's long awaited decision in Jhuti has now been delivered which is one all employee reps would do well to be aware of. The legal issue which the judgement addresses was surveyed a few weeks ago in which I expressed hope that the Court of Appeal's decision in Orr would be overruled. To recap, under … Continue reading The mind of the decider (2): The effect of Jhuti

Labour Party to promise new flexible working rights

The whole strategy of political parties briefing on what a politician 'will say' and the media reporting on what is just a PR exercise is something that infuriates me rather than, you know, wait until the politician has made their speech and then reporting on that. With that in mind what follows will strike readers … Continue reading Labour Party to promise new flexible working rights

Employment Tribunal Fees to Return

Last year's monumental decision by the Supreme Court in Unison ruled that  the introduction in 2013 of fees for claimants to bring discrimination, unfair dismissal and other employment claims was unlawful. This was an excellent decision, for which Unison deserve a lot of credit. In the aftermath I discussed this case with colleagues and the … Continue reading Employment Tribunal Fees to Return

Tribunal victory for Unite rep blacklisted by construction bosses ‘draws line in the sand’

Reposted from the Unite website: A Unite workplace rep, who was blacklisted by his employer Interserve Industrial Services because of his union activities while working at a power station at Runcorn, Cheshire, has won his employment tribunal (ET) case for unfair dismissal. Unite, the country’s largest union, hailed this as ‘a great victory which draws … Continue reading Tribunal victory for Unite rep blacklisted by construction bosses ‘draws line in the sand’

Unite Union, Labour, and Zero Hour Contracts

It is certainly not a new tactic: when a politic party makes a proposal with which the other parties are not too enamored they adopt a guilt by association posture. And so it was last week, fresh from the Labour Party launching its Business manifesto cracking down on zero hour contracts, the Tory cheerleaders at … Continue reading Unite Union, Labour, and Zero Hour Contracts

Whistleblowing: not just and equitable

A scenario: Sarah, who is an employee, suspects that the company's finance officer is 'cooking the books' by skimming company funds into his personal accounts having come across a printed document left on the printer in the office.  Concerned about this Sarah reports her concerns to the company's HR director and explains that she thinks … Continue reading Whistleblowing: not just and equitable