LRD Booklets January 2007

Case law at work - 3rd edition

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Introduction (690 words)

There are over 70 pieces of employment legislation that govern workers' rights at work, from the right to be paid a minimum wage, to ...

1. The employment law system (7233 words)

Tribunal claims must be brought within specified time limits. In most cases this is three months from the date of the act complained of ...

2. Categories of worker (2725 words)

Some statutory rights apply only to employees while others apply more widely to workers. This means that it is sometimes necessary to have an ...

3. The employment contract (3296 words)

A contract of employment is, at its simplest, an agreement by a worker to carry out a particular type of work for an employer ...

4. Pay and conditions (1906 words)

In the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Ainsworth and others [2005] EWCA Civ 441, the Court of Appeal held that: ...

5. Union and collective organisation (269 words)

Mr Yewdall was his employer's fire safety officer, estate liaison officer and local health and safety officer. Claiming that he was harassed and bullied ...

6. Discrimination (12232 words)

There is specific legislation that prohibits discrimination on grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, unequal pay and ...

7. Sick pay and sickness absence (394 words)

Despite working for her employer for almost 15 years, Mrs Bellingham had no written contract. She became ill and was signed off work for ...

8. Working parents and carers (849 words)

History teacher Mrs Athis was denied a pay rise under the performance-related review system because her pupils' exam results were poor. She claimed that ...

9. Industrial action (251 words)

Finnish shipping company Viking planned to reflag one of its passenger ferries on the Estonia to Finland route and reduce the number of Finnish ...

10. Dismissal (5735 words)

The right to claim unfair dismissal is generally available only to employees who have at least a year's continuous service. However, there are certain ...

11. Redundancy (2203 words)

If a redundancy situation exists, the employer must establish the pool of employees who are affected and establish objective criteria for selecting those to ...

12. Business transfers and contracting out (4006 words)

If a business transfers from one employer (the transferor) to another (the transferee) its employees are protected by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of ...