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Equal pay and comparators

What happens when the pay of a comparator in an equal pay claim changes? Michael Halsey explains.

News headlines

Jun 08, 2018

Government wins appeal over LGPS and guidance on boycotts and divestment

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued statutory guidance on the investment strategy for the local government pension scheme (LGPS) that sought to…
May 21, 2018

Councillor succeeds in High Court challenge to imposition of sanctions

A councillor has won a High Court battle with a town council in Herefordshire over sanctions the authority imposed following a complaint by the clerk and deputy clerk.
May 17, 2018

Bailed chief executive at Liverpool City Council resigns

Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald has resigned a year after he stepped aside from the role following his arrest along with three other men as part of an investigation into conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness…
May 17, 2018

Disabled teacher who showed horror film to class wins £646k payout

A disabled teacher who showed the 18-rated film Halloween to a class of 15- and 16-year-olds has had his claim for discrimination arising from disability upheld in the Court of Appeal and is reportedly set to receive a £646,000 payout.
May 16, 2018

Tribunal rejects claims of detriment from safeguarding lead who sued for £1.4m

An Employment Tribunal has rejected whistleblowing allegations made against North Somerset Council by a former service leader in safeguarding.

Features and analysis

When can we dismiss for misconduct?

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Rebecca Driffield and Phil Allen look at the lessons to be learned from recent cases involving alleged unfair dismissals.

Whistleblowing. In tune again

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Adam Ohringer considers the implications of a Court of Appeal ruling in a whistleblowing case involving a London borough.

The LGPS and boycotts

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The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued guidance for the local government pension scheme that sought to prevent boycotts, divestment and sanctions. James Goudie QC sets out the reasons why.

Home tutors and SEN allowances

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A council has successfully appealed a ruling that required it to pay a special educational needs allowance to home tutors it employed. Peter Oldham QC explains why.

Older articles

May 18, 2018

Time extension and ACAS EC

In a case involving a borough council the Employment Appeal Tribunal has endorsed the sequential approach to time extension for ACAS EC (early conciliation), report Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen.
May 17, 2018

Bailed chief executive at Liverpool City Council resigns

Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald has resigned a year after he stepped aside from the role following his arrest along with three other men as part of an investigation into conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness…
May 17, 2018

Disabled teacher who showed horror film to class wins £646k payout

A disabled teacher who showed the 18-rated film Halloween to a class of 15- and 16-year-olds has had his claim for discrimination arising from disability upheld in the Court of Appeal and is reportedly set to receive a £646,000 payout.
May 16, 2018

Tribunal rejects claims of detriment from safeguarding lead who sued for £1.4m

An Employment Tribunal has rejected whistleblowing allegations made against North Somerset Council by a former service leader in safeguarding.
May 11, 2018

Variation of contracts and lack of protest

A city council recently lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases from 2011 to 2013. Craig Ludlow and Sarah Bowen analyse the ruling.
May 04, 2018

Payment for being on stand-by

Are workers entitled to be paid when on stand-by? Allison Cook reports on a significant ruling by the European Court of Justice.
May 02, 2018

Welsh council wins appeal over whether SEN allowance was payable to teachers

A Welsh council has won an appeal over whether former teachers were entitled to be paid SEN (Special Educational Needs) allowance under their contracts.
Apr 27, 2018

Dismissal and contractual notice

The Supreme Court has ruled that written notice of dismissal is only valid once read. Phil Allen considers the implications.
Apr 23, 2018

Employees win Court of Appeal dispute with council over pay increases

Nottingham City Council has lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases with effect from April 2011.
Apr 18, 2018

Judge hears case over councillor behaviour, employee grievances and codes of conduct

The High Court has this week (17 April) heard a judicial review challenge brought by a town councillor over the imposition of sanctions.
Apr 13, 2018

Multiple allegations of misconduct

In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.
Apr 06, 2018

TUPE and gaps between contracts

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.
Apr 05, 2018

County council to take action after governance failures at development subsidiary

Northumberland County Council is to make radical changes to the governance of its wholly-owned development company Arch after auditors found a host of irregularities and “significantly lax” employment and payroll practices.
Mar 29, 2018

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.
Mar 23, 2018

TUPE and fragmented services

Harmajinder Hayre looks at a case which illustrates the importance of identifying the pre-transfer activities in a service provision change.
Mar 15, 2018

Head teacher fails in Supreme Court challenge to dismissal over failure to disclose

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal brought by a head teacher who was sacked after she failed to disclose her friendship with a convicted sex offender to a local authority.
Mar 08, 2018

Supreme Court to rule next week on disclosure obligations of head teachers

The Supreme Court will next week (14 March) rule on the scope of a head teacher’s contractual obligation of disclosure and her right to a private life.
Mar 08, 2018

Council admits chief inspector of weights and measures was not properly qualified

Cheshire East Council has admitted that its chief inspector of weights and measures did not have a required qualification for the job.
Mar 08, 2018

Employment law and workplace equality

With International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March, Andrew Brett looks at the extent to which UK employment legislation has helped to achieve equal rights for women and whether more work is needed to achieve equality in the workplace.
Mar 06, 2018

Ministers rule out imposing mandatory reporting of child abuse

The government has ruled out mandatory reporting of child abuse, in a move welcomed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

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