Legal News

The EAT held that in deciding whether a non-UK employee could bring a British employment claim, the fact his contract was governed by English law was relevant even if that was just for ‘convenience’. In Green v SIG Trading ( the claimant had lived in the Middle East for over 15 years, and was recruited... Read more »
A disabled worker taking ill health retirement was treated more favourably than non-disabled workers, but less favourably than someone who had not reduced their hours due to disability. In Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance Scheme v Williams (, the claimant received an enhanced pension because he was no longer able to work due... Read more »
The Court of Appeal has now considered whether the claimant’s disclosure of an alleged breach of his own contract of employment, which also affected 100 co-workers, could be regarded as in the public interest. In June 2013 it became a requirement for whistleblowing protection that the disclosure must, in the reasonable belief of the worker,... Read more »
The EAT largely upheld a tribunal decision that (on the facts) a college was entitled to dismiss a lecturer who had been off work with a depressive illness for over a year. In Pulman v Merthyr Tydfil College (, the employment tribunal concluded that the employer had done as much as could reasonably be expected... Read more »
The EAT went some way – but not that far – in considering Equality Act issues on redeployment and pay while off sick. In West v Royal Bank of Scotland ( the claimant developed cervical spondylosis and became unable to do her previous job. Part of the case related to her losing her entitlement under... Read more »
The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal held there was associative direct discrimination when the mother of a disabled child was dismissed. In McCorry & others as the committee of the Ardoyne Association v McKeith ( The claimant had a disabled child who was cared for by a family friend. Her manager sometimes insisted she take... Read more »
The EAT has held against an employer who refused to adjust a multiple choice recruitment test for a candidate for Asperger syndrome. In Government Legal Service v Brookes the claimant with Asperger’s argued that the multiple choice format of a ‘situational judgment test’ put her at a disadvantage, and requested to be allowed to give... Read more »
The EAT upheld a decision that on the facts there was no discrimination arising from disability (s.15 EqA) where a claimant who had been absent for a cancer operation was made redundant. In Charlesworth v Dransfields Engineering Services ( there was held not to be sufficient connection between the employee being made redundant and his... Read more »