Legal News

A Bedford based health care provider has been fined after it failed to act on concerns raised by an occupational health nurse. The case concerned Ramsay Health Care (UK) Operations Ltd. Southwark Crown Court heard how in June 2014 an OH nurse raised concerns with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) relating to the running... Read more »
The Data Protection Bill was introduced into Parliament on 13th September. Diana Kloss’s latest blog looks at the new Bill and EU data protection regulations due to take effect next May. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will automatically become part of UK law on 25th May 2018, and will be supplemented by... Read more »
The Court of Appeal held it ‘arguable’ there was a legal obligation to disclose genetic test results to the patient’s daughter, against his wishes. A father was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. This meant each of his daughters, including the claimant who was pregnant, had a 50% chance of developing the condition. However he did not... Read more »
The EAT held that pay for voluntary overtime could be ‘normal’ pay, which under EU law had to be taken into account in calculating holiday pay. In Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts (bailii,org) the EAT had to consider whether payments received in respect of entirely voluntary overtime could be treated as forming part of... Read more »
Diana Kloss’s blog considers those who are neither ‘employees’ nor genuinely self-employed. What have court cases been saying, and would the proposals in the Taylor Review issued in July be helpful? There have been recent court cases finding against companies which argue that those who work for them are genuinely in business on their own... Read more »
Claimants need no longer pay fees to bring an employment tribunal claim, following a decision by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court held in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor (www.bailii.org) that the system of employment tribunal fees which has been in place since 2013 is unlawful. With immediate effect, tribunal fees are no longer payable.... Read more »
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 (www.bailii.org) the claimant had lived in the Middle East for over 15 years, and was recruited... Read more »