Employment Newsletter Summer 2015
In This Edition:
At last summer has landed and it's warming up nicely: well at least for the Wimbledon fortnight and then I am sure normal "service" (pardon the pun) will resume!
In this issue we have Gareth Price’s article on the Court of Appeal age discrimination case of CLFIS (UK) Ltd v. Dr. Mary Reynolds which discusses whether an ET is obliged to look at the mental processes of others who may have had involvement in the steps leading to the decision to dismiss. Roger Quickfall considers the hot topic of zero hours contracts and Kirti Jeram reviews the extent to which an Employment Tribunal has a duty to assist unrepresented litigants. David Reade QC gives us a helpful insight to his recent case in the ECJ for Woolworths. Finally, Andrew Sugarman talks about his recent success on behalf of the Immigration Appeal judges, where an appeal was lodged by parties not involved in the first instance decision.
The general election is over and despite all the pre-election polls it has produced a majority Conservative Government. The Employment Bar joined the fight over the steep rise in Tribunal Fees as a "barrier to access to justice" with its letter to the government urging it to carry out a review of the fees. A Government review of the fees is expected in late 2015. We also await UNISON’s challenge to the fees regime which continues in the Court of Appeal, and a decision on this is not expected until autumn this year.
Lets be hopeful that by the time of our next newsletter in the autumn we've got some good news on fees to discuss.
I hope you enjoy reading our Newsletter and that you have a pleasant summer break.
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In CLFIS (UK) Ltd v. Dr. Mary Reynolds  EWCA Civ 439 the Court of Appeal held that, when considering whether a Claimant’s age was the reason for her termination, it is the reasons behind the decision maker’s decision alone which matter. This article considers that case and its implications.
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There can be few areas of employment law that have received as much public attention in recent years as so-called ‘zero hours contracts’. The term is used to describe those contracts under which the worker is not entitled to receive a minimum amount of work. In November 2013 the CIPD estimated there were just over a million people in the UK employed under such contracts.