the Beecroft report and "protected conversations"

A remarkable kite-flying exercise emerged today with widespread news coverage of the report about employment law produced by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft at the request of David Cameron. With headlines such as “Scrap unfair dismissal claims for lazy workers – report” (BBC) and “Give firms freedom to sack unproductive workers, leaked Downing Street report advises”…

just how far can the concept of philosophical beliefs extend?

As originally drafted, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 prohibited discrimination on grounds of religion or "similar" philosophical beliefs. Then the Equality Act 2006 removed the requirement for such similarity, and extended the protection to any philosophical belief: the Equality Act 2010 s.10 continues with that wide definition. Removal of just one word…

an employee may well be reasonable in resisting pay cuts, but that does not automatically make it unreasonable to dismiss and re-engage them

In these continuing hard times, with profits squeezed and businesses facing collapse, it is becoming increasingly common to consider salary reductions as a cost saving exercise. Although some consider it a risky option, given the prospect of employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and breach of contract, it is well established that dismissal for refusal…