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interpretation of contractual rights

Employment law is underpinned by contract law, the bedrock of the relationship between employer and employee. It is therefore not surprising that in the last few months there have been a number of cases turning on the construction of contractual documents. In Hay & others v Gilgrove Ltd the construction of a 1974 collective agreement…

Justice and Security Act 2013 and spooks

It is worth noting that the Justice and Security Act 2013 which received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013 will extend the used of closed material procedures (already allowed in employment tribunals) to other civil proceedings, where a party may be required to disclose “sensitive material” and it is in the interests of the ‘fair…

to consult or not to consult…

It has been a busy month in terms of collective consultation disputes, serving to underline how tricky these obligations can sometimes be. First up is the reminder, in Shields Automotive Ltd v (1) Langdon (2) Brolly and AEI Cables Ltd v (1) GMB (2) Unite (3) Individual Claimants, that awards for breaches of the collective…

how long can a risk of bias last for?

In 2011 Mr John Healey, described as “an experienced litigator”, brought an Employment Tribunal claim against Wincanton Group. The case came before Employment Judge Robinson sitting in Liverpool, was duly heard, and the tribunal reserved its decision. So far, so good. Unfortunately, Employment Judge Robinson’s memory failed him with disastrous consequences for the eventual judgment,…

National Minimum Wage increases announced

The Government has settled on the rates of National Minimum Wage, as proposed by the Independent Low Pay Commission, to come into effect on 1 October 2013. The announcement had been delayed for a month, prompting speculation that the Government might freeze the rates but Business Secretary Vince Cable said that he was confident that…