WorkLife entries posted during July 2014

TUPE: ‘micro-business’ changes effective from today

TUPE: ‘micro-business’ changes effective from today

Just a quick reminder that the new TUPE regulation 13A comes into effect in relation to transfers taking place from today.  This was introduced under the 2014 amendment regulations but for some (unknown) reason there was a six month delay in implementation.  The effect is that employers with fewer than 10 (NB, not 10 or less) employees can consult directly with those employees in relation to transfers where there are no existing appropriate representatives or a recognised union.  There is no...

When is victimisation not victimisation?

When is victimisation not victimisation?

Our Schools Group has recently published its summer bulletin, containing articles on various aspects of the law relevant to schools. One of those articles covers an employment case dealing with the fraught interplay of grievance/disciplinary and victimisation issues, so I thought I’d include a link to it here.

Can you keep a secret? Anonymity at the Employment Tribunal

Can you keep a secret?  Anonymity at the Employment Tribunal

Most employers who have defended an employment tribunal claim will have at least some sympathy for celebrity cook Annabel Karmel.  Defending a claim of sexual harassment and race discrimination brought by a former employee, Ms Karmel sought (successfully at first) an anonymity order to prevent her, her company or the claimant being identified in the context of the allegations in any publication.  However, the Daily Mail then successfully applied to have the order overturned and the case quick...

War Horse: the musicians who will not be returning to the trenches (or orchestra pit)

War Horse: the musicians who will not be returning to the trenches (or orchestra pit)

War Horse is a personal favourite of mine. But it can't be just me who's a fan, over the past few years the play has been extremely successful. And part of this success must be down to War Horse's ability to capture its audience's imagination and hearts at the same time. However, as the recent case of Ashworth & Ors v The Royal National Theatre [2014] EWHC 1176 (QB) shows, a group of people who may not have such warm feelings towards the National Theatre and the play are the musicians who use...

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