WorkLife entries posted during June 2015

Uber confusing

Uber confusing

I noted with interest a recent ruling by the California Labor Commissioner that an Uber driver in that state was an employee, not a self-employed contractor.    Uber argued it was no more than a “neutral technology platform” but this commissioner disagreed, concluding “the reality… is that [Uber] are involved in every aspect of the operation”.  That included controlling the tools drivers use (for example the iPhone app provided and the fact that cars must be registered with Uber, be less than...

Collective consultation - Ignorance is definitely not a defence

Collective consultation - Ignorance is definitely not a defence

The EAT recently considered the case of Ivor Hughes Educational Foundation v Morris involving the collective redundancy consultation obligations.  By way of background, the Foundation operated a number of schools including Peterborough and St Margaret’s School (‘the School’).  On 27 February 2013, a meeting of the governors was held at which a decision was made that unless pupil numbers increased (which was not likely) the School would need to close.  On 25 April 2013, the decision was made...

Changes to employment contracts post St Mary’s: can you change an employment contract?

Changes to employment contracts post St Mary’s: can you change an employment contract?

Seeking to vary an employee’s contract can involve technical employment law issues and requires careful management especially if the changes are contentious.  Where they are not contentious (pay increase or promotion spring to mind) then the changes will normally happen by mutual consent and contracts will be updated without much legal or practical difficulty.

Travelling time v Working time

Travelling time v Working time

The issue of working and travelling time is currently being considered by the ECJ, and an Advocate General’s Opinion was recently published in the case of Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL. 

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