WorkLife entries posted during October 2016

A Shakespearean Tale? The Uber Employment Tribunal case decision – featuring Queen Gertrude

A Shakespearean Tale?  The Uber Employment Tribunal case decision – featuring Queen Gertrude

Well, well, well – Ian, the Black Cab Driver, who was born just off the Caledonian Road and who drove me home from the office late last night you are absolutely correct – the Employment Tribunal “is not silly”, they know what a taxi driver is when they see one and, most significantly, they have decided that Uber drivers are not genuinely self-employed and are in fact “workers”. 

“Gay cake”– confirmation from the Court of Appeal

“Gay cake”– confirmation from the Court of Appeal

By way of a brief update on the “gay cake” case, the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland this week upheld the County Court’s decision that the bakery had directly discriminated against Mr Lee by association on the ground of sexual orientation.

Family-friendly rights – what does the future hold?

Family-friendly rights – what does the future hold?

Over the past few weeks, I had cause to consider the state of family friendly rights in the UK: how we got where we are, where we are now and what might happen in the future.  It has got me thinking.

Come on, Judge, tell us what you’re thinking

Come on, Judge, tell us what you’re thinking

Parties and lawyers in employment tribunal cases often scrutinise the Employment Judge’s comments and reactions at preliminary hearings with a view to getting an early indication as to which way the Judge might be leaning. Now there is a means by which parties can get an assessment from a Judge at an early stage in proceedings of the strengths, weaknesses and risks of the parties’ respective claims.