WorkLife entries posted during November 2016

Have a break… - do employers need to be proactive when dealing with rest breaks?

Have a break… - do employers need to be proactive when dealing with rest breaks?

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) state that workers have the right to take certain rest breaks as follows; - a daily rest period of 11 hours' uninterrupted rest per day; - a weekly rest period of 24 hours' uninterrupted rest per week (or, at the employer's choice, 48 hours per fortnight); - an uninterrupted 20 minute rest break where the working day is longer than six hours; and - 'adequate' rest breaks for workers carrying out monotonous work, such as on a production line, where this...

Handling the redundancy process fairly: judgment from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Thomas v BNP Paribas

Handling the redundancy process fairly: judgment from the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Thomas v BNP Paribas

The EAT's recent judgment in the case of Thomas v BNP Paribas provides some useful pointers and warnings for employers engaging in a redundancy consultation, particularly the importance of handling the process with sensitivity.

Workers on company boards: The lady is for turning

Workers on company boards: The lady is for turning

Back in July Jonathan Eley noted the wide range of possible changes to employment law heralded by Theresa May's arrival in No 10 Downing Street, perhaps the most headline-grabbing of which was worker representation on company boards. Clearly four months is a long time in politics, particularly in this most eventful of years, because on Monday in her speech to the CBI the Prime Minister back-tracked on the policy.

Segregation – not discrimination? Some thoughts on the judicial review application in the Interim Executive Board of X School v Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Segregation – not discrimination? Some thoughts on the judicial review application in the Interim Executive Board of X School v Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

I’d considered writing about this case when I first heard about it last week, but decided not to do so because it seemed on the face of it more relevant to education than employment law.  However, having come back to it and looked in a bit more detail at the judgment, it seems to me that it has real resonance in our context – not least since it highlights how easily the principles of discrimination law can be applied with different implications in different contexts, and also how implementati...