WorkLife entries posted during June 2016

Brexit – More questions than answers?

Brexit – More questions than answers?

Now the UK has voted to leave the European Union, businesses and employment lawyers alike are questioning what impact this vote might have on our existing employment protections - after all, much of our employment law is derived from or interpreted in accordance with EU law (particularly in relation to discrimination, working time, collective rights, agency workers..the list goes on).  The short answer is that until the nature of our exit is determined, it is business as usual.  It is highly...

Employment law and case update

Employment law and case update

This week, understandably overshadowed by the final stages of the referendum, there have been a number of interesting cases and employment law developments. Here is a summary to bring you up to date.

Could Cameron be saved by a German and a headscarf?

Could Cameron be saved by a German and a headscarf?

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice recently issued her opinion in Achbita and Another v G4S Secure Solutions NV , a Belgian case brought by an employee alleging direct religious discrimination against her employer, a private company (G4S), which had prohibited its employees from 'wearing any visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs and/or from giving expression to any ritual arising from them' whilst on duty. Ms Achbita, a practicing Muslim who h...

Sports Direct – the latest developments in the criticism over working practices

Sports Direct – the latest developments in the criticism over working practices

Mike Ashley's grilling by the select committee this week has attracted lots of media attention into working practices at Sports Direct, the public company relegated out of the FTSE 100 earlier this year following a series of allegations relating to allegedly poor working practices.