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Five things we learnt in employment law this week

Barclays Bank has been found to be vicariously liable for assaults committed by a doctor engaged to carry out medical examinations. In this case, more than 126 women were assaulted by the doctor during these medicals (Various claimants v Barclays Bank Plc). 2. The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals...
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case has ruled that voluntary overtime worked for a sufficient period of time on a regular and/or recurring basis should be included in holiday pay (Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others). 2. The former executive chairman of motor association AA may lose...
In a landmark ruling this week, the Supreme Court has held that the current fee regime in place prior to lodging a Tribunal claim, which was introduced in 2013, is unlawful (R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor). 2. A new consultation statement has been issued seeking...
A Police Officer who was seen celebrating a win whilst at horse racing after calling in sick at work has been found guilty of gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice in "order to maintain public confidence in the force". 2. The Tea House Theatre in London has received...
The Supreme Court has allowed an employee's appeal for his same-sex partner to receive the same pension benefits as a heterosexual partner would receive (Walker v Innospec Ltd and others). 2. The Court of Appeal has confirmed that a disclosure which is in the private interest of the worker...
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the 10% Simmons v Castle uplift should be applied to injury to feelings and personal injury awards. (Pereira de Souza v Vinci Construction UK Ltd). 2. The Court of Appeal has held that damages for stigma and loss of future prospects can...
Equal pay claimants performing different work cannot bring a joint equal pay claim on the same claim form.  If claims are based on a different set of facts, they can be struck out on the grounds of irregularity (Farmah & ors v Birmingham City Council & ors, Employment...
Large employers with a January to December financial year are expected to publish their first slavery and human trafficking statements by the end of June. The Government guidance is that organisations can publish the statement alongside any other annual or non-financial reports that they are required to produce. 2....
Employees are not obliged to disclose an intention to compete lawfully with their employer. An Employment Tribunal held that, although there is a general duty to answer questions truthfully, a departing employee is not under a contractual obligation to disclose his own confidential plans to set up in competition...
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is representing an individual in a claim against CitySprint which is intended to clarify whether TUPE transfer rules can apply to "workers". 2. A report due to be published this summer suggests that workers on zero hours contracts could be given...