Five things we learnt in employment law this week (23 February 2018)

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five things employment law this week February 9
James Rhodes, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP

1. Time spent by a firefighter on standby at home (close to work) is working time (CJEU, Ville de Nivelles v Matzak).

2. Children born to British mothers outside the UK between 1949 and 1983 can apply to register as British citizens by virtue of matrilineal descent (Supreme Court, Advocate General for Scotland v Romein).

3. An employer cannot rely on events which post-date a proposal to dismiss 20 or more employees to retrospectively justify a failure to commence collective consultation promptly (EAT, Keeping Kids Company v Smith & others).

4. HMRC have indicated that the new rules on taxation of PILONs will only apply to dismissals which occur on or after 6 April 2018 and not payments in respect of earlier dismissals.

5. A report by the Centre for Ageing Better revealed that supporting older workers to stay in high quality employment could unlock a big economic potential. The report suggests that shifting the focus from younger people to older people could help the economy.

James Rhodes
James Rhodes is an employment partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP (

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