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

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.

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