Five things we learnt in Employment Law this week (26 May 2017)

  1. 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”.
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James Rhodes, partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

2. A report due to be published this summer suggests that workers on zero hours contracts could be given the right to request a move to a fixed number of hours. The right to request more hours will be similar to other formal requests and the employers will have to provide serious business reasons to refuse the request.

3. Major companies including Barclays, Co-op and Boots are set to introduce a “silver quota” to increase the number of over 50s that they employ by 12% in the next five years.

4. The Court of Appeal held that a dismissing officer’s belief regarding whether a disclosure is a protected one is irrelevant. It was found that whether a disclosure is protected is a matter for the employment tribunal and to hold otherwise would deprive the ERA of its’ intended protection (Beatt v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust).

5. A recent study has found that long hours of commuting might be having an adverse effect on individuals’ health and performance at work. The study found that workers with a commute of less than thirty minutes gain an extra seven days’ worth of productive time each year.

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