Five things we learnt in employment law this week (4 August)

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  1. The employment tribunal sifting procedure is unlawful to the extent that it requires a judge to reject a claim without a hearing (Trustees of William Jones’s School Foundation v Parry)

  2. James Rhodes, DAC Beachcroft.
    James Rhodes, DAC Beachcroft.

    A tribunal must weigh the legitimate aims of an employer against the discriminatory effect of a PCP when considering objective justification (XC Trains Ltd v CD and Aslef)

  3. A former Greggs baker was fairly dismissed for not washing his hands (Donovan v Greggs plc)

  4. Labour leadership hopeful, Owen Smith, has set out a detailed set of proposed employment law reforms which he would pursue if elected leader.

  5. There have been 9,000 enforcement actions in the last year against employers for failing to comply with pension auto-enrolment requirements.

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

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