Five things we learnt in employment law this week (March 8 2019)

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James Rhodes, Partner at DAC Beachcroft LLP.

  1. The Court of Appeal has held that, where a ‘special case’ worker is unable to take an uninterrupted rest break, the employer does not have to provide an uninterrupted compensatory rest break, provided that the worker does receive breaks which, in aggregate amount to at least 20 minutes. (Network Rail Infrastructure Limited v Crawford)

2. An employer is able to suspend an employee without breaching the implied term of trust and confidence when it has reasonable and proper cause to do so and is not a “kneejerk” reaction. (London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, Court of Appeal)

3. Where documents supporting an appeal are served late on the EAT as a result of carelessness and lack of sufficient proactive attention to the matter, this would not give rise to exceptional circumstances which would warrant an extension of time. (Acetrip v Dogra, Employment Appeal Tribunal)

4. A study has found that more than 20% of job-seekers would like more guidance about what job would be relevant for them, with 17% wanting advice on how to improve their CV.

5. Two-thirds of workers admit to being irritated by a co-worker’s messy desk.

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

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