Recent Cases

The result of the UK’s EU referendum to be held on 23 June 2016 will have an impact on every major business in the UK. Even if UK stays in the EU, there is no doubt that Europe is changing fast. If there is a vote to leave there would be no change in […]

An employee who pulls a sickie or exaggerates the effects of an injury could be dismissed for gross misconduct. In Metroline West v Ajaj, Mr Ajaj was employed as a bus driver. He slipped at work and reported he had suffered an injury. He was seen by Occupational Health who advised that he was […]

National Living Wage The Government’s new National Living Wage is now law. From 1 April 2016, employers need to pay workers aged 25 and over (and not in the first year of apprenticeship) the National Living Wage which has been set at £7.20 per hour. The current National Minimum Wage for those under […]

Fit for Work service Department for Work and Pensions initiative The Fit for Work service has been introduced to provide free occupational health assessments and return to work assistance for employees who have been absent for four weeks or more. There is a cap on the value of the assessments at £500 (tax-free) per employee […]

Associative discrimination Prior to the case of Sharon Coleman v Attridge Law LLP (2008) C-303/06 (“Coleman case”), UK law did not prohibit associative discrimination against an employee on the grounds of disability. However, since this case, UK law now has to be read in line with the EU Equal Treatment Framework Directive (“The Directive”). In […]