Contrary to long established practice, the Employment Appeal Tribunal in University of Sunderland v Drossou UKEAT/0341/16/RN has held that the calculation of a “week’s pay” under the Employment Rights Act 1996 should include employer pension contributions. Previously these payments were excluded from the calculation of a week’s pay on the basis that they were not paid directly to the employee but to the pension fund.
The English High Court has issued a judgement in Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth which reminds us that suspension of an employee, even in the face of potentially serious allegations, could amount to a breach of the employment contract.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recommended 6 new ‘fair opportunities for all’ strategies to tackle gender, ethnicity and disability pay gaps in the UK. These aim to break down barriers for women and disabled people.
In Efobi v Royal Mail Group Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal was asked to consider the burden of proof provisions in a discrimination case. These are the rules found in statute – section136 of the Equality Act 2010 - which guide Tribunals in making findings in fact as to whether or not discrimination has been established in evidence.
A husband and wife team who have been working as foster carers have successfully established that they should be regarded as having employee status following a landmark ruling in the Glasgow Employment Tribunal.