Unison plans Supreme Court appeal after latest setback on employment tribunal fees – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 28th, 2015 in appeals, employment tribunals, fees, news, Supreme Court, trade unions by sally

‘Unison has applied for permission to take its legal challenge to the Government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal this week rejected the union’s claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th August 2015

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Is the Government’s recent Trade Union bill compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights? – Cloisters

Posted August 27th, 2015 in bills, consultations, human rights, news, trade unions by sally

‘In what has been billed as the biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years, the Conservative government have published a draft Trade Union Bill along with three separate consultation documents on ballot thresholds in important public services, hiring agency staff during industrial action and tackling intimidation of non-striking workers.’

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Cloisters, 4th August 2015

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Uber faces legal action in UK over drivers’ rights – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in employment, news, taxis, trade unions by sally

‘Uber, the taxi-app firm, is facing legal action over whether it affords its drivers basic rights and treats them as employees rather than “partners” or “contractors”.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Trade Union Bill: Ministers unveil strike law reforms – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2015 in bills, consultations, industrial action, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘Legislation designed to toughen up the laws on strike action is to be unveiled by the government later. The Trade Union Bill proposes minimum turnouts in strike ballots, time limits on mandates for industrial action and changes to political levies.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Decision on striking workers’ pay could make action less attractive, says expert, as Queen’s speech confirms new ballot rules – Out-Law.com

‘Employers may be entitled to deduct a day’s pay for strike action at the rate of 1/260th of the striking worker’s salary depending on contractual terms, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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Out-Law.com, 28th May 2015

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Blacklisted workers seek to prise open secrets of covert police surveillance – The Guardian

‘Blacklisted workers have intensified their campaign to uncover the extent of secret police surveillance operations against them.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2015

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University and College Union v University of Stirling – WLR Daily

University and College Union v University of Stirling [2015] UKSC 26; [2015] WLR (D) 188

‘An employee was dismissed as redundant for the purposes of an employer’s duty to consult about proposed collective redundancies if the reason for his dismissal was not something to do with him—such as something he was or something he had done—but was a reason relating to the employer, such as his need to effect business change in some respect.’

WLR Daily, 29th April 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

University and College Union (Appellant) v The University of Stirling (Respondent) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

University and College Union (Appellant) v The University of Stirling (Respondent) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 26 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 29th April 2015

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PE teacher paid £40,000 following an injury when demonstrating the long jump – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 7th, 2015 in compensation, news, personal injuries, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘A PE teacher who won £41,000 after injuring himself while demonstrating the long jump​​ and a teacher given £75,000 for tripping over a carpet were ​ among thousands of claims worth more than £26 million last year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd April 2015

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EAT denies claimants court fees recovery because union paid them – Litigation Futures

‘A group of employees who successfully appealed a tribunal ruling over the interpretation of their contracts cannot recover court fees because their union paid them, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2015

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“Good news” for employers as High Court rejects second tribunal fee judicial review – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 19th, 2014 in employment tribunals, fees, judicial review, news, trade unions by sally

‘The High Court has dismissed a second judicial review application by the trade union UNISON against the recent introduction of employment tribunal fees. Lord Justice Elias said that the union had not been able to provide evidence of “any actual instances” of individuals that had been prevented from making a claim by the introduction of fees.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th December 2014

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Probation reforms ‘moving too quickly’, inspector warns – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2014 in news, probation, public private partnerships, reports, trade unions by sally

‘Changes to probation services in England and Wales are being pushed through too quickly, the service’s chief inspector has warned.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Probation privatisation judicial review dropped by union – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2014 in contracting out, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘A legal challenge to government plans to privatise parts of the probation service has been called off by the union representing probation staff.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2014

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Chris Grayling to press ahead with probation service privatisation – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in murder, news, probation, public private partnerships, rehabilitation, trade unions by sally

‘The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has told MPs he will press ahead with a decision on Wednesday to privatise the probation service, despite renewed public safety concerns and before the outcome of a high court challenge next week.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2014

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Probation changes linked to murders – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in contracting out, murder, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘Changes to the way offenders are supervised in England and Wales may have contributed to two murders, says the probation officers’ union.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2014

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Holiday pay: Who is affected – and how much could you be paid? – The Independent

Posted November 5th, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, minimum wage, news, trade unions by sally

‘Staff who regularly clock up overtime could now be able to claim additional pay for annual vacation leave.’

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The Independent, 4th November 2014

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Probation union launches legal challenge over government reforms – BBC News

Posted October 30th, 2014 in contracting out, news, probation, trade unions by sally

‘A legal challenge to government plans to privatise some probation services in England and Wales has been launched by the probation officers’ union Napo.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2014

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Courts should not be given free rein to create new defences against trade mark infringement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 7th, 2014 in courts, defences, EC law, intellectual property, judiciary, news, trade unions by sally

‘Proposals by academics to allow new defences against trade mark infringement to be created in the future should be resisted, a trade mark law specialist has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2014

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Regina (Boots Management Services Ltd) v Central Arbitration Committee (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Boots Management Services Ltd) v Central Arbitration Committee (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills intervening); [2014] EWHC 2930 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 398

‘Paragraph 3 of Schedule A1 to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 was not incompatible with article 11 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 12th September 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Union law review frozen after barrister objects to ministerial statements – The Guardian

Posted August 6th, 2014 in barristers, industrial action, inquiries, news, political parties, trade unions by sally

‘An independent review of laws governing industrial disputes has been dramatically scaled back after the QC in charge objected to recent ministerial announcements on introducing anti-strike laws.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2014

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