Employment Law Update

March 13, 2018

Following high demand in 2017, Mukhtiar Singh and Ian Rees Phillips, teamed up with Central Law Training, will deliver a number of courses across the country in 2018.

There have been numerous changes in Employment Law in the past 12 months, with many more anticipated this year. To book a place on the course, please visit the CLT website here.

Forthcoming dates:

Mukhtiar Singh – 23 April 2018– Central London
Ian Rees Phillips – 8 June 2018 – Birmingham
Mukhtiar Singh – 4 October 2018 – Central London
Mukhtiar Singh – 15 October 2018 – Birmingham
Ian Rees Phillips – 25 October 2018 – Newcastle

The course provides detail on the Gender Pay Gap Regulations; the effect of what might replace the ET Fees Order following R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor in the Supreme Court; and the impact of Brexit.

There have been a host of interesting and important recent cases in Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the EAT. The course will consider:

  • The worker/employee/self-employed status in the gig economy – has the tide turned against ‘platform providers’? There will be in-depth consideration of Aslam & Farrar v Uber, Dewhurst v City Sprint & Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Smith
  • Can the ET interpret an employment contract in an unlawful deduction from pay claim, as considered in Agarwal v Cardiff University & Weatherilt v Cathay Pacific?
  • Is there a final answer in sight for all the questions raised by the Working Time Regulations? A wide number of important cases have been recently decided as to how WTR rights interact with sick pay, rolled up pay and commission payments
  • National minimum wage and the care industry – when is a care worker ‘on call’ and entitled to NMW in Focus Care Agency Ltd v Roberts?
  • Discrimination based on religion or belief – how and when should it be protected, and what occupation requirements will justify treating differing treatment, following Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions and Bougnaoui v Micropole Univers?
  • Indirect discrimination – the correct approach following Essop v Home Office (UK Border Agency); Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice
  • Numerous CA whistleblowing decisions in 2017 and particularly the relationship between private and public interest in Chesterton Global v Nurmohamed
  • Retrospective force under the Equality Act 2010 – should employers and pension schemes now be planning for what equality rights might be protected in the future, following Walker v Innospec?
  • Asda, and now other, equal pay litigation.

Six Pump Court’s Employment Law Team continues to grow in strength beyond its established presence in Kent and in London. If you would like members of our Employment team to provide training on any aspect of employment law, including on areas overlapping with civil and regulatory law, please contact Bridget Tough.