Employment-related claims- procedure and form

UK: Court of Appeal confirms broad approach to permissible equal pay comparators and procedural requirements

The Court of Appeal has given two rulings in the long-running equal value claim against Asda, in both cases ruling on preliminary points in favour of the store workers claiming equal pay with distribution depot workers. The claims will now … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment-related claims- procedure and form, Jurisdiction: UK, Remuneration (including bonus and incentive plans), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

Australia: Top 10 Trends in Employment and Industrial Relations – 2018

Just in time for your holiday reading, we’ve compiled our Top 10 Trends in employment and industrial relations in Australia for 2018. Click here to review our selection. We’d love to hear your thoughts if you have any comments.

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Australia: The federal Modern Slavery Bill becomes law

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) was passed into law on 29 November 2018. It is expected to commence in January 2019. The Bill creates an ongoing obligation for ‘Reporting Entities’ to file a modern slavery statement (Statement) – being a … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Employment-related claims- procedure and form, Jurisdiction: Australia

UK: information gathering by in-house lawyer in order to obtain external advice may not be protected by legal advice privilege

The High Court has ruled in Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd that an in-house lawyer’s communications with an employee of the business, who was accepted to be her in-house “client” for some purposes, were not protected by legal … Continue reading

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UK: Law Commission consultation on employment tribunals

The Law Commission has launched a consultation on the jurisdictions of the employment tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and the civil courts in employment and discrimination matters. The consultation seeks views by 11 January 2019 on a wide range of proposals, … Continue reading

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UK: Court of Appeal ruling on scope of protection for internal investigations

The Court of Appeal has handed down its eagerly awaited decision in The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd. The High Court had found that notes of interviews with employees were not protected by … Continue reading

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UK: No privilege for advice on how to “cloak” dismissal on basis of discrimination as dismissal for redundancy

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in X v Y Ltd has ruled that an email containing advice from an in-house lawyer was not protected by privilege due to the “iniquity principle”, as there was a strong prima facie case that it advised on … Continue reading

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Australia: Employment Taxes Update

Our colleagues at Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills have released their Employment Taxes Update (April to July 2018 edition).

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Is there a role for ADR in employment disputes?

The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series is a unique and ambitious initiative to inform how civil and commercial disputes are resolved in the 21st century, collating views from over 4000 people at 28 conferences spanning 24 countries worldwide. Herbert Smith Freehills teamed … Continue reading

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Singapore: Amendments to the Singapore Employment Act

Following a public consultation on the review of the Singapore Employment Act (the “EA”), the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) announced on 5 March 2018 that amendments to the EA will be implemented effective 1 April 2019.

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Filed under Business sales/transfers, Employment-related claims- procedure and form, Jurisdiction: Asia, Termination of employment, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace flexibility and family-friendly rights