British Coal Corporation v Smith and others [1996] IRLR 404 HL

Reports relating to this case:

  • Equal pay: Comparators in cross-establishment claims

    Date:
    15 July 1996

    In British Coal Corporation v Smith and others, the House of Lords holds that a woman claiming equal pay for equal work with men employed by the same employer at different establishments must show that those men, and employees in the same category as them at her own establishment, were or would be employed on broadly similar terms and conditions.

  • Common terms and conditions test

    Date:
    1 July 1996

    In British Coal Corporation v Smith and others (22 May 1996) EOR68B, the House of Lords rules that "common terms and conditions of employment" within the meaning of s.1(6) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 means terms and conditions which are substantially comparable on a broad basis, rather than the same terms and conditions.