North Western Health Board v McKenna [2005] IRLR 895 ECJ

Reports relating to this case:

  • Reduction in sick pay of pregnant worker is lawful

    Date:
    1 November 2005

    It is not discrimination to reduce the sick pay of a female worker who is absent due to pregnancy-related illness in the same way as for a male worker who is absent for some other illness, nor to offset such absences against the full entitlement under a sick leave scheme, rules the ECJ in North Western Health Board v McKenna (8 September 2005).

  • Equal pay: Sick pay scheme not discriminatory

    Date:
    14 October 2005

    In North Western Health Board v McKenna, the ECJ holds that a sick leave scheme that treats female workers who suffer from a pregnancy-related illness in the same way as workers suffering from other types of illness falls within the scope of the Equal Pay Directive 75/117/EC rather than the Equal Treatment Directive 76/207/EC.

  • Case round-up: Sick pay schemes and pregnancy-related illness

    Date:
    27 September 2005

    This week's case round-up from Eversheds, covering the treatment of pregnancy-related illnesses in sick pay schemes.

  • Sick pay scheme treatment of pregnancy-related illness not discriminatory

    Date:
    15 September 2005

    On 8 September 2005, the European Court of Justice ("the ECJ") gave its decision in the case of North Western Health Board v McKenna C-191/03.