Neil Window is a trainee solicitor, Heather Marsh, Carly Mather, Associate and David Rintoul are associate solicitors, and Catherine Barker is managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
In DLA Piper's case of the week, Benkharbouche v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan; Janah v Libya, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that two domestic workers employed in the UK by embassies could proceed with their employment claims.
Revised to take into account the abolition of employment tribunal fees as a result of the Supreme Court's decision in R (on the application of Unison) v Lord Chancellor.
David Malamatenios is a partner and Colin Makin, Linda Quinn, Krishna Santra and Sandra Martins are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
In X v Mid Sussex Citizens' Advice Bureau and another  IRLR 146 SC, the Supreme Court held that the Equal Treatment Framework Directive does not encompass volunteers within the scope of "occupation". Accordingly, a volunteer who was not engaged under a worker's contract was not protected by the domestic legislation.
In Abdulla and others v Birmingham City Council  IRLR 38 SC, the Supreme Court held that the civil courts may not strike out an equal pay claim as being more conveniently disposed of by the employment tribunal when the claim cannot be pursued there because it is out of time.
The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal decision that an unpaid volunteer with no contract was not protected by the (now repealed) Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and that the Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC) does not cover voluntary activity.
The Supreme Court has held that, in deciding whether or not an employee who works overseas can claim unfair dismissal, the test is whether or not the connection between Great Britain and the employment is sufficiently strong to overcome the general rule that the place of employment is decisive.
In Duncombe and others v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families  IRLR 498 SC, the Supreme Court held that the employment of teachers seconded to European Schools on successive fixed-term contracts was objectively justified. However, the teachers could bring unfair dismissal claims in Great Britain in respect of the non-renewal of those contracts, even though they worked wholly abroad.
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