In British Airways plc v Mak and others  EWCA Civ 184 CA, the Court of Appeal upheld the tribunal's decision that it had jurisdiction to hear discrimination claims by Hong-Kong-based cabin crew because the claimants worked partly at an establishment in Great Britain.
The Supreme Court has held that teachers employed by the Government to work in European Schools, which it described as "international enclaves", are entitled to bring unfair dismissal claims in the UK.
In Southern Cross Healthcare Co Ltd v Perkins and others  IRLR 247 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an employment tribunal had no jurisdiction to interpret a term of the employee's contract relating to his entitlement to annual leave.
The Supreme Court has held that it was objectively justified to employ teachers on successive fixed-term contracts amounting to nine years in total, and that these contracts were not converted into permanent contracts.
The Court of Appeal has held that the tribunal was correct to decide that it had jurisdiction to hear claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination by two British employees who worked for the Ministry of Defence in Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Court of Appeal has held that employment tribunals do not have jurisdiction to construe contractual terms and conditions contained or referred to in written statements of particulars of employment.
The Court of Appeal has held that an employee who was employed under a series of fixed-term contracts and whose contract was terminated could bring a claim of unfair dismissal despite the fact that he was employed to work outside Great Britain. Territorial limitations to unfair dismissal rights should be modified where necessary to enable a right emanating from European law to be enforced.
In Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust v Hurst and others; Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and others v Arnold and others  IRLR 452 CA, the Court of Appeal held that, in order to comply with step one of the statutory grievance procedure, it is sufficient for an employee to inform her employer that her grievance relates to equal pay. Further detail, such as identification of comparators, is not required.
In Arnold & others v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and other joined appeals EAT/0332/08, EAT/0365/08 and EAT/0366/08, in a departure from the Highland Council decision, the EAT held that, to confer jurisdiction on the employment tribunal in an equal pay case, it is sufficient for a grievance to state that an equal pay claim is being raised and for any subsequent tribunal claim to relate to equal pay.
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