Five people - four men and one woman - dismissed from the British Armed Forces for being gay, have won substantial compensation awards from the government, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
A 13-year battle over the right to union representation is almost certain to change UK employment law. Phil Boucher reports.
Continuing our series on the implications of recent significant cases, Sue Nickson, partner and national head of employment law at Hammonds Suddards Edge, looks at the issues
This week's case roundup, covering keeping contracts up-to-date and unfair dismissal. By Russel Brimelow of Eversheds.
In Wilson and others v the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights holds that, whereas the absence under UK domestic law of compulsory collective bargaining did not, in itself, give rise to a violation of article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, preventing employees from exercising their right to have their trade union protect their interests rendered that right illusory.
Disciplinary proceedings taken by the Securities and Futures Authority against a securities trader involved the "determination of his civil rights and obligations", but not the determination of "any criminal charge" within the meaning of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, even though the proceedings could result in fines and a suspension, holds the Court of Appeal in R v Securities and Futures Authority Ltd and another ex parte Fleurose.
Hilary Slater, consultant with Cobbetts solicitors, provides a round-up of employment tribunal decisions on discrimination.
There was a real danger that a professional body's disciplinary system lacked the necessary independence and impartiality to make it compliant with the right to a fair hearing under human rights law. We review the Privy Council's decision in the case of Preiss v General Dental Council.
Employment lawyers have a great deal to thank Hollywood actor Michael Douglas for, according to a leading employment law advocate.
In Scanfuture UK Ltd v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the EAT holds that, prior to changes made in 1999, an employment tribunal was not "independent and impartial" within the meaning of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights when hearing a complaint to which the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was a party, in this case a claim for an insolvency payment.
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