Updated to include information on Benkharbouche v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Libya v Janah, in which the Supreme Court considered if state immunity could prevent claims for EU employment law breaches.
In this case about discrimination in the provision of goods and services, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has held that a Christian bakery committed direct sexual orientation discrimination when it refused to fulfil an order for a cake featuring a message in support of same-sex marriage.
James Buckley, Iain Naylor, Chris McAvoy and Lucy Sorell are associates and Mona Jackson is a trainee solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
A model policy on political activity in the workplace.
A Northern Ireland industrial tribunal has provided a useful example for employers of circumstances in which it can be fair to dismiss an employee for offensive comments made about a work colleague on Facebook.
An employment tribunal has found that a firefighter was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct after he circulated an email to a large number of colleagues about the replacement of beds with chairs for resting firefighters on night shifts.
A 13-year battle over the right to union representation is almost certain to change UK employment law. Phil Boucher reports.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to art.10 of the Convention on Human Rights (the right to freedom of expression).