In R (on the application of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and another, the High Court held that the Government has failed to implement properly EU health and safety Directives by excluding workers from the UK implementing legislation.
An employment tribunal held that a redundancy exercise that effectively ruled a pregnant employee out of an available role in the Middle East was discriminatory. The tribunal's £50,121 award included £25,000 for injury to feelings.
In Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice, the Court of Appeal confirmed that, while cost alone is not sufficient, the employer's need to reduce expenditure due to budgetary constraints imposed by the Government is a legitimate aim, and the discriminatory pay policy a proportionate means of achieving that aim.
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