In Slack and others v Cumbria County Council and Equality and Human Rights Commission sub nom Cumbria County Council v Dow (No.2)  IRLR 463 CA, the Court of Appeal held that employees engaged on consecutive contracts for the same work, and on the same terms, apart from a reduction in hours, were in a "stable employment relationship" for the purposes of time limits under the Equal Pay Act 1970.
The Court of Appeal has held that employees whose contract had been varied were employed in a stable employment relationship. The change to their terms did not have the effect of triggering the time limit for equal pay claims. Therefore their claims were in time.
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