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Podcast: Key employment cases for 2019

Which employment cases will have the biggest impact on HR in 2019? We assess the likely impact on employers of upcoming cases on: the national minimum wage, shared parental leave, holiday pay, restrictive covenants, collective bargaining, covert CCTV, and employment status.

The 2019 cases that we discuss pose the following questions:

  • Are sleep-in care workers entitled to the national minimum wage while asleep?
  • Is it sex discrimination for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay?
  • Is ambulance workers' voluntary overtime sufficiently regular and settled to be included in the calculation of holiday pay?
  • Is a restrictive covenant that prevents an ex-employee from being "concerned or interested in" a competitor for six months too wide to be enforceable?
  • Are employers permitted to make direct pay offers to employees "over the heads of the union" when collective bargaining breaks down?
  • Is an employer that introduces widespread covert CCTV to tackle thefts breaching employees' right to privacy?
  • Are Uber drivers "workers", entitling them to basic employment rights such as holiday pay?

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Fiona Cuming and Stephen Simpson. Edited and produced by Laura Kimpton.