The Court of Appeal has held that civil courts should not strike out equal pay claims that are time-barred from the employment tribunal unless the claimant's reasons for failing to bring the claim in the tribunal amount to an abuse of process.
Tori O'Neil, Tessa Harland, Sarah Wade and Ed Gregory are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
In Deer v Walford and another EAT/0283/10, the EAT held that replies to a statutory discrimination questionnaire were "transparently genuine" and that there was no justification for drawing inferences of victimisation.
In Duncombe and others v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families  IRLR 498 SC, the Supreme Court held that the employment of teachers seconded to European Schools on successive fixed-term contracts was objectively justified. However, the teachers could bring unfair dismissal claims in Great Britain in respect of the non-renewal of those contracts, even though they worked wholly abroad.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that, where an employee on notice is summarily dismissed before accruing one year's service, he or she loses any right to claim ordinary unfair dismissal.
The Supreme Court has held that teachers employed by the Government to work in European Schools, which it described as "international enclaves", are entitled to bring unfair dismissal claims in the UK.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the tribunal was wrong to make a restricted reporting order in circumstances where none of the parties in a high-profile discrimination case had shown a sufficient need for protection from identification.
This week's case of the week, provided by DLA Piper, covers the time limit for claiming unfair dismissal.
Claire Benson is managing associate and Helen Corbett, Sinead Jones, Helen Ward and Tori O'Neil are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
In Southern Cross Healthcare Co Ltd v Perkins and others  IRLR 247 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an employment tribunal had no jurisdiction to interpret a term of the employee's contract relating to his entitlement to annual leave.
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