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Whistleblowing in the Public Interest – Court of Appeal Test Case

Workplace whistleblowers only enjoy the protection of the law if the disclosures they make are in the public interest – but what exactly does that mean? The Court of Appeal has analysed that issue for the first time in a vital test case. The case concerned an estate agent who feared that his earnings would be gravely depleted by a change in his employer’s...

‘Good Work’ – The Taylor Review

In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business needs. The Review, entitled ‘Good Work’, has now been published and makes many recommendations. These focus broadly on three challenges. These are Tackling...

Supreme Court Outlaws Pensions Discrimination against Gay Partners

The Supreme Court has struck a ground-breaking blow against discrimination in the case of a gay employee whose husband was denied the right to a full survivor’s pension in the event of his death. The Court’s decision to disapply a discriminatory provision of the Equality Act 2010 underlined the primacy of European law. The man’s employer had informed him...

Car Repair Shop Manager Pays for Health and Safety Incompetence

Health and safety in the workplace must be taken seriously and a failure to do so can have severe consequences. In one case, a car repair shop manager’s woefully inadequate performance in that respect meant that he was entitled to zero compensation, notwithstanding his unfair dismissal. The man had worked for the same company for more than 40 years and its...

Long Tail Asbestos Losses – Where Does Corporate Liability Lie?

Long tail losses arising out of asbestos exposure are immense and judges are often obliged to delve far back into corporate history in order to discern where liabilities rightfully fall. That was certainly so in one case concerning an electricity industry worker who died from cancer almost 50 years after he was exposed. The man worked in the turbines division of...