Employment and Pensions Law (12 November – 26 November)

Employment News

Woman, 88, sues NHS for age discrimination after losing job as secretary

Sky News – 25 November

Eileen Jolly, an 88-year-old woman who worked as an NHS secretary at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, is suing the NHS for age discrimination after she was dismissed for not using one of the computer systems correctly. According to Mrs Jolly, unpleasant remarks has been made about her health and age, even though she had not taken a sick day in over ten years.

HR leader wins landmark unequal pay case

People Management – 19 November

People Management discuss the cases of Mrs Samantha Walker v Co-operative Group Ltd and Richard Pennycook, where the Manchester Employment Tribunal ruled that Samantha Walker, former chief HR officer of the Co-operative Group, was unfairly dismissed. The case involved unequal pay and unfair dismissal as her performance was ranked ‘partially achieved’ in a review that led to her dismissal.

Workforce planning ‘can't afford to wait in wake of Brexit uncertainty’

People Management – 16 November

Experts have warned that ‘robust workforce planning measures’ need to be introduced as the Prime Minister releases her draft Brexit Agreement. Employers face a number of uncertainties, including difficulty filling vacancies and need to understand the make up of their workforce alongside implementing recruitment and retention policies for EU nationals.

Addison Lee ruling ‘another nail in the coffin’ for gig economy

People Management – 15 November

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that drivers for taxi firm, Addison Lee, are to be considered employees, not self-employed. This verdict follows those of Uber and Deliveroo and is another victory for those against the gig economy. Drivers for taxi firm Addison Lee will now be entitled to national minimum wage and holiday pay.

Pensions News

Amber Rudd named Work and Pensions Secretary

Professional Adviser – 16 November

Amber Rudd has been appointed the new Work and Pensions Secretary following the resignation of Esther McVey. Rudd was previously the Home Secretary but resigned in April 2018. AJ Bell senior analyst Tom Selby said of the appointment: ‘It is very much a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire.’

UK Work and Pensions Minister resigns over Brexit deal

IPE – 15 November

Following the presentation of a draft Brexit Agreement, Esther McVey has resigned as the UK’s Work and Pensions Minister. In a letter to Theresa May, McVey stated she could not back the Agreement as it did not honour the result of the 2016 EU referendum.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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