Review of the year 2014 from an employment lawyer's perspective

22 Dec 2014

So, was 2014 a momentous year for employment law, or not? Shared parental leave became fact of life on 1 December, but will probably not have a real impact until next year.

We had plenty of developments with regard to holiday pay, of course: the Lock v British Gas decision about holiday pay and commission seems to have escaped many employees (and employers perhaps), whereas the EAT decision on holiday pay and overtime was, for a day in November, top story on the BBC news.

Zero-hours contracts were still in the news: both new legislation and litigation by zero hours workers about their rights are working their way through the system.

ACAS early conciliation began in April and seems to have been a qualified success.

Certain business immigration rules changed (of course) and we now have to advertise vacancies before recruiting from abroad.

Employment status remains a difficult area – a slew of cases about beauty consultants, stable-hands, interpreters, law firm partners and others have grappled with the categories of employee, worker and self-employed, without arriving at easy-to-follow principles that we can all apply in practice. A government review is looking at this area.

Case law on TUPE continues to evolve, with decisions about who is part of an organised grouping on a service provision change, and about the impact of a change in location on a transfer.

Not momentous, perhaps, but always interesting. So what lies in store for 2015? In 2015 there is lots more to come, including a number of cases on collective redundancy consultation, a case about when an employer is deemed to know about a disability, an EU case on whether travelling time is working time, a decision about acting rationally in determining bonuses, and even a case on how to calculate a day’s pay.

Plus two very important events:

  • the general election on 7 May; and
  • our Strategic Employment Law Conference – more details coming soon.

Further reading

To whom does TUPE apply?

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26/10/2021
An individual’s employment status and the effect that has on their rights and on the rights and obligations of the person who uses their services, is an issue that's likely to remain.
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The consumer power shift - CMA reforms on the horizon

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13/10/2021
Incoming reforms are set to increase the CMA's reach. Jay Barnett explains what this means for businesses and consumers
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The consumer power shift - CMA reforms on the horizon

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13/10/2021
Incoming reforms are set to increase the CMA's reach. Jay Barnett explains what this means for businesses and consumers
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The Rise and Rise of Fixed Costs in Litigation

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12/10/2021
Changes to the way litigation claims are run are on the horizon. Simon Elcock explains the growing significance of fixed costs.
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