Tags: Supreme court

Christina Morton: Pimlico Plumbers – Legal battle for workers’ rights continues at the Supreme Court

The announcement last week of Pimlico Plumbers’ decision to appeal to the Supreme Court over the employment status of one of its plumbers, Mr Smith, was widely expected, not least because of extensively publicised comments made by Pimlico Plumbers founder, Charlie Mullins, to the effect that the Court of Appeal reached the wrong decision in the case.

Supreme Court dismisses retirement case appeal

The Supreme Court has today made a landmark decision to dismiss the appeal in the Seldon retirement case. This case concerned the scope for justifying direct discrimination on the ground of age and in particular a mandatory retirement age contained within a partnership agreement. In the Seldon case, Leslie Seldon, a partner in law firm,…

Kelly Sayers: Closer to the heart

Many companies now have nepotism policies in place to avoid favouritism, undue influence or conflicts of interest in employment decisions. However, what bearing does the closeness of a relationship have on the question of discrimination on the grounds of marital status?   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has recently grappled with this issue in the…

Commission funds first age discrimination cases heard at the Supreme Court

The Commission used the first two age discrimination cases heard by the UK’s Supreme Court on the 17 January 2012 to argue that an exception to the law banning age discrimination in employment is in urgent need of clarification. Both cases seek clarity from the UK’s highest court on the interpretation of the rule that…

Supreme court rules on arbitration

The UK supreme court has ruled after a much anticipated declaration that arbitrators are not ’employees’ for purposes of UK anti-discrimination legislation. On 22 June 2010, in Jivraj v. Hashwani, the Court of Appeal applied UK anti-discrimination legislation to invalidate an arbitration agreement which stipulated that only members of a certain religious group could act…