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Government takes Woolies and Ethel Austin case to the Court of Appeal today

The Government’s appeal against an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to compensate Woolworth’s and Ethel Austin staff who worked in stores of less than 20 employees will be heard in the Court of Appeal today, 10.30am on Wednesday 22 January 2014. John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: ‘We remain disappointed that the Government is going to…

2014 could hold major repercussions for workplace relations

2014 is set to be another busy year in the world of employment law. As well as the on-going ‘root and branch’ Employment Law review by the government, a number of judicial decisions with major repercussions for future workplace relations are set to be announced. Arpita Dutt, a senior partner with City employment law specialists…

Woolies and Ethel Austin workers Court of Appeal hearing timetabled

Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed the timetabling of a Court of Appeal hearing in which the Government is trying to stop former employees of Woolworth’s and Ethel Austin from receiving justice. It will be on 21 or 22 January 2014. John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “We remain disappointed that the Government…

The Government owes former Woolworths and Ethel Austin workers an apology says Usdaw

Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett has called on the Business Secretary to personally apologise to former Woolworths and Ethel Austin workers for further delaying their compensation and leaving them unsure if they will ever receive anything. Although the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave permission for the appeal, they have ordered that the legal costs…

UK employers should heed judgement on Woolworths collective redundancy case

In a bold and controversial move, the employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has decided to re-write UK redundancy legislation with the result that more employers will be required to inform and consult with elected employee representatives, including trade unions, before they can make redundancies.  Martin Warren, Employment and Pensions Practice Group Head at global law firm…

Eversheds comment: Woolworths’ legal appeal could impact all UK employers

In January this year an employment tribunal awarded over £68 million (as reported by the shop workers’ trade union USDAW) in respect of thousands of former employees of Woolworths. This followed a failure to consult those employees in advance of their redundancies when the company went into administration in 2008. Trade unions acting for former…